Adelaide Metro operates metropolitan train, tram and bus services. Single and day-trip tickets can be purchased onboard, remaining valid for two hours. Multi-trip tickets are also available. There's a free tram from the CBD to Glenelg, and a free city loop bus. Visit the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre on the corner of King William and Currie Streets for detailed information.
Being so compact, there's really no need to hire a car unless you plan to travel further afield. However, if you don't arrange your car hire before arriving you can easily book at the airport or a city rental office once you're here. Get a map and you're ready to go. Even the CBD is easy to drive around.
With a flat city centre and a grid system of well organised streets, Adelaide is easy to roam and navigate on foot. For a quicker alternative, Adelaide City Bikes depots hire out bikes, helmets and locks for free to tourists. With dedicated bike lanes and pathways around the city, riding is a breeze. There's no better way to take in the sights.
There are plenty of taxis in Adelaide to save you time and make travel easy. Hail a taxi on the street or book ahead by phone. Taxi ranks are located in major city locations, including outside the Sky City Casino on King William Street. With several companies operating, most taxis charge the same, with higher fares at night and on weekends.
Summer in Adelaide is usually hot and dry – it's the driest of all Australian capital cities. The average rainfall in January and February is around 20 millimetres, but no rain at all is also common. The average summer temperature reaches 29°C. In winter, the maximum temperature averages 15°C. June is the wettest month, averaging around 80 millimetres of rain.
There are three time zones in Australia. Adelaide operates on Central Standard Time (CST), which is nine hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+09.30). CST applies only to South Australia and the Northern Territory, 30 minutes behind Sydney and Melbourne. During the summer months, daylight savings is observed, when the time shifts one hour forward (GMT+10.5).
Like most of Australia, Adelaide has a mainly informal sense of dress. If you head out at night though keep in mind that some venues will not accept thongs. Choose nice, casual style over board shorts. Pack lightweight clothes for summer, and sunblock and a hat if you plan to be outdoors. In the winter, pack sweaters, jeans and umbrellas.
When visiting Adelaide try to keep water preservation in mind, which is an important issue across all of Australia. The biggest way you can help as a traveller is to keep your showers short. If every traveller does this, imagine how much water will be saved. When you first arrive enquire about the local water restrictions at the time.
Take one of several daily flights out of Sydney and get there in 2 hours, 15 minutes. The direct flights are with Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Qantas.
Get to Adelaide in just 1 hour and 20 minutes direct from perth. Fly with Jetstar, Virgin Blue or Qantas.
It takes 2 hours, 50 minutes direct to fly from Perth to Adelaide. Get there with Jetstar, Virgin Blue or Qantas.
The Skylink Airport Shuttle provides regular services between the Adelaide Airport, Keswick Interstate Railway Terminal and the CBD, with set-downs and pickups from most major city hotels. If you'd prefer a more comprehensive door-to-door service, the Adelaide Airport Flyer will transport you to and from any location in the CBD and outer suburbs. Groups receive discounts and bookings are recommended.
Adelaide Metro runs a public JetBus service between the airport and the CBD, and as well as to Glenelg and West Beach. Timetables vary, but services start as early as 4.48am and finish as late as 11.48pm. A standard MetroTicket applies. Visit the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre on the corner of King William and Currie Streets for detailed information.
A sheltered taxi rank is located on the ground level directly outside Terminal One (T1). Taxi concierges are on-hand and can assist with those requiring Maxi Taxis, wheelchair access, or extra luggage space. A $2 levy is added to all airport fares. Expect to pay $15 to the CBD or $17 to North Adelaide outside of peak traffic times.
If you prefer, you can hire a car for your stay in Adelaide. While driving around the city isn't suggested for tourists that will stay in the CBD, it is advised to hire a car if you intend to experience other parts of South Australia. You can hire a car from several companies at Adelaide Airport and enjoy a relaxing drive straight to your hotel.
The atmosphere buzzes and your senses come alive at the Adelaide Central Market, where a fine mix of 80 stalls will no doubt tempt you. From fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, to seafood, gourmet cheeses, bakery food, sweets, nuts and health foods, it's all here under the one roof including some great cafes to get your caffeine hit.
Every visitor to Adelaide must make the 25-minute tram ride to the leisurely Glenelg Beach – it's a very local thing to do. Bask in the sun, walk along the pier, take a swim or browse the local shops. Explore the local history at the Discovery Centre at Town Hall, and enjoy some fresh fish and chips down by the beach.
In the heart of the city seek refuge amongst the peace and greenery of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Stretching over 16 hectares, this historical garden features many plant collections, including exotics, Australian natives and ornamental plants. It's also home to the restored Victorian Palm House, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion and the Bicentennial Conservatory. Drop by the Visitor Information Centre for detailed information.
