A Daytrip Metroticket costs $9.10 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. Valid to 4.30am the following morning.
A single peaktime ticket costs $4.90 (or $3.19 of you get a metrocard - the initial cost of a metrocard is $10, which includes a starting balance of $5). Daytrip Metroticket thus pretty good value if you are going to use public transport.
You don’t need to use paid public transport around the city centre, either walk or catch the free bus services. Also consider a free bicycle for travel around the inner city area. If you want to go further afield get the daytrip Metroticket. No is such thing as multiday tickets.
The Adelaide Metro information centre (on King William Street near the corner with Currie Street) has route maps and timetables for all train and bus routes. Pick up a free copy of The Metro Guide which explains the whole system and has maps of all bus routes. Route maps can also be picked up in Adelaide Railway station.
Adelaide City Bikes is a FREE bike hire scheme available to everyone every day. The scheme is an initiative of Adelaide City Council aimed at achieving a cleaner and greener city.
Bicycles are sturdy black machines - certainly not designed for speed but they will get you around the city. Bicycles can be ridden anywhere within the city limits - I recommend a ride along the banks of the Torrens River or the Parklands Trail.
While the Adelaide City Bikes website suggests less than 10 hire locations I understand this has now increased to 17 (Dec 2012). Give them a call to see what's near you. Bicycles are not available if the forecast temperature is above 38 degrees centigrade.
To hire a bicycle each cyclist will need to leave either their driver's license, passport or Australian proof of age card as a security deposit. You must get your document back when you return the bicycle to the same location that you hire it from.
BY LAW you must wear a cycle helmet (provided). A cycle lock is also provided free of charge.
Classier bikes and multiple day hires are also available (at a cost) from BikeSA - the organisation that operates Adelaide City Bikes.
The website below provides additional information including hire locations and their hours of operation (this varies from centre to centre). A useful map can also be downloaded from it.
Adelaide City Bikes are FREE TO HIRE between 9am - 4.30pm from 9 different locations in the City.
To take advantage of the Adelaide City Bikes scheme, all you need is either your current driver's licence or passport. Your ID will be held as a deposit for the duration of the hire and will be given back to you when you return your Adelaide City Bike to the point of hire.
If you get a puncture, or a mechanical failure, simply call Bicycle SA on 8168 9999 for assistance (Monday to Friday within the CBD only).
Law states you MUST RIDE WITH A HELMET ON and these are available in a range of sizes. Each bike will be fitted with a bike lock, which means you can hop off your bike to shop or go for lunch confident that your bike will be where you left it when you return.
Bikes can only be used during daylight hours and will not be hired out on days where the temperature for Adelaide have been forecast 38 degrees and above.
LOCATIONS ARE .....
Bike S.A. 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide
Adelaide City Council, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Backpacker OZ, 114 Wakefield Street, Adelaide
Travellers Inn, 220 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Peter Pans Adventure Travel, 119 Waymouth street, Adelaide
Meridien, 21-39 Melbourne street, North Adelaide
Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, North Adelaide
Community centre, North Adelaide
Golf Links Par 3, North Adelaide
Please check the website for more information.
Another FREE BUS SERVICE IN THE CITY
The FREE 99C City Loop services take you on a loop around the City. It starts at Victoria Square heading both clockwise and anti-clockwise around the loop of the city.
It takes in the SA Museum, State Library, Art Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Botanic Gardens, Rundle Street (East End), Tandanya Aboriginal Culture Gallery, the Central Markets, the Hindley Street precinct, Uni SA and Adelaide Universities, so is very useful for saving your legs and reaching all the major tourist attractions.
Sometimes, these Buses are very full, as the workers use them to reach their car-parks.
CHECK THE TIMETABLE.....
Save your legs and money, catch the FREE CONNECTOR BUS to take you to North Adelaide, and to the outer parts of the city centre.
The Bus follows a good route, and with an hour between each Bus, there is plenty of time to see the sights.
Even though the Buses are hourly, they do not run on the hour, so check out the website for details.
Easy to see, easy to catch!
As we were staying outside of Adelaide, we decided to park our car at Tea Tree Gully, and catch the O-Bahn Bus into the city.
Tea Tree Gully is a large shopping complex in the North East Suburbs of Adelaide, and is the end or the beginning of the O'Bahn, depending which way you look at it.
It is a very quick, cheap way to reach the city, and parking is FREE at Tea Tree Plaza.
Buses on the O-bahn run on a specially built track. Adelaide's track is 12 km's long, and includes one station and two interchanges: Klemzig Station in Klemzig, Paradise Interchange in Campbelltown and Tea Tree Plaza Interchange in Tea Tree Gully.
Interchanges allow buses to enter and exit the busway and to continue on suburban routes.
Buses travel at a maximum speed of 100 km/h, so it was only 15 minutes and we were in the city centre. On the way back, we were on a Bus that stopped at an Interchange.
We bought our ticket from the Driver on entering the bus, then put it in a machine to validate it.
Tickets are sold at interchanges and on buses. There are different fares for students and concession-card holders and at off-peak times.
An excellent way to go into the city, and cheap too! Car parking in central Adelaide is expensive.
For Bus Numbers, check this site...
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