Public Transport, Adelaide
Adelaide’s tram system consists of one tram line which runs from the Entertainment Centre via the city centre to the seaside town of Glenelg.
While only one line the system is very useful to visitors for three reasons:
(i) the section from the Entertainment Centre to South Terrace – eleven stops - is free, hop on hop off as you like. The same applies to the last three stops in Glenelg though this section is less useful to the visitor
(ii) the tram is the easiest and most comfortable way of getting to Glenelg – an important seaside destination and certainly worth half a day of your time
(iii) it can save you a significant amount on parking fees if you are travelling by car and don’t absolutely need to bring it into the city.
In regards to point three – park your car at the Entertainment Centre on Port Road - $4 for all day parking and then jump on the tram for a free ride to the city.
I should point out that the old 1920s tram cars have been replaced by brand new Bombardiar trams (late 2013) so if you read reviews, etc telling you the tram trip to Glenelg is a must do just for the opportunity to ride on an old tram the review is out of date though I have read that there is a plan at some stage to introduce “new, old trams”! See my separate review on the “old, old trams” - the Red Rattler - on my Glenelg page.
The tram is part of Adelaide Metro so the same ticketing system applies. See my separate tip - Bus, Tram, Train – Dayticket for ticket details. Tickets can be purchased on the tram using coins (not notes) or a credit card with pin number. Remember to validate your ticket as appropriate to the ticket.
Trams run every 10 minutes or so on weekdays and every 15mins or so at weekends and on public holidays though less frequently later in the evening.
Since the introduction of new trams and the free service within the city centre area trams have become very popular so be prepared to stand, at least within the city area.
Timetables and other information can be found at http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/routes/Tram
Adelaide Metro Bus Service 99A/C
Route 99A/C (anitclockwise and clockwise respectively) is a useful free bus service for getting around the centre of Adelaide.
While the area covered can be done on foot the bus service is a very welcome alternative when its wet or Adelaide temperatures sore towards or past 40 degrees centigrade which happens regularly in summer.
The primary locations of particular interest to travellers along or close by the bus route are (commencing at Adelaide Railway Station and moving clockwise):
Adelaide Railway Station / Casino / South Australia Parliament House /Festival Centre
State Library / Migration Museum / South Australian Museum / Art Gallery of South Australia/ University of Adelaide
Tandaanya Aboriginal Culture Gallery
Central Market / Central Bus Station
Hours of operation - Mon - Thur 8am - 6.30pm, Friday 8am to 9pm, Sat 8.40am - 5pm, Sun and Public Holidays 10am -5pm.
Service operates every 15mins Monday-Friday, every 30mins Saturday-Sunday and public holidays
Adelaide City Council - Free Connector Bus
This is a less regular (hourly) service - 98A/C - following a similar route to that of the 99A/C with additional stops in North Adelaide. The additional stops into North Adelaide include Adelaide Oval (for St Peters Cathedral) and the Adelaide Zoo. Both these are a short walk from the 99/AC route so I would recommend sticking with it.
Hours of operation are similar to the 99A/C.
A route map and timetable for both routes can be downloaded from: http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps/Special-Services/Free-City-Services#service-routes
A Daytrip Metroticket costs $9.70 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A 3-Day Visitor Pass is also available and costs $25.00.
A single peaktime ticket costs $5.10 (or $3.39 of you get a metrocard - the initial cost of a metrocard is $10, which includes a starting balance of $5). This ticket is valid for two hours. A peaktime point to point fare costs $3.00 (or $2.20 on metrocard).
Off peak travel (9.01am - 3.00pm Mon-Friday and all day Sunday and public Holidays) costs around 2/3rds of peak time travel. It is important to note that ALL day Saturday is classified as peak travel time in Adelaide! The Daytrip Metroticket and the 3 day pass is valid all day any day.
You don’t need to use paid public transport around the city centre, either walk or catch the free bus services or the tram (between the Entertainment Centre stop and South Terrance stop). Also consider a free bicycle for travel around the inner city area. That said the free bus service is not that frequent and has limited coverage so you may just want to use regular buses.