Home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material – consisting of over 3000 artifacts – the South Australian Museum hosts a wide variety of natural history and cultural collections from across the globe. With both permanent and temporary exhibitions spread over five fascinating floors, don't miss the Giant Squid, the Ancient Egyptian Room or the Opalised Fossils.
For elegant Italian fare, head to Auge in the city centre near Victoria Square. Decked out with a retro yet stylish interior, expect copper-plated doors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, eye-catching table settings, plush leather seating and a bubbling water feature. Pasta is handmade on the premises daily, with ingredients sourced locally. A separate bar brings the chance for drinks before being seated.
For a truly local food experience – including fresh seafood – head to Redsalt Restaurant on the ground floor of Crowne Plaza Adelaide. Showcasing modern Australian cuisine alongside South Australian wines, the emphasis is on fresh local produce, with many of the ingredients sourced directly from Adelaide Central Market. Al fresco dining creates an atmosphere that's more smart and elegant than warm and cosy.
A long-running, family-owned favourite, Jasmine Indian Restaurant has a loyal following of customers. Serving North Indian dishes, the owners are proud of the quality ingredients and spices they source, which guarantees full-flavoured fulfillment for you. Hidden downstairs at Hindmarsh Square, dark woods, soft lighting, comfortable seating and linen-clothed tables set the scene. This award-winning restaurant also boasts its own wine cellar.
Serving Italian soul food, Enoteca has an impressive and extensive wine list, with drops hailing from Australia's best vineyards as well as France and Italy. Plating up a fine mix of traditional and contemporary flavours, the food is top-notch. With a modern and minimalist interior, soft lighting, polished timber floors, flickering candles and sheer curtains create a classy tone inside.
For a guaranteed fun night out, head to the humble Grace Emily. This popular pub hangout welcomes all types. Featuring live music most nights, there's plenty of kitsch – think old Bollywood posters, toys, postcards and board games. Drinks are basic but the vibe upbeat. There's a beer garden out back too.
If you worship cocktails, from muddles to martinis and sours, then Botanic Bar is for you. With amber-lighting, red plush lounges, corner booths, and a grand wraparound verandah, here's one of the best atmospheres in the city. DJs produce a fusion of beats and the bartenders welcome challenging cocktail requests.
Housed in the heritage-listed remains of an antique chemist shop, Apothecary 1878 boasts more than 1000 bottles of vino from across the world. With the original chemist's counter still standing, the space is decked out with old pill jars, medicine cabinets and vintage couches. They also serve elaborate cocktails and food.
For an intimate, French-inspired night, head to La Boheme, set in a former tobacconist shop. Warm and cosy and decked out in gold, the street side window is draped in glitz. Artworks, lampshades and candles will catch your eye inside. Choose a cocktail or wine, and graze on a tasting plate.
Start the day fresh at the bustling Adelaide Central Market where you can pick up all kinds of foodie bits and drinks, including your morning coffee hit. Meander through Victoria Square and up to North Terrace, Adelaide's cultural boulevard. Packed with galleries, museums and beautiful old buildings, take your pick of which you enter. The Parliament and Government House are situated near the Railway Station. Then rest your feet and find a pretty perch amongst the greenery of the Botanic Gardens (don't miss the river views). Top off the day with dinner at one of the great restaurants on the other side of the river, along Melbourne Street in North Adelaide.
Jump on the tram to Glenelg on Holdfast Bay, the city's favourite beach. Explore the area, swim and soak up the sun –you can even swim with dolphins or take a jet boat ride in the ocean if you're game. For the history buffs, head to the Discovery Centre at Town Hall and enjoy a walk along the Federation and Proclamation Trails. After a fish and chips lunch by the sea, wander the esplanade to Brighton then catch a bus to historic Port Adelaide. Explore the museums, renovated warehouses and the charming town centre before busing it back to Adelaide city. Enjoy your evening meal in Chinatown, along Gouger Street.
Head straight to Rundle Street Mall for a little retail therapy and perhaps a quick breakfast too. This is the biggest shopping outlet in Adelaide with around 700 retailers and 15 arcades, including the three largest department stores to be found in the city. For some trendy trawling don't miss Ebenezer Place, which has a shopping vibe of its own. Once you can shop no more, wander the city and just see what you find, or explore one of the many parklands circling the CBD. When the tummy grumbles, head back to Rundle Street to experience it by night. Choose a lovely bar or wine bar and a restaurant, and maybe even catch an art house cinema flick afterwards.
Why not escape Adelaide completely and have a new adventure? The Adelaide Hills make for a great day out, with crisp air, green valleys and charming towns to explore, as well as plenty of cellar doors to knock on. Of the 90 Adelaide Hills wineries, almost 50 have cellar doors. While there are buses running to the different town centres, the easiest way to explore the wineries is through an organised tour. If you'd prefer to hire a car and drive, be sure to visit the local information centres to get reliable maps. You could even consider venturing deeper into the famous South Australian wine region by car.
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