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Tasmania Getting There
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The majority of flights come from the Australian mainland. Direct flights to Hobart arrive from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with quick connections available from Cairns, Canberra, Darwin and Perth.

Launceston, Devonport and Burnie also receive flights from the Australian mainland. Airlines serving Tasmania include
  Rex Regional Express
  Virgin Blue
The airport is 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Hobart city centre, a drive of about 35 minutes. Island Airlines Tasmania flies to Flinders Island. King Island Airlines and TasAir fly to King Island, both islands are directly reachable from the Australian mainland, as well as from Tasmania.

International airports

Hobart (HBA) lies 16 kilometres (10 miles) east of Hobart (the travel time is 15 to 20 minutes by taxi). Airport facilities include banks / A.T.M's, bars and car hire (Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty).


There are no passenger services available. However, the West Coast Wilderness Railway runs a tourist service between Queenstown and Strahan, it is a reconstruction of the original Abt railway that carried ore from the mines to the coast.

The railway’s steam locomotives use a rack rail system to climb the steep gradients of the rainforest wilderness it passes through. It runs for 35 kilometres (22 miles), crossing around 40 rivers and passing through restored stations.

In the north west, the Don River Railway also runs regular excursions using both diesel and steam locomotives. For further information, please contact Tourism Tasmania (see Contacts section).


All settlements on the island are linked by a road system running for 22,000 kilometres (13,670 miles), over which there are bus services connecting the main cities and towns. The main routes are:
    The Lyell Highway from Hobart to Queenstown
  The Huon Highway from Hobart to Southport
  The Heritage Highway from Hobart to Launceston
  The Tasman Highway from Hobart along the east coast
  The Bass Highway
These routes link the ports of the north and northwest coast. There are 11 pre planned touring routes to help discover the unique Tasmanian scenery and natural attractions.


Tasmania has its own coach services, Tasmanian Redline Coaches, which offers a Tassie Bus Pass to out of state visitors, Tasmania Wilderness Transport, which serves the needs of bush walkers, and Tigerline Travel Tasmania for travel around the state, plus day tours.


Helmets are required to be worn at all times.


Local bus networks are functioned in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.


The Spirit of Tasmania I and II runs daily from Melbourne to Devonport on the north west coast of the island (the travel time is 10 hours), with additional day sailings during peak periods. Spirit of Tasmania III operates from Sydney to Devonport 3 times a week (the travel time is 21 hours).