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 or downloaded from http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps.
Buses # 98 and 99 running in the city center and also the tram in the city center are free, other buses and the tram outside the center are AUD 3,20 between 9 am and 3 pm, at peak hours and weekends AUD 5,10.
There are also free bicycles (but a hefty fine if you return it after 4.30 pm).
Free Wifi in most of the central city and most museums are free.
Adelaide Airport is only 7kms from the city, making it an easy 15 minute drive away to the City Centre by bus, car or taxi.
Adelaide Metro buses 130, 132, J1, J1A, J2 and J3 leave frequently from Adelaide Airport and terminate in the city centre. A single ticket for this trip costs $4.20.
If you are travelling by taxi, they are located outside the domestic and international terminals and cost approximately AU$20-25 into the city.
Check the website for JETBUS services to and from the Adelaide Airport.
I really felt like I was at home in Melbourne when I spotted and then rode the cities one tram line that links Glenelg to the City and has been extended to the Entertainment Centre.
The trams are fast and efficient, with plenty of seating off-peak. Glenelg to Entertainment
Centre via Brighton Road, Morphett Road, Marion Road, South Road, Greenhill Road,
South Terrace, Victoria Square, King William Street, North Terrace & Port Road..
Service operates 7 days a week and takes about 50 minutes to make a complete trip.
Good news if you are an ‘oldie’ like me – the trams are free between 9am and 3pm and all day at weekends and public holidays. Check web link below for current ticketing information and other modes of public transport in and around Adelaide.
If you are going places outside of Adelaide by Bus, then you will probably need to go to the Adelaide Central Bus Station.
This is where Buses leave for regional and interstate bus travel, as well as specialist tour's.
The station has a large passenger lounge, luggage lockers, refreshments, public telephones, ATM and toilets. Taxi ranks and passenger drop of areas are located outside the station.
The Skylink airport shuttle operates from the Adelaide central bus station transferring passengers to the Adelaide airport and the Adelaide parklands terminal at Keswick.
The Adelaide Central Bus Station operates from 5am - 9.30pm, 7 days a week.
Regional and interstate services are.......Buses 'R' Us, Firefly Express, Greyhound Australia,
LinkSA, Premier Stateliner, Sealink, V/Line and Yorke Peninsula Coaches.
Tour and charter operators are..........
•Adelaide's Top Food and Wine Tours
•Des's Mini Bus Tours and Charters
•King William Travel
As the name "Central" suggests , the Adelaide Central Bus Station is the main coach terminal in Adelaide and is located conveniently at 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide an easy walk to shopping and accommodation options.
All interstate and country coaches depart from and arrive at this terminal. The station also services some specialist tour operators. for example the bus/ferry service to Kangaroo Island.
The A.C.B.S. is only a cheap taxi ride or shuttle bus ride away from the Airport,
There are facilities to make your wait more comfortable:
• Car park at UPark Grote Street (above the Bus Station)
• Passenger drop off area on Bowen Street (Between Franklin and Grote)
• Luggage lockers • Taxi rank • Public telephones and ATM
• Refreshments • Internet cafe
• Toilets/Disabled toilets • Shower
On our way to Kangaroo island we arrived by taxi from the airport; parked our luggage in the Lockers for a couple of hours ; walked up to Rundle Mall to window shop & had afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel before catching our bus.
For detailed info on the luggage lockers consult the travelogue below.
Open 5am to 9:30pm , 7 days a week.
There are two entry points:
85 Franklin Street
or 84 Grote Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Holders of Australian Seniors Cards issued anywhere are entitled to free transport on Adelaide's Public Transport System outside of peak hours.
Just show your Seniors Card and you'll travel Free on all Adelaide Metro public transport services:
9.01 am to 3 pm weekdays
All day on weekends and public holidays
When you board the bus, show the driver your Seniors Card and you’ll be issued with a green ticket. Place the ticket into the validating machine with arrows facing up and pointing forwards.
On trains and trams
When you board the train or tram, make sure you have your Seniors Card ready to show the Passenger Service Assistant or Conductor onboard. You do not need a ticket.
