Adelaide International Airport ( ADL ) is just over 4 miles from the city centre and it's really quite easy to get to town from the airport. You can grab a taxi - it costs about $25.00 and the journey takes about 15 minutes. There is a $2.00 surcharge for passengers using taxis to exit the airport.

Getting to and from the airport:

You can grab a taxi as directed by the taxi concierge at the airport. It is not necessary to book ahead as it is unusual to have to wait for any length of time for a taxi to join the queue at the taxi rank - it is popular for many taxi drivers to queue to collect their passengers from the airport. The fare varies, costing about $25.00 to the City or North Adelaide (check the costs with a taxi firm for up to date information as prices change from time to time) and the journey takes around 10 - 20 minutes depending upon the time of day that you are travelling. There is a $2.00 surcharge for passengers using taxis to exit the airport. The driver should be able to give you an estimate of the cost when you embark, as it will vary between times of day and days of the week. You can share a taxi with another passenger going towards your destination, with the costs varying slightly for each passenger. If you have a disability and need extra assistance or space for your wheelchair, the concierge will ensure your needs are met.

The cheapest way to get to or from the airport to the city is the JetBus (J1 or J2). For only $5.30 (for a one-way adult ticket purchased from the driver as you board), the J1 bus takes you to or from the lower level of the Airport terminal to Adelaide Central Business District (Currie Street and Grenfell Street, then North along Pulteney Street and East on North Terrace, terminating by the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Botanic Gardens entrance). Although it won't stop at your hotel specifically like SkyLink, there are a number of stops in the city that are convenient for most travelers, and you can connect with other buses if you are heading for North Adelaide or other suburbs. The Adelaide Metro website also recommends the bus 162, but you need to be aware that the 162 bus does not turn into the airport road system, and it would feel like a very long walk between the terminal and Sir Donald Bradman Drive, especially if you have luggage.

If you are staying at beautiful beach-side Glenelg, from 15 October 2006 the public transport bus system (Adelaide Metro as shown above) provides a J1 bus service from the airport (lower terminal) to Glenelg. This will save time and hassle in needing to go into the city first then out to Glenelg - much better if you are arriving a bit jet lagged. Be aware that the J2 bus only goes as far as Harbour Town Shopping Centre when heading west, but will take you into the city if you are travelling East.

If you are staying with friends, or outside the CBD, the Adelaide Airport Flyer operates a door to door service from the suburbs and major tourist destinations (eg Fleurieu Peninsular, Murray Bridge, the Barossa etc). Be aware that their minibus will coordinate collections from outlying suburbs for several people travelling at similar times so it is possible that you may be leaving for the airport on your return journey earlier than you would expect so that the costs are shared by other travellers (eg a 4.30 am collection from Para Hills for a domestic flight leaving at 7.30 am). This may still be more convenient and affordable for you than taking a taxi, or relying on Adelaide Metro buses to take you to or from outlying suburbs then changing to the J1 or J2 buses in the city to connect with an early or late flight. 

You can also rent a car (there are several car rental firms, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty based at the airport) or get a limousine. The car rental desks are by the luggage carousels on the ground floor of the terminal, with the cars available for collection on the ground floor of the new car park.

The new car park is now operating since 6 August 2012, which allows people who are greeting or seeing off their friends to park their vehicles under cover and remain under cover during the walk to the terminal. There's a fun You Tube cartoon outlining its benefits here.  The charges appear quite steep when compared with parking in the City centre. There are a number of designated disability parking spaces for those with an Australian Disability Parking Permit.

Remember that when you arrive in South Australia you must not bring fruit or vegetables with you - South Australia is free of fruit fly, and wants to keep it that way. There are bins in the arrivals area for you to leave any fruit you still have with you on entry. Fruit and vegetables are well-priced in Adelaide, so you don't need to stock up before you come! The PIRSA government website tells you more.