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.
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$!!!
Here's your transportation deal in Adelaide, people... F R E E
The Adelaide Free Bus/Shuttle provides reliable and timely transportation throughout the Central Business District starting in the morning and continuing into the early evening. Generally, the buses seem to run about every 15 minutes or so, and they run in each direction. So, ask someone to point out the closest free bus shuttle and check out the route map. The bus, combined with Adelaide's general ease of pedestrian navigation, will make it a snap to get anywhere you'd like in this beautiful South Australian city.
FYI, many if not all of the public buses in Adelaide are handicap-accessible.
Adelaide Metro Bus Service 99C
Route 99c is a useful free bus service for getting around the centre of Adelaide. The bus operates in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.
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
A route map and timetable can be downloaded from: http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/routes/99C
Adelaide City Council - Free Connector Bus
This is a less regular (hourly) service following a similar route to that of the 99C with additional stops in North Adelaide. The service uses the world’s first solar electric bus TINDO. 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 99C route so I would recommend sticking with it.
For those interested to explore other stops a route map and timetable can be downloaded from http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/community/your-transport-options/free-connector-bus/
Hours of operation are similar to the 99C.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ^_^.)
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.
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.
When travelling around the inner city of Adelaide, use the CITY LOOP. It operated 7 days a week and it's Free. Makes getting aroud town hasstle-free. Then again, most destinations you can walk to anyways.
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.