Glenelg, South Australia

South Australia: travel and transport options

Getting around South Australia is easy. Whether by boat, bus, coach, car, plane, tram or train, come and explore South Australia. Learn more today.

The choice is yours

Once you arrive in South Australia, getting around is easy. There are plenty of ways to see Adelaide and the rest of South Australia  on planes, ferries, trains, trams, buses and even bikes.

Coach transport in the Flinders Ranges

A coach travelling through the spectacular Flinders Ranges.

Air travel around South Australia
Within South Australia, Regional Express, QANTASLink and Sharp Airlines offer daily services to regional centres.

Coach travel
The main coach terminal in Adelaide is the Adelaide Central Bus Station on Franklin Street. All coaches depart from and arrive at this terminal. 

A number of coach companies have connections within South Australia. Look at Greyhound Australia, Premier Stateliner or Firefly Express for available services.

You can travel to the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Murray River, Mount Gambier and Yorke Peninsula from Adelaide. Some regional centres in South Australia manage their own town bus services. You can also find coach route information on the Bus SA website.


Only a couple of hours' drive from Adelaide, the SeaLink ferry takes you across the water to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. There are three departures each day and extra services during peak times. Refreshments are available on-board. 

Crossing the Murray River is easy with free vehicle ferries at Lyrup, Waikerie, Cadell and Morgan. Each operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless otherwise advertised.

Public transport
Adelaide is well-serviced by trains, trams and buses. If you’re in town for a holiday, convention or business, a good option is the Adelaide Metro Visitor Pass.

The pass includes unlimited travel for three consecutive days as well as a visitor pack with maps and travel guides. If you’re staying longer, no problems – the Visitor Pass can be recharged with normal Metrocard fares to help you get to where you want to go. For more information, visit the Adelaide Metro website.


The famed Glenelg tramline extends from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Port Road, Hindmarsh, via the city centre, all the way through to Glenelg beach. Two zones offer free travel  the city centre zone (anywhere between the South Terrace stop and the Entertainment Centre stop) and the Jetty Road Glenelg zone (from the Brighton Road stop to the Moseley Square stop).

Outside of this zone, you'll need to purchase a ticket. You can find all route and timetable information on the Adelaide Metro website.

Free travel

You can travel around the Adelaide city centre for FREE when you hop on-board the tram between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and South Terrace, or take the 99C bus. You'll find route information on the Adelaide Metro website.

The Adelaide Connector
This bus service is a convenient link between the major facilities within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre. Facilities such as universities, schools, community services and shopping precincts are now linked and accessible via the Adelaide Connector free bus service.

The service operates seven days a week (except public holidays). Mondays to Thursdays it operates from 8am to 6pm, on Fridays from 8am to 9.30pm, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. For more information, see the Adelaide Metro website.

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. For a full list of bike hire locations and more information, visit Bike SA.

Hire cars
There are numerous hire car companies that can help get you on the road. Budget Rent a Car, Europcar, Access Rent-a-Car, Avis, Excel network Rent a Car, Redspot, Smile Rent a Car and Thrifty Car Rental are just some of the companies in and around Adelaide.

Find out more about driving in South Australia (several languages available).

All taxis in Adelaide accept major credit cards and Cabcharge. There are several companies that offer an alternative to taxis, providing luxury vehicles and uniformed drivers for transfers and touring.

City taxi ranks

There are a number of supervised taxi ranks that provide a safe place to wait for a taxi after a night out. On Friday and Saturday nights between 11pm and 4.30am these ranks are staffed with a concierge and a security officer.  

They are located at:

  • North Terrace, entrance to the Adelaide Casino
  • Corner of Hindley Street and Morphett Street
  • Pulteney Street, near entrance to Rundle Mall
  • East Terrace near Rundle Street
  • King William Street near entrance to Rundle Mall
  • HQ Nightclub on West Terrace

South Australian Visitor Information Centres

Travelling in South Australia? Get advice, maps, brochures and more with a visit to one of our Visitor Information Centres. Find out more.

South Australia: travel and transport options

Getting around South Australia is easy. Whether by boat, bus, coach, car, plane, tram or train, come and explore South Australia. Learn more today.

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