The public transport in Adelaide are very modern, comfortable, reliable and well organized. Furthermore, the entire transport network of the capital of South Australia is well developed and very clearly arranged. The journey by bus and train as well as the comfortable tram is very relaxing and you can get a lot of nice impressions of Adelaide . But cycling is also really pleasant in the metropolis and, like the entire use of local transport, is actively promoted by the city.
Adelaide’s public transport is organized by the state-owned Adelaidemetro . Most inner and outer districts of the city can be reached easily thanks to the good coverage. Also more distant places like Glenelg, Hahndor for Mount Lofty, are accessible. To use the means of transport, you can choose from the rechargeable metroCard (the cheapest tariff is calculated automatically) and classic paper tickets (one-way trip (valid for 2 hours) or day ticket (valid until 4 a.m.)). Both variants can be bought at all train stations, in newsagents and in the corresponding means of transport. Children, schoolchildren, students, pensioners and other groups of people also receive a reduced rate. In addition, visitors can use a discounted ‘3-day visitor pass’ with the metroCard.
Overview of public transport
Most destinations can be reached comfortably and reliably by bus. The regular bus service starts around 6 a.m. and ends around midnight. But night owls don’t have to walk home either. The night buses marked with an ‘N’ in front of the bus number run from Saturday night to Sunday morning until around 5 a.m. The free Free City Connector buses cover the city center and the north of the center. They also serve the popular Central Market, Victoria Square, the train station and other popular places. The area of application of the Adelaide Metro extends from the coast in the west to the north to Gawler and the east to Lobethal and Strathalbyn to the south to Sellicks Beach. In addition, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport of South Australia (DIT ), in cooperation with various private companies, is responsible for the national bus connections throughout the state. More detailed information can be found in the respective articles of the respective regions or places in the section on arrival and onward travel.
Tram / tram
There are three tram lines to choose from: BTANIC (Botanic Gardens – Entertainment Center / operates daily), FESTVL ( Glenelg – Festival Plaza / operates on weekends, holidays, certain events) and GLNELG (Glenelg – Royal Adelaide Hospital / operates daily). They usually run from morning to midnight.
There are numerous inner-city train lines that arrive and depart from the large central Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace. They connect the city center with Belair, Flinders, Gawler, Glanville, Grange, Noarlunga, Osborne, Outer Harbor, Salisbury and Seaford. All lines are operated by diesel trains and generally operate between 6 a.m. and midnight. Certain trains even leave a little earlier.
You can find taxi stands and free taxis almost everywhere. But if you want to be sure and order a taxi in advance by phone, you can do so at the following companies, among others: Suburban Taxis (131008) or Adelaide Independent Taxis (132211).
The city council provides Adelaide Free Bikes with locks and mandatory helmets during the daytime . In exchange you have to present a completed form, a valid ID, driver’s license, etc. in order to receive the bikes at certain places. If you want to rent a bike longer, this is also possible for a corresponding fee.
Opening times Australia
The opening times in Australia are quite similar to those in Germany. Even if many shops usually close a little earlier, they stay open on Sundays. Since there are no statutory shop closing times in some states, the opening times of different shops and supermarkets in Down Under vary considerably. In order to still get a general insight into the Australian opening times, these are summarized below as best as possible.
What is open for how long?
There is a wide range of shopping opportunities in Australia. Whether very crowded supermarkets, huge shopping malls, small boutiques or the typical Australian “roadhouses”, there is definitely something for everyone. Shops usually open at 9 a.m. on weekdays and close at 5 p.m. in the afternoon. In many cities, however, there are one or two days a week, usually Thursday and / or Friday, when the shops are open until 9 p.m. The same opening times usually apply on Saturdays as during the week.
Supermarkets & Liquor Stores
In larger cities as well as in popular tourist resorts, the large supermarkets (Woolworths, Coles) are often open until 10 p.m., sometimes even daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. In Melbourne and Sydney , there are stores that around the clock to shopping Invite. The shops in the livelier shopping streets of cities and tourist centers are also open on Sundays (usually from 12 noon to 5 p.m.). On national holidays , most shops close a little earlier or remain completely closed. The opening times of liquor stores vary considerably. So you can buy alcohol & tobacco , non-alcoholic beverages and a few sweets around the clock, depending on the place and location .
For all party lovers, it is certainly interesting to learn that the majority of nightclubs in Down Under close quite early. So it can happen that the pubs or discos even in the big cities suddenly end the party between 1am and 3am and send their guests home. For this, however, they usually open a little earlier and are very well attended between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Post & Bank
Australian bank branches usually open at 9.30am and close at 4pm (mo – thu). On Fridays they are usually open until 5 p.m. Some banks in the Australian metropolises open at 8 a.m. and don’t close until 6 p.m. on Fridays, if necessary, not until 9 p.m. The Australia Post offers its service from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., often also on Saturdays.