Adelaide City - Getting Here and Around

Plane, train or automobile

Australia’s most liveable city is easy to reach and even easier to get around. Just seven kilometres from the city centre, a taxi ride from Adelaide Airport takes about 10 minutes at most times. There are also regular shuttle buses.

Driving through the Clare Valley towards Adelaide, South Australia

Travelling by car from the east? National Highway One is your easiest way into Adelaide. Take your time with the River and Wine self drive itinerary from Sydney or Melbourne, which includes the Murray River, Clare Valley and Barossa.

Stunning scenery

Take the scenic route along the Great Ocean Road with the Melbourne to Adelaide self drive itinerary. The South Eastern Freeway guides you in to Adelaide. Once you pass the Old Tollgate, you’re only six kilometres from the city centre. 

From the west

National Highway One intersects Main North Road at Gepps Cross and then you’re on a direct route to Adelaide’s city centre. It’s a similar story coming from the north, where the A1 also ends at Gepps Cross.

Walk about

Seeing the city sights by foot is always a holiday highlight. The flat streets make Adelaide an easy walking city. The visitor friendly street layout means the only decision to make is which route to take. Download a map of the city to take with you on your travels.

Besides walking, there are several other ways to get around the city centre that won’t cost you any money.

Grab some wheels

Adelaide has a network of dedicated bike lanes and paths - and you don't even have to bring your own bike.

There are more than 500 bikes available for hire in the Adelaide City Bikes fleet and you can hire one for free from 14 city locations. To hire a bike, all you need to do is show some identification (driver’s licence, passport or student card) and fill out a form, and then a bike, a helmet and lock are yours for the day.

Bike hire spots include the Adelaide City Council office on Pirie Street, Peter Pan's Adventure Travel on Waymouth Street, the Adelaide Zoo on Frome Road or the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace. For a full list of bike hire locations and more information, visit BikeSA.

Get around the city on the free City-Loop bus (99C), which runs frequently until about 6pm, on Fridays until about 9pm. This bus service operates seven days a week. Stops include the South Australia Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Rundle Street (East End), Tandanya Aboriginal Culture Gallery, Adelaide Central Market, Hindley Street precinct, UniSA and Adelaide University.

A tram ride through the city’s heart is free

The Free City tram takes you between the South Terrace tram stop and the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh.

Stay on the Glenelg-bound tram and you'll be at Adelaide’s premier beach in about 30 minutes. The tram stops at Jetty Road, which is great for shopping and dining. To the north of Moseley Square is the Holdfast Shores marina complex, where you can stay in a seaside apartment, enjoy fine dining or do a spot of shopping.

Watch out for the bright green bus called “Tindo.” It’s the world’s first solar-powered bus. Tindo travels between the city and North Adelaide.

Planning to travel a little further? Adelaide’s bus and train network will take you efficiently to your destination, with major tourist attractions just minutes from the city. Check Adelaide Metro for more information.

Access and tours

The trams, like our buses, have disabled access facilities. Read the full details of access points on the Adelaide Metro website. Download the free Adelaide City iPhone App for a guided tour.

Self drive the city and surrounds

If you have just a few days to explore the city, follow the Best of Adelaide and surrounds itinerary. In three days, you'll see the best of Adelaide, including the Adelaide Central Market and Glenelg beach, the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, including the picturesque McLaren Vale wine region.

The WOW Tour - Wildlife, Outback and Wine - also starts in Adelaide. Allow seven days to complete the itinerary, which covers Kangaroo Island, Barossa, Clare Valley and Flinders Ranges.

Adelaide - you’re welcome.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas and useful links for your visit to Adelaide.

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