Getting here & around

Located less than 20 minutes from the major transport hubs such as the Adelaide airport, Adelaide is an easy city to get to, and around. While we’d love you to lose yourself in Adelaide, Colonel Light’s city plan of a square mile grid of wide streets dotted with lush grass squares makes it a really easy city to navigate on foot, by cycle, taxi, Uber or public transport.

Getting here

Planes

Adelaide Airport is serviced by a wide network of international airlines, giving you easy access to Adelaide from all corners of the globe. Domestic airlines Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and TigerAir all offer flights from Australian capital cities. You can also fly from the key regional cities of Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln and Kingscote (Kangaroo Island).

Check the Adelaide Airport website for all arrival information.

There are numerous ways to get to the city from the airport. Take a taxi or ride-share (Uber) for around $20 to $25.00. Airport levies apply and are included in the fare. Public transport services JetExpress and JetBus offer cheap bus transport to the city. Refer to the Adelaide Metro website for timetables and costs. For a door to door service to major city hotels, Northern Flyer offers a shuttle service. Just jump on board at the airport (after you’ve paid of course!)

Trains

Weekly interstate train services The Ghan (from Darwin and Alice Springs), the Indian Pacific (from Perth or Sydney) and The Overland (from Melbourne) are operated by Great Southern Rail.  You can choose your class of travel. The Adelaide Parklands terminal is located on the edge of the city, just five minutes’ drive.

Automobiles

Coach services arrive daily at the Central Bus Station, from interstate capital cities and regional South Australian towns. The station is located in the heart of the city in Franklin Street, near the Adelaide Central Market. The Adelaide Central Bus Station operates from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm, seven days a week for buses servicing regional areas and interstate destinations.

All major car hire companies have offices at the Adelaide Airport or in the city centre. Campervan hire companies are located just out of the city centre.

If you are driving your own car from interstate or regional South Australia, you’ll find an abundance of car-parking centres scattered throughout the city centre. Fees vary, so check before you leave. On-street parking is also available, but conditions vary greatly. Check signage (and your watch!) carefully, as a parking fie is the one Adelaide souvenir you don’t want! It’s also worth reading our guide to city parking.

Getting Around

Walking

Adelaide’s wide tree-lined boulevards and many community squares make it a pleasure to walk around the city. We’ve put together a variety of walking trails to help you discover the many facets of the city.

Cycling

Adelaidians are well known for their love of Lycra®. There are dedicated cycle lanes on many city streets, and cycle tracks make it easy to get to and from the suburbs in safety.  

E-Scooters

Two operators e-scooter share programs currently operate in the city’s central business district, providing a fun and convenient way to move about the city. 

The e-scooters are unlocked using a smartphone app and are fitted with GPS tracking so that users and the operator can find them.

Taxis and ride-share

There are a range of chauffeur, taxi and ride-share options readily available in Adelaide. For passengers with a disability, Suburban Access Taxis have vehicles fitted with hydraulic lifts, allowing those in wheelchairs and scooters to be transported securely and respectfully.

Public transport

Adelaide is well serviced by public transport. Adelaide Metro run buses, and trams through the city and trains to and from surrounding suburbs. Fees apply. Check the Adelaide Metro website for timetables and fare information, or call into their InfoCentre on the corner of King William and Currie Streets.

You can ride the tram free of charge between South Terrace, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Botanic Gardens. Beyond this fees apply and tickets must be validated. For your convenience, there are also two Connector Bus services: one offering a free inner city circuit between major tourist attractions, the other extending out to North Adelaide. It’s a great way to see the sites when you’re on a budget.