Adelaide’s public transport system includes buses, trains and trams and all of this can get you to the far reaches of the city. You’ll find everything you need to know about Adelaide’s public transport including timetables and route maps at the Adelaide Metro website. Alternatively, pop into the Passenger Information Centre at 79 King William Street in the heart of Adelaide or phone +61 8 8210 1000.
The free ‘terrace to terrace’ tram service takes you through the city centre and connects with the Adelaide Railway Station and Uni SA City West Campus. Also look out for the City loop bus (99C) that can take you on a ride past art galleries, museums and universities.
First buy a ticket and then validate it by inserting your ticket into the validating machine. Keep your ticket until the journey has ended and remember to validate the ticket on every journey (you could be fined it you don’t).
These can be purchased from the driver on all buses and conductors on the trams. They can also be purchased using vending machines on trains. A single trip is valid for two hours and can be used as many times as you like within this period. A day trip ticket lasts for one day.
Bikes are allowed free on trains after 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Adelaide airport is eight kilometres from the centre of the city and is easily accessed by car, bus and taxi. The Adelaide Metro JetBus travels between Adelaide airport and the City. There are other services to Glenelg, West Lakes Centre, and Marion Centre Interchanges. You will need a standard Metroticket or metroCARD to board the bus.
These save you money by giving you 10 trips for the price of seven. Multi-trip tickets are not available on vehicles but can be purchased from the Passenger Transport Information Centre, selected post offices, service stations, newsagents, convenience stores and the Adelaide Railway Station.
All local and international students are entitled to a concession when buying tickets. You will need to show your student identification card to gain a concession and ensure you have your student card on you during your journey, as on-board inspectors may ask to see it.
At Park ‘n’ Ride car parks you can leave your car and transfer to an Adelaide Metro public transport service to complete the journey.
On some occasions, at night, in bad weather or if public transport is not available, you may want to take a taxi or ride sharing, such as Uber. For taxis you can make a phone booking, wait at a taxi rank or hail a taxi from the roadside. Taxi fares vary depending on the time of day or if it is a public holiday and also if you have luggage. Sometimes at night you will be asked to pre-pay the fare.