View from Adelaide Airport

How to get to South Australia: planning your trip

Wondering how to get to South Australia? Easily accessed from Australian airports and international gateways, by car and train, learn more.

Getting here is easy

Adelaide is South Australia’s capital city. It is easily accessed by air from all Australian capital cities and many international destinations. Adelaide Airport is only eight kilometres from the centre of the city, which is about a 15 minute drive.


Adelaide Airport

Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Jetstar offer frequent daily services to Adelaide Airport.


Getting to and from the airport

There is a $AUD2 levy on all taxi fares to and from the airport. The average taxi fare from the city centre to the airport is $AUD20. JetBus provides transport between the airport, Adelaide city and some suburbs.


The 92-seat double decker JetExpress bus provides an efficient service hourly between 5am and 10am and again from 4pm to 9pm on weekdays. The service picks up and drops off passengers on Grote Street and proceeds via Pultney Street and North Terrace to cater for the major hotels in the city centre. Refer to the Adelaide Metro website for a timetable.

International air travel to Adelaide
Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Australia and Jetstar International fly to Adelaide from various countries. Qantas offers international access to Adelaide through code-shared services with Emirates.

Virgin Australia provides a great flexible service called Virgin Australia Airpass. If you’re visiting Australia from overseas with an international carrier, who books through the Virgin Australia Airpass website, you’ll be eligible for great priced flights around Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. Check their website for the latest information.

Air travel within Australia
Several international airlines travel to South Australia. Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer frequent daily services to Adelaide Airport from Australia's capital cities.

Domestic flight times (direct) are: 

  • Melbourne - Adelaide: 1 hour 5 minutes 
  • Sydney - Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes 
  • Canberra - Adelaide: 1 hour 40 minutes 
  • Brisbane - Adelaide: 2 hours 30 minutes 
  • Perth - Adelaide: 3 hours 10 minutes 
  • Darwin - Adelaide: 3 hours 35 minutes 
  • Alice Springs - Adelaide: 2 hours

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