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The greater Adelaide public transportation system is completely integrated, which makes travelling relatively easy. The same ticket/metrocard can be used on buses, trains, trams and obahn routes & transit/connection times between the different modes of transport are usually good. The system is efficient, inexpensive (in comparison with other cities) and fairly extensive, stretching from Seaford in the South to Gawler in the North. Timetables, Fares and all other information can be found at Adelaide Metro.
If you take buses and trains, make sure you have your ticket validated because otherwise you could be fined if an inspector decides to check your ticket. Fares start at $1.89 for an adult single-trip ticket and vary depending on the time of day (peak or not) and how many zones you're traveling. You can also get daytrip tickets for $9.90.
It's also worth noting that bus stops outside the CBD are consecutively numbered, they are not named. Generally the higher the stop number the further you are from the CBD. This doesn't apply to the few buses that connect suburbs.Weekday services are quite regular however in the late evenings and on the weekends departure times are not as frequent, so check before you set out.There is no indication once your on board a bus as to what stop the bus is arriving at.
For visitors there is a special Visitor Travel Pass which is valid for three consecutive days and can be recharged. You can then retain the card for future trips to Adelaide, leave the card with your accommodation host or the Hotel Concierge (for them to pass onto another visitor/guest) or tell your friends about Adelaide and give the card to them as a gift so they can use it on their visit!
Some good day trips for visitors utilising public transport could include...
Port Adelaide (Train or Bus)
Glenelg (Tram or Bus)
Brighton (Train or Bus)
Marion Coastal Walking Trail (Train to Secliff or Marino or Bus)
Westfield Shopping Centre Marion (Train to Oaklands or Bus)
Westfield Shopping Centre Tea Tree Plaza (Modbury) OBahn
The SA Aquatic Centre, (Train to Oaklands)
Hallett Cove Conservation Park (Train)
Hahndorf (in the Adelaide Hills-Bus)
Mitcham/Springfield Carrick Hill historic House and Garden (Bus)
There are a number of free bus and tram services provided by Adelaide Metro. Within the City and North Adelaide there is the City Connector. These services operate clockwise and anti-clockwise and their route numbers are either 98A/C or 99A/C. A=anti-clockwise and C=clockwise! It takes about 1 Hour to do the complete circuit through the city and upto North Adelaide.
The Tram Service is free between South Terrace in Adelaide and the Entertainment Centre in inner-suburban Hindmarsh and return. The Tram is also free from the Brighton Road stop in Glenelg along Jetty Road to Moseley Square and return.
South Australia's only remaining operating Tram Service runs from the Entertainmnet Centre in inner-suburban Hindmarsh through the city and onto Moseley Square in Glenelg right by the beach at Holdfast Bay. The journey takes around 30-40 minutes. This is a great way to see some of Adelaide's suburbs. At Glenelg there is a Visitor Information Centre and the Bay Discovery Centre (a Social History Museum) as well as many cafes, hotels, pubs, cinemas, playgrounds, and cruises on Gulf St Vincent.
Another unique aspect of Adelaide's public transport system is the OBahn Busway (See the separate Traveller Article on this page).