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International carriers operating to Adelaide include:
    Air Paradise
  Cathay Pacific
  Garuda Indonesia
  Malaysia Airlines
  Singapore Airlines
Flights from Europe stop off in the Far East, usually Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bali. Adelaide is also linked to every other Australian State capital city, for more flight details please see our main Australia section.

There is a brilliant system of internal flights serving all regional towns, and the majority of flights are run by Emu Air (flights to Kangaroo Island), Qantas, Rex Regional Express and Virgin Blue. There are 9 Government and 20 private airfields in the region.

Approximate flight times

The approximate flying time from Adelaide to London is 22 hours.

International airports

For further information on Adelaide airport please see our separate section.


Adelaide is where the popular Ghan train calls en route to Darwin (a picturesque rail journey through a desert landscape), is a main terminal on the national rail network.

offers broad surburban rail services across the state. The main rail terminal is situated at Keswick. The Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth also stops in Adelaide, while the The Overland travels between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Other tourist services
are the Cockle Train, a beautiful trip on vintage steam locomotives between Goolwa and Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Pichi Richi Steam Train which leaves Quorn in the Flinders Ranges on a 2 and a half hour round trip.


The southern states are fully linked to the national system of coach lines that crosses Australia from all the state capitals. Typical coach journey times are as follows, from Adelaide to:

  Melbourne is 9 hours 30 minutes
  Alice Springs is 20 hours
  Sydney is 22 hours
  Brisbane is 33 hours 30 minutes
  Perth is 35 hours
  Darwin is 46 hours

There are 95,225 kilometres (59,040 miles) of roads within the State. The main highways north are the Stuart Highway to Darwin via Coober Pedy and Alice Springs, and the Birdsville Track to Queensland.

The other major State highways are the Eyre Highway west to Perth, the Prince’s Highway along the coast to Melbourne and the Stuart Highway east to Canberra and Sydney.

Car rental

Services are available at all the major hotels, the railway station and the airport. Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rental are the main car hire companies.


Travellers require a current driving licence and either a cash deposit or credit card to make a booking. A minimum age requirement of 25 will most likely be imposed.


There is a fully integrated public transport system in Adelaide with bus, tram and local rail lines plus the O-Bahn bus system. The system is divided into zones. Pre-purchase booklets of cash-fare tickets and weekly and other passes are all available. The so-called Metrotickets are available for single, daily and multiple (up to 10) journeys. There are two free bus services, the BeeLine and the City Loop.


There are regular car-ferry services from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island (travel time – 45 minutes to one hour). Adelaide is an international port, with regular visits from several leading international cruise lines.