To enter or exit Adelaide Railway Station you must show your Seniors Card at the staffed gates adjacent to Platform 1.
Adelaide Metro operates FREE bus and tram services. Both offer low floor easy to access trams and buses and are fully air conditioned. Using these services, tourists can get to many of Adelaide's great attractions.
Free tram service: South Terrace to the Entertainment Centre. The FREE 99C City Loop bus service takes a loop around the City. Highlights on this line are 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, UniSA and Adelaide Universities.
the public train service is way underrated. while it's not so great if you're sticking to a tight time frame (as it's always usually a little late), it's still a pretty good way to get from the city to the southern areas like norlunga (+some great beaches), or all the way up to gawler. The trains cover most major points around suburban adelaide, give or take a few. It's fairly cheap too, about $2.50 for a single trip that lasts a couple of hours, or between $12 and $25? for a ten trip ticket depending on your concession.
*new tram lines connecting north adelaide with the cbd...currently still under construction.
By Air : Both the Adelaide Domestic and the International Airports are located 5 kms west of the city centre.
Airport Bus Service There is a transit bus which services both the international and domestic terminals. The cost is reasonable and will provide transport to many of the city hotels and motels. The bus leaves at half hourly intervals.
Central Bus Station : Adelaide's regional and interstate bus station is located in Franklin Street, a short walk from the G.P.O. Most coaches arrive and depart from this central point.
Keswick Interstate Rail Passenger Terminal : Adelaide's regional and interstate railway terminal is situated at Keswick, 2 kms west of the city centre.
Public Transport : The city’s public transport network is operated by a many operators and use a ticketing system called Metroticket. The system includes metropolitan buses, trains, the O-Bahn busway, and a tram line to Glenelg.
Adelaide Metro : The metro is the largest public transport supplier of buses, trains, trams and O-Bahn services in South Australia.
Taxis : There are taxi ranks at the main points around the city centre, or you can telephone for a taxi by ringing any of the major taxi companies.
There are two free bus services in the city - the BeeLine and the City Loop. The depart every 5 mins during shopping hours. The City Loop travels between the entertainment, cultural, retail, educational as well as the Rundel St restaurants. The BeeLine runs down King William St between the Railway Station, Victoria Square, the Casino and North Terrace.
Adelaide's public transport is excellent!
You definitely have to take the beautiful old tram to the beach suburb of Glenelg which takes about 30 min.
There are two city loop routes which are FREE and get you anywhere downtown!
If you are planning to travel further, do buy a day ticket! It's just 6,60 AU$!!!
Getting to Glenelg from Adelaide is easy.
Hop on the Glenelg Tram - South Australia's only remaining operating Tram service. The journey takes just 29 minutes!
Trams depart from scenic Victoria Square in Adelaide City.
A day-trip ticket coast only A$5.60 circa 2001 and the ticket allows you to hop off and on the Tram along Jetty Road in Glenelg without limits. (A Daytrip ticket allows unlimited travel and transfers on the Adelaide Metro public transport system from time of first validation until 4.30am in the morning)
The tram departs every 15 minutes from Mon-Sat (8am-5pm) and every 20 minutes on Sun and public holidays.
Adelaide has good public buses linking Adelaide with all outlying suburbs via the Adelaide Metro.
The bus services are broken up into different zones, and crossing into each zone charges a different rates. (The further you go, the more you pay; naturally)
I bought 3 day-trip tickets during my stay in Adelaide and they brought me to places such as Glenelg, Brighton, Henley Beach and Hanhdorf. A Daytrip ticket allows unlimited travel and transfers on the Adelaide Metro system from the time of first validation until 4.30am in the morning. You can hop on and off at will, stopping at places you wanted to explore. On weekends and public holidays, two children under 15 years of age can travel FREE when accompanied by an adult using a Daytrip ticket.
Then (circa 2001), it was A$5.80, now it is $A6.60 (circa Jul 2005).
Your Metroticket must be stamped (validated) every time you board an Adelaide Metro bus, train or tram.