International carriers operating to Adelaide include:
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
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.
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.
TransAdelaide 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
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
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
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.
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.