The international airport lies about seven kilometres southwest of the city centre. Several international airlines fly directly to Adelaide as do the country’s two domestic airlines. Quite often, however, you will need to stop over before arriving in Adelaide as it is quite a distance from most of the major cities. Once you arrive, both terminals are served by a special airport bus service which departs every thirty minutes between 6.20am and 9.20pm and will drop you off at requested stops. This will cost you $6 whereas a taxi costs about $15.
A much more economical way to reach the city is by bus and you can travel from all the major Australian cities using this mode of transport. If you do choose this option you will arrive at Adelaide’s main bus station which is located at 101-111 Franklin Street. Several companies use this as their terminal including Greyhound Pioneer, McCafferty’s V/Line, Firefly Express and Premier Stateliner.
Finally, interstate trains which run to Adelaide from Alice Springs, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will arrive at either the North Terrace in town or Railway Terrace, which is situated in Keswick just south west of the city centre.
Take full advantage of the two free bus services which are on offer in the city centre – now that we need to tell you that. The Bee Line which is No. 99B leaves from Victoria Square and travels to North Terrace, past the train station, down Hindley Street and back to Victoria Square. This bus leaves every ten minutes between 7.40am and 6.00pm from Monday to Thursday, between 7.40am and 9.20pm on Friday and every fifteen minutes between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday.
The second free service, the City Loop Bus departs every twenty minutes at the times mentioned above and is especially designed for those with disabilities. With thirty stops around the city, this bus departs from Adelaide Train Station on North Terrace.
While both services are perfect for getting around the city centre, journeys further afield will have to be made availing of the public transport service which is made up mainly of buses. There are some trains, however, and one tramline which travels to Glenelg. These services operate until 11.30pm and you can buy a day-trip, multi-trip or single-trip ticket which can be used on each form of public transport. Tickets for all services can be purchased from station ticket offices, from the vending machine outside the Information Bureau TransAdelaide, in any post office and some newsagents. It is also worth noting that any ticket other than the multi trip variety can be bought on board which ever vehicle you are travelling on.
There are also two night services which are run by private companies and operate on Saturdays between 12.00am and 4.00am. They pick passengers up at Heaven and the Planet nightclubs and cost is $6.