Getting Around Adelaide and South Australia
Once you arrive in South Australia, getting around is easy. There are plenty of ways to see Adelaide and wider South Australia.
South Australia is a big state and we love to get out and about, so travel options are numerous. City travel is by car, train, bicycle, bus and tram. Country travel is by car, coach and train. See as much of the state as you can while you are here.
The main coach terminal in Adelaide is the Adelaide Central Bus Station on Franklin Street. All coaches depart from and arrive at this terminal.
A number of coach companies have connections within South Australia. Look at Greyhound Australia, Premier Stateliner or Firefly Express for available services.
You can travel to the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Murray River, Mount Gambier and Yorke Peninsula from Adelaide.
Some regional centres in South Australia manage their own town bus services. You can also find coach route information on the BusSA website.
Adelaide is well-serviced by trains, trams and buses. If you’re in town for a holiday, convention or business, a good option is the Adelaide Metro Visitor Pass. The pass includes unlimited travel for three consecutive days as well as a visitor pack with maps and travel guides. If you’re staying longer, no problems - the Visitor Pass can be recharged with normal Metrocard fares to help you get to where you want to go.
For more information, visit the Adelaide Metro website.
The famed Glenelg tramline extends from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Port Road, Hindmarsh, via the city centre to beachside Glenelg. Travel free within the city centre (anywhere between North Terrace and the South Terrace stop). Outside of this zone, you'll need to purchase a ticket. You can find all route and timetable information on the Adelaide Metro website.
You can travel around the Adelaide city centre for FREE when you hop on board the tram between North Terrace and South Terrace, or the 99C bus. You'll find route information on the Adelaide Metro website.
The Adelaide Connector
This bus service is a convenient link between the major facilities within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre. Facilities such as universities, schools, community services and shopping precincts are now linked and accessible via the Adelaide Connector free bus service.
The service operates seven days a week (except public holidays). Mondays to Thursdays it operates from 8am to 6pm, on Fridays from 8am to 9.30pm, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. For more information, see the Adelaide City Council website.
Tindo - the world's first solar-powered electric bus
The world's first solar-powered electric bus is a new addition to the Adelaide Connector Bus service. The bus is carbon neutral. The air-conditioned solar electric bus can carry up to 42 passengers. Tindo travels through the Adelaide city centre and North Adelaide. For more information, see the Adelaide City Council website.
There are numerous hire car companies that can help get you on the road. Budget Rent a Car, Europcar, Access Rent-a-Car, Avis, Excel network Rent a Car, Hertz, Smile Rent a Car and Thrifty Car Rental are just some of the companies in and around Adelaide.
All taxis in Adelaide accept major credit cards and Cabcharge. There are several companies that offer an alternative to taxis, providing luxury vehicles and uniformed drivers for transfers and touring.
City taxi ranks
> North Terrace, near the Adelaide Casino
> Corner of Hindley Street and Morphett Street
> Pulteney Street, at the end of Rundle Mall
> Rundle Street, near the Exeter Hotel
> Hilton Hotel, on Victoria Square
Parking in Adelaide city is relatively easy. The Adelaide City Council website provides a list of the car park facilities available. Look for U-Park, EziPark, Wilson Parking and major department stores such as Harris Scarfe, David Jones and Myer.
Ride around the city centre on a bike supplied by the Adelaide City Council and BikeSA. Free bike hire is now available seven days a week from 9am - 5pm. For more information and details of locations visit the BicycleSA website.
Kangaroo Island ferries
SeaLink ferries take you on the 45 minute crossing by ferry from Cape Jervis on the mainland to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. SeaLink operates two large, fast and comfortable ocean-going ferries.
The luxury ferries transport passengers and vehicles. They have an air conditioned lounge, aircraft-type seating and a licensed cafe. Sit on the top deck and enjoy the sunshine. Relax with a beer, wine or freshly made coffee and fresh snacks in the lounge.
Murray River ferries
Various locations along the Murray River have ferries to help you on your way. Car ferries cross the river at Mannum, Purnong, Swan Reach, Tailem Bend, Walker Flat, Wellington, Morgan, Cadell, Waikerie and Lyrup. Ferries operate 24 hours, seven days a week and are free.
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