Well firstly you’ll probably need a map. You’ll see that Adelaide is an very easy city to navigate. The centre of the city is compact – more or less a square mile, with a terrace on each edge, surrounded by Park Lands. So generally all you need to do is walk, rarely more than 20 minutes, to get to your next destination.
When you arrive:
- If you are on a tight budget, use the airport bus. Otherwise, grab a cab. The airport is close to the city and a cab usually costs about $20.
- Ditto if you arrive by train. The train station is even closer to the city than the airport. Walking distance if your budget’s REALLY tight. A $10 cab ride otherwise.
- The Central Bus Station (for interstate bus arrivals) is right in the centre of town.
And once you are here:
- Pick up a free city bike. City bikes are available all over the place, It is daily hire (you can’t keep the bikes overnight) but you can hire as many days as you like. You will need to leave your passport or drivers licence as a deposit.
- Jump on the tram. It is also free – within the city. (If you cross the Park Lands , for example to go to Glenelg, you have to buy a ticket. You can buy them on board. )
- Use the free City Connector bus. Route 98 (98A anti-clockwise and 98C clockwise) links the City and North Adelaide every 30 minutes seven days a week (including Public Holidays). Route 99 (99A anti-clockwise and 99C clockwise) just runs around the City – every 30 minutes on weekdays. Together routes 98 and 99 provide a 15 minutes service in both directions through the city along Grote Street, Morphett Street, Whitmore Square, Sturt Street, Halifax Street, Hutt Street, East Terrace and North Terrace. Jump on and off to your heart’s desire.
- To get to places outside the square mile you may need to grab a bus or train. Visit Adelaide Metro on the corner of Currie and King William Streets or go on line and use their great little trip planner. You can also ring their extremely helpful advice line on 1300 311108.
- The ticketing system is fairly simple. You can buy an individual ticket (available from the bus driver). These last for two hours from the time the ticket is validated – so often you can get ‘there and back’ on one ticket. Or, if you are out and about for longer, you can buy a day-trip ticket, or a three day Adelaide Metro Visitor Pass ($25 as at January 2015).
- If you are going to be in Adelaide for a while, you can buy a metro card ($5), charge the card up with an amount of your choosing, and re-charge as you need it. All tickets work on buses, trains and trams – so one ticket covers the whole journey even if you swap modes of transport. Concessions apply for students and seniors.
- You can take your bike on all trains. During peak hour there is a charge for the bike – but they travel free off peak and on weekends.
- If you need to hire a car, all the usual suspects are available at the airport. If you are already in the city try Europcar or Budget, both on North Terrace. For cheaper car and camper hire, try Wicked Campers .
- If you’re here for longer – and want access to car but don’t need to own one – join GoGet Carshare.