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Adelaide - Getting There

Adelaide can be reach by air or land (rail or coach) from other major Australian or international cities. The easiest way for international expatriates to reach Adelaide is via air.

Depending on where you begin your journey, you may or may not need to catch a connecting flight to Adelaide. The main international airlines that fly direct to Adelaide are Australia's national carrier, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines. These international carriers operate daily flights to Adelaide from many major cities in the world, but the best cities to catch a connecting flight to Adelaide are in Asia. Here is a list of the major cities in the world you can catch a daily flight to Adelaide :

USA/Canada - Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York (USA); Toronto and Vancouver (Canada)

Europe – Paris, London, Rome, Munich and Zurich

Asia – Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Qingdao Xiamen (China), Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Mumbai and Shamshabad (India), Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore, Taipei, Phuket (Thailand), and Yangon (Myanmar)

The above list does not include scheduled and non-daily flights, which can open an extensive number of flight options for you, depending on your city of departure.

Despite the options, bear in mind that Adelaide is located in the central-southern-most region of the Australian continent, which usually means long flight hours for anybody traveling to Adelaide. The average flight time from London to Adelaide is 21 hours; from Los Angeles – 17 hours, from New York – 22 hours; Singapore – 7 hours; Shanghai – 10 hours.

Alternatively, you can fly into another Australian city such as Melbourne or Sydney, and catch one of the many connecting flights to Adelaide. (There are more than 80 connecting non-stop flights to Adelaide from other Australian cities). Domestic and regional airlines that operate out of Adelaide include Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Tiger Airways, Cobham, Rex Regional Express, and Air South Regional. The average flight time between Adelaide and Sydney around 2 hours; between Adelaide and Melbourne is 1 hour; between Adelaide and Perth is 3 hours. If time is of essence to you, do note that although the domestic flight times are shorter than international flights, there is usually a time difference between Adelaide and other major Australian cities. For instance, Sydney and Melbourne are ½ hour ahead of Adelaide, while Perth is 2 ½ hours behind Adelaide.

Adelaide Airport is located in the suburb of West Beach, about 6km (3 miles) west from the city centre. The address of the airport is 1 James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950. (Tel : +61 8 8308 9211). You can visit their website to find out more about the airlines that operate out of Adelaide airport, including a range of chartered flights from many destinations.

By car, it takes about 15 minutes to reach the city centre (CBD). If you will be taking a taxi from the airport, the average taxi fare from the Adelaide Airport to the CBD is A$15-20. The major taxi companies in Adelaide are Adelaide Independent (13 22 11); Suburban Taxis (13 10 08) and Yellow Cabs (13 22 27). Access Cabs (1300 360 940) are for individuals with mobility difficulties.

Alternatively, if you are traveling light, you can consider taking a public bus. Adelaide's Metro operates a bus service known as the Jetbus. The Jetbus service ply between the airport and suburbs such as Glenelg, West Beach and other northern suburbs. Visit the Adelaide Metro website for more details, or call their InfoLine at 1300 311 108. This option is by far the least expensive as the fares are the same as those charged for bus services within the city. The Skylink Airport Shuttle is another option. The Skylink shuttle is a specialized bus service plying between the Adelaide Airport, CBD and the Keswick Interstate Railway Terminal. You can view their schedule and book tickets online at or dial 1300 38 3783 for more details. The price is about A$5.50 one way for an adult. Alternatively, if you are traveling with your family, and/or with considerable baggage, there is a mini-bus transfer service available from the airport. The service is provided by Adelaide Airport Flyer, and prices start from AUD$47 (discounts are available). For more details, visit their website at Reservations are required (at least 48 hours), and all bookings must be made via phone at 1300 856 444 (Australia wide) or

+61 8 8389 3528 (international calls).

It is also possible to reach Adelaide via rail from other Australian cities, such as Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Darwin. From Melbourne, it is a 12-hour train journey on The Overland. Alternatively, it takes about 2 days from Perth on the Indian Pacific. For more details, click here.If you intend to reach Adelaide via rail, the interstate railway station in Adelaide is known as the Adelaide Parklands Terminal (renamed so in 2008; previous name was the Keswick Rail Terminal). The interstate railway station is in Keswick, about 3km (1.8 miles) southwest of Adelaide city. From the station, you can continue your journey on Adelaide's suburban metro – Adelaide Parklands is linked to Adelaide's suburban metro via the Keswick Railway station, which is accessible via an overpass. The Keswick station is on the Belair, Noarlunga and Tonsley line.

If you are traveling via inter/intra state coach/bus to Adelaide, the main coach terminal in Adelaide is the Central Bus Station located right in the heart of Adelaide's CBD, at 85 Franklin Street. Tel : 8415 5533.

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