There are free bus services around the city. The Beeline takes you up and down King William Street from Victoria Square to the Railway. Then there are 2 buses that go around the CBD (Bus 99C) . One goes clockwise and the other one goes anti-clockwise. They generally run during daytime, but goes until 9pm on Friday nights. Handy because it goes to most of Adelaides landmarks. Adelaide CBD is vast because the street blocks are big and the roads are wide. Saves you from walking long distances.
Adelaide's CBD is small enough to manage on foot. In fact, depending on the weather you can see quite a lot of Adelaide on foot. If you're not staying somewhere in or around the CBD you may need to access public transport. Taxi's are reasonable and there are trains, but Adelaide seems easiest by bus.
The suburban train station is on North Terrace. It has a limited number of lines, but services the outer southern and northern suburbs quite well.
The interstate trains like The Ghan, arrive at the Keswick rail terminal which is 5 minutes from Adelaide by motor vehicle.
Country buses arrive in Franklin Street Adelaide.
Other buses have better services and they have a high speed bus called The Obahn, though it only runs from the city to the Northern suburbs & back.
Passenger Transport Info Centre has a main office on the corner of King William St and Currie St (timetables, tickets, and some tourist information).
Office 8 am - 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Sunday 10.30 - 5.30 pm
Telephone(08) 8210 1000
A day ticket for the public transport may be a good idea.
An original vintage 1929 Glenelg Tram departs from Victoria Square, just near the fountain, and travels along King William St to Glenelg the popular tourist beach.
The service runs 7 days a week till approx 11.15 pm at night.
Travelling around Adelaide is a breeze with the all intergrated SA public transport consisting of
1,200 kms+ of bus routes
10.8 kms of tram line
8000+ bus stops
120 kms of train line
92 rail cars ...
For more info - go check out the website!!
The INFOCENTRE is
Open 8am - 6pm Monday to Saturday and
10.30am - 5.30pm Sunday.
Getting around Adelaide via public transport may be easy or difficult depending on where exactly you're staying. There are areas where you're basically stuffed if you can't drive yourself around, such as some places in the Adelaide Hills and more remote suburbs where buses only come by a couple of times a day and only go to a certain place.
Other suburbs are better. You can get information about routes, times and stops from TransAdelaide brochures, or check out www.adelaidemetro.com.au
If you're going to be using a lot of public transport, it's good to go to a newsagent and buy a multi trip metro ticket; tickets are valid for trains, buses and trams, and you have to stick them into a validator when you get on the train/bus/tram. Then keep your ticket with you because during the trip, particularly on trains, someone may ask to see it to check that you've validated it. If you have a discounted ticket because you are a student or pensioner, you had better have your identity card with you, because these ticket inspectors will want to check that you're eligible for your discounted ticket.
You can also buy tickets on the bus or train.
Generally speaking, trains and trams are somewhat limited; if you are near a station and it goes near where you want to go, then fine, but they're not so good for going off the beaten track; personally I only take a train when I want to go to the city and don't want the hassle of trying to park my car.
If you're gonna drive, be aware of local rules. If you're gonna ride a bike, you're braver than I am. A lot of streets don't have bike lanes, and there are some streets (particularly very busy ones, or narrow roads in the hills) I would be terrified to ride on, but if you like adventure holidays, why not. (Okay, I'm exaggerating. Slightly. ^_^.)
Probably with the politest bus drivers in Australia, Adelaide's bus system is the backbone for public transport.
The trains are however in sore need of an upgrade. Still stuck with diesel, TransAdelaide need to take a note out of every other modern cities book and swap to electrical trains. Adelaide's 'Central Station' itself is one-of-a-kind - there are currently no automatic ticket barriers (you have to show yr ticket to a guard before being allowed through the gates). Seems a terrible waste of time for a city that in so many other ways seems to be 'up with the times'.
Ticket prices are cheap, and with no set 'zones' you can travel from Noarlunga through to Elizabeth on the one ticket (provided you can fit the trip within the two hour time limit for each ticket). They work on buses, trains and trams.
The most attractive way to get to Adelaide is definitely with a car.
The train station is located 5 minutes out of the city, at Keswick. The bus station leaves a lot to be desired but is in the city. The airport is also rather... interesting. You can catch a bus direct from the airport into the city.
Don't let this stop you though because the rest of the city is pretty.
The public transport system can be great or lousy depending on where you are going. It can also be a little confusing and not well sign posted.
To the northern suburbs it is abundant and frequent. To the eastern and western suburbs it is reasonable. To the southern suburbs it is almost nonexistent.
If you can get where you are going on a train, I highly recommend it. They have really cracked down on fare evaders recently, so you must buy a ticket and carry a concession card if you have a concession fare, or you will be fined. You need a valid ticket to enter and leave the Adelaide station. Their method of checking tickets changes just about daily so be prepared for anything and leave yourself plenty of time before your train leaves. Get a timetable too and know which stop you need - they don't always announce them (or you can't understand it) and the signs on platforms are not very clear.
The tram out to Glenelg is a great touristy thing to do.
You can find timetables and buy transport tickets at the transport info centre (cnr of King William and Currie Sts), the train station, and in some shopping centres. You can also buy tickets at newsagents. Tickets work on all forms of public transport. You will need an interpeak if travelling between 0900 hrs and 1500 hrs, and a peak ticket for all other times, including all weekend and public holidays. You must validate your ticket every time you board a vehicle.
There are two free buses in adelaide that show many interesting sights around the city. They are named City Loop(99C) and Bee line(99B), and both depart every 5-10 mins from Victoria Sq, one of the main transport interchanges... the tram to glenelg beach also departs from here.
these buses are very handy, hope on and off as you like, and the drivers of the city loop service point out all the places to visit, and historic landmarks..
Adelaide is very easy to get around. The public transport system like the O-Bahn is quick and reliable. The Trams to and from Glenelg run every 20 minutes, and the trains go to all areas that are further distances. It's a very easy city to walk around in and you'll never get lost. it's virtually impossible.
The public transport is reasonably priced and very simple to use once you have studied and understood the system. :) In the city of Adelaide there are some free buses, but I prefer walking. Public transport to the numerous suburbs varies from extremely good to better than nothing. What I really like about public transport is: The busdrivers and passengers are usually very friendly and helpful and greet eachother.
Riding a bike is very pleasant in Linear Park and off the main roads. (You must wear a helmet!)