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Getting to adelaide and south australia

South Australia is easily accessed from Australian airports and international gateways. Want to take the scenic route? Hire a car or take the train.

By car

It’s an easy drive to South Australia from Melbourne or Sydney. 

See Google Maps for the direct route from Melbourne (less than 8 hours travel time). Or take the scenic route and follow our Melbourne to Adelaide driving guide with must-do’s and places to stay along the way. Download a map to bring with you.


From Sydney, a direct trip is about 14 hours drive time. Another option is the leisurely River and Wine self-drive road trip itinerary, 

By Air
Adelaide is easily accessible from all Australian airports, international gateways and now Newcastle airport. The flight to Adelaide from Melbourne is less than 1 hour and just 1 hour, 40 minutes from Sydney. Flights from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island will commence in December 2017

Domestic airlines: Qantas, JetstarVirgin Australia, Fly Pelican and Tigerair.

Flights to kangaroo island

On 5 June, Kangaroo Island welcomed a new roo, with Qantas announcing direct flights to the Island from Melbourne and Adelaide. 

Qantas Route
Melbourne to Kingscote, starting 17 December: Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. 
Adelaide to Kingscote, starting 4 December: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.

Tell me more: Find out more on the Qantas website.

By Rail
Great Southern Rail offers three interstate travel options to Adelaide - The Overland from Melbourne; 

The Ghan between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and The Indian Pacific which runs between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. Explore more train travel within South Australia on historic lines.

By Bus

Travel by coach from Melbourne to Adelaide with Firefly Express. There's also a timetable for Sydney to Adelaide trips.

By ship

International and domestic cruises berth in South Australia on a range of vessels, from smaller boutique ships to mega-liners. Read more

Getting around South Australia

Once you arrive in Adelaide, getting around is easy. Within South Australia, Regional Express, and QANTASLink offer flights to regional centres.

The main coach terminal in Adelaide is the Adelaide Central Bus Station. All coaches depart from and arrive at this terminal. Look at Greyhound Australia, LinkSA or Premier Stateliner.


Less than two hours drive from Adelaide, the SeaLink ferry takes you across to 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. Each operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless otherwise advertised.

Public transport

Choose from trains, trams and buses. If you’re in town for a holiday or for business, a good option is the Adelaide Metro Visitor Pass which includes unlimited travel for three consecutive days as well as a visitor pack with maps and travel guides. For more information, visit the Adelaide Metro website.

Explore with the free City Connector Loop-Bus

Get around the city on the free City Connector Bus, which runs frequently until about 6pm each day. Fridays until 9pm. This bus service operates seven days a weeks and stops include the South Australia Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Rundle Street (East End), Adelaide Central Market, Hindley Street precinct, UniSA and Adelaide University. There is also a free connector service to North Adelaide.

A tram ride through the city’s heart is free

The free city tram takes you between the South Terrace tram stop and the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh.

Stay on the Glenelg-bound tram (fee applies) and you'll be at Adelaide’s premier beach in about 30 minutes. The tram stops along Jetty Road (travel along Jetty Road is free) and terminates at the beach. See AdelaideMetro for more information and timetables.

Ride a bike

There are more than 500 bikes available from Adelaide Free Bikes. You can pick one up from 20 city locations. Find out more.

Within the city streets, you'll find this eco-friendly, short-trip public transport an option when it's a bit too far to walk. Book a ride here. You can also discover Adelaide on a tour with EcoCaddy, visiting markets, green spaces, laneways and museums. Join a boutique bar cruise, kids cruise or shopping cruise. Find out more about EcoCaddy experiences.

Hire cars

There are numerous hire car companies that can help get you on the road. See the full list.


Get around the city easily in an Uber. You can also be dropped off at Adelaide Airport in an Uber.


Get around the city easily or to and from Adelaide Airport, or hop on the JetExpress bus

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