The British and Irish Lions are coming to Adelaide – here’s everything you need to know

Rugby fans from all over the world will flock to Adelaide come 2025, as New Zealand and Australian players team up - for the second time in history - to take on the British and Irish Lions. Gracing our shores once every 12 years, the Lions Tour 2025 is one of rugby’s most prestigious series and will be back down-under in July 2025, to play nine matches across the country. 

As the first tour to take place in a post pandemic setting, the Lions Tour of Australia 2025 is set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated tours in history. Wanting to be a part of the action? With one of the world's best sports stadiums - Adelaide Oval - a city overflowing with world class restaurants and small bars, there are countless reasons to play-on once the game is done. Be the first to know about ticket sales, travel deals and holiday packages to Adelaide and South Australia by subcribing to our newsletter.

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The British and Irish Lions will play in South Australia for the first time in 137 years in Adelaide on Saturday July 12, 2025 in what is slowly shapping up to be the unoffical 'fourth Test' match. Bringing Australian and New Zealand players together on the same team for the first time since 1989 - this historic match is one not to be missed. 

Adelaide / Tarntanya (pronounced Tarn-tan-ya) is the traditional land of The Kaurna (Gar-na) people and the cosmopolitan coastal capital of South Australia. While small it size, it sure packs a punch with plenty of things to see and do before or after the game. Getting around Adelaide city is easy, with a range of  public transport, driving, cycling or walking options.


Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Just 400 metres from the CBD, Adelaide Oval's close proximity to the city makes it one of the most easily accessible stadiums in the country. Book yourself a city hotel and walk in, or take advantage of public transport which are all within a few minutes' walk from train, bus and tram networks. Carparking options on event days vary, please visit Adelaide Oval website for more details. 

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Arriving into Adelaide by plane, you'll arrive at Adelaide Airport. Close to the city centre (7km) there are several options for reaching the city from the Airport. 

  1. Adelaide Metro public busses run from the airport to the city approximately every 30 minutes. J1 and J2 buses will get you from the city to the airport and you will need a metroCARD to pay for this airport service. MetroCARD can be purchased at Adelaide Airport or from participating retailers in the city. 
  2. You’ll find taxi ranks and rideshare pick-up areas at the front of each terminal – simply follow the signage. The journey from the airport to the city takes approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Inquire directly with your hotel for door to door airport transfers

With free trams and buses in the city centre getting around Adelaide is quick and easy. Adelaide as a tram service that operates through the city centre to the popular coastal suburb of Glenelg. Running every 10-15 minutes from 7am to midnight, the tram is also free between South Terrace Station and Entertainment Centre Station. For more details, visit Adelaide Metro. 

If you're planning to just stay in Adelaide, there are plenty of transportation options that'll have you covered. A hire car is recommended if you want to see more of South Australia, including the stunning Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills regions which are all within an hours drive of Adelaide. 

Adelaide city has a number of hotels for you to choose from whether you're looking to kick back in luxury or save your coin without scrimping on style. Find the perfect base for your Adelaide adventure and check out our guide to the best hotels in Adelaide.

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