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It’s an easy drive to South Australia from Melbourne or Sydney.
Leave Melbourne early in the morning and within a few hours, you’ll be crossing the border into South Australia’s beautiful Limestone Coast region - famous for wine regions like the Coonawarra and gorgeous seaside towns like Robe. Read more.
By evening, you could be checked into your Adelaide city hotel and be heading out to dinner.
A direct drive, according to Google Maps, is less than 8 hours via the Western Hwy/A8 and National Highway A8. Or take the scenic route and follow our Melbourne to Adelaide driving guide with suggested stops, must-do’s and places to stay along the way.
From Sydney, the fastest route is via the M31 and Sturt Hwy/A20 out of Sydney. Exit towards Wagga Wagga before reading National Highway A8 in South Australia
Another option is to follow the River and Wine self-drive road trip itinerary, from Sydney and along the Murray River. The 6 day itinerary also includes the Clare Valley and Barossa.
Adelaide is easily accessible from all Australian airports and international gateways.
The flight to Adelaide from Melbourne is less than 1 hour and just 1 hour, 40 minutes from Sydney.
See more on domestic flights with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia as well as international airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates and China South Airlines. Read more about flights to Adelaide.
Great Southern Rail offers three interstate travel options to and from Melbourne, Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
The Overland operates between Adelaide and Melbourne
The Ghan operates between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin
The Indian Pacific operates between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.
Find out more on the GSR website or explore more train travel within South Australia on historic lines.
Melbourne to Adelaide with Firefly Express
Sydney to Adelaide - http://www.fireflyexpress.com.au/ffnew/timetables.asp?timetable=4
If you are already here and need help getting around, there’s lot of options available.
Intrastate bus, train airline services
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.
Air travel around South Australia
Within South Australia, Regional Express, QANTASLink and Sharp Airlines offer daily services to regional centres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travelling in South Australia? Get advice, maps, brochures and more with a visit to one of our Visitor Information Centres. Find out more.
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