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Transport in Alice Springs, Australia

Getting There
The airport at Alice Springs is located about 15km southeast of the town centre and is served by an airport shuttle which meets each flight and will take you to your accommodation for $9. Taking a taxi will cost you about $20. This is a domestic terminal and operates both Qantas and Ansett flights. Both offices are located on Parsons Street and these airlines operate flights to Ayres Rock, Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Another airline which uses the Alice Springs terminal is Airnorth which flies to Ayres rock and other locations in the Northern territory three times daily.

If you travel to Alice by bus you will arrive at the Greyhound Pioneer stop at the Coles Complex on West Scott Street or those using the McCafferty’s service will arrive outside the branch office which is located at 91 Gregory Terrace. Both companies operate direct services to Darwin, Adelaide and Ayres Rock as well as connections to Queensland, Western Australia and Perth. Both AAT Kings and Australian Pacific also operate direct connections to Ayres Rock from Alice Springs.

Finally, if you arrive by rail, the station is about 2.5km west of the town centre on George Crescent. While it is only about a 15 minute walk to the town centre, the more tired or laden down of you will probably prefer to take a taxi which will cost you about $4.

Getting Around
Alice Springs has a rather limited metropolitan bus system but because it is relatively small in size you can get from one attraction to the other quite easily on foot. If you don’t think this is for you, however, you can avail of the Alice Wanderer hop-on, hop off bus tour which visits all the major places of interest in the town complete with a running commentary. This will cost you $22 and the tour lasts about seventy minutes.

If you do wish to use the public bus service head to the Yeperenye Shopping Centre on Hartley Street which is where this bus departs from. Don’t go without first getting your hands on a timetable from the tourist office because this service caters mainly for shoppers and school kids and if you don’t plan your route, you may well have quite a wait.

Finally, a lot of visitors to the town hire bicycles from the various hostels. At a cost of $10 per day, this is excellent value and a brilliant way to get around the town and surrounding area.

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