Adelaide’s population is spread across a large area, but there are diverse public transport options, run by the Adelaide Metro, and plenty of bike paths to help you get around. Also known as the “20 Minute City”, almost everything in Adelaide is about 20 minutes away by car.
Stretching from Adelaide’s outer towns in the north and south, through the Adelaide Hills, and weaving through the city grid, Adelaide’s bus system is the most comprehensive and frequent public transport system. Always make sure you signal to the bus driver for the bus to stop – wave to them on the street to flag them down, or press the ‘stop’ button on-board the bus just before you reach your destination. There are also free City Connector buses that run every half an hour through the city and North Adelaide.
Adelaide’s railway has stops in most major suburbs and it’s the quickest public transport option. There are four major route systems, servicing Adelaide’s north, west and south. At the Adelaide Railway Station there are turnstiles to get to the train platforms – make sure you validate your metroCARD/ticket at the turnstiles and then again on the train. Also ensure you always double-check your train’s route – some are ‘express’ and miss stops along the journey.
Adelaide’s tram is the best for inner-city travel, with the tram free between the South Terrace tram stop, the Entertainment Centre, Botanic Gardens and Festival Plaza – outside from these, the regular fee applies. The tram provides a link to the bustling beachside hub of Glenelg. In Glenelg, between the Brighton Road and Moseley Square tram stops, travel is free
The reusable metroCard is easy to use. Follow these steps.
- Purchase your metroCARD at the Adelaide Railway Station and pre-load it with money.
- Validate your metroCARD on every journey you take by tapping it onto the bright yellow ‘validators’.
- Travel anywhere on public transport within two hours of validating your card – it comes under a standard fee.
When boarding any public transport, you can either use your prepaid metroCARD, or pay for a ticket using coins (although this is more expensive). Travelling before 9.01am and 3pm on weekdays and all-day Saturday will incur ‘peak’ prices, whereas travel between those times and on Sunday has cheaper, ‘interpeak’ ticket prices. When planning your travel, either consult the Adelaide Metro website, the real-time metroMATE app, or use Google Maps. If you need to travel with your bike during ‘peak’ hours, you will have to buy another, separate ticket for the bike.
Contact Adelaide Metro
If you need any help for further information on Adelaide’s public transport, you can visit the Adelaide Metro website, or visit the Adelaide Railway Station InfoCentre, North Terrace, in person.
Adelaide Metro Infoline: 1300 311 108