How to Reach Adelaide

The Easiest Way to Reach Adelaide


  • By Air: Adelaide International Airport is located 4 miles from the heart of the city and is a bustling airport. Several Major airlines operate here including Quantas & Air New Zealand. There are several flights to Adelaide from Asia, Europe and the Americas. There are also domestic flights from Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
  • By Train: The Great Southern Railway journey is a tourist experience. The Ghan from Alice Springs and Darwin, The Overaland from Melbourne and The Indian Pacific from Perth, Broken Hill & Sydney are all long distance trains running between Adelaide and other parts of Australia from the coast to the outback.
  • By Road: One can drive to Adelaide form Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney. The drive to Adelaide from most major cities is a long one and takes at least a day to complete. Melbourne to Adelaide via Horsham is 736km, Sydney to Adelaide is 1,422km via Wagga Wagga and Brisbane to Adelaide is 2,031km (1,262mi) via Broken Hill. One can also opt to take the Greyhound Australia buses to Adelaide from Sydney, Melbourne and Alice Springs.


  • By Taxi: One can easily hail a taxi in the streets of Adelaide or call and book one with one of the many taxi providers. Adelaide Independent, Suburban Taxis, Yellow Cabs are all taxi companies plying within the city. Those with mobility issues can book a cab through Access Cabs.
  • By Bike: The Adelaide City Bikes Scheme lets traveller hire bikes for free from 9am and 4.30pm from the Bike SA Office or 6 other locations across the city. This is a great way to explore the city and the hire includes helmets and bike locks if needed. A valid ID has to be produced at the time of hire.
  • On Foot: The city center and shopping areas are easily navigable on foot and well-marked paths and routes for pedestrians are clearly demarcated.
  • By Bus: Adelaide Metro runs free bus services throughout the city. The City Loop, The Bee Line and The City Connector bus routes cover most of the city and major tourist areas. The O-Bahn busway is another interesting way to travel within the city and has 2 stops with onward connections. The JetBus service runs shuttles from the airport to the city every 15 minutes. A detailed Adelaide bus timetable is available at numerous information centers throughout the city or at hotel travel desks.
  • By Tram: The only tram service in South Australia, The Glenelg tram is as much a tourist experience as it is a means to travel. The service is free if you travel between Moseley Square Terminal and Jetty Road Stop 19.
  • By Car: Car hire in Adelaide is easily available and an ideal way to travel if you wish to explore areas surrounding the city independently. The major rental companies in the city are Redspot, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar.

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Modes of Transportation in Adelaide

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Adelaide. The most preferred mode of transport in Adelaide is Car.

Average distance: 13.91 km Average time: 34.28 min

  • Car 53.66%
    Driving 28.27 min Walking 0.73 min Waiting 0.05 min Overall average time for 17.31 kms 29.05 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 14.63%
    Bus 29.17 min Walking 6.33 min Waiting 5.5 min Overall average time for 11.87 kms 41 min
  • Train/Metro 4.88%
    Train 35 min Walking 20 min Waiting 1.5 min Overall average time for 24.5 kms 56.5 min
  • Walking 14.63%
    Walking 37.17 min Driving 3.33 min Bike 2.17 min Overall average time for 3.5 kms 42.67 min
  • Bike 7.32%
    Bike 27.67 min Overall average time for 6.8 kms 27.67 min
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