Adelaide, Australia Airport Information
Adelaide Airport (ADL)
Approximate taxi fare: $11 AUD
Adelaide Airport's gleaming new AU$220 million international facility is Australia's most advanced airport terminal. With 6.3 million passenger movements in 2007, Adelaide Airport is Australia's fifth busiest. Well-equipped to handle crowds, the airport's new terminal is capable of processing 3,000 passengers per hour. The airport itself can handle 27 aircraft at any one time, including the new Airbus A380.
With a total floor span of 3,400 square meters, the retail mall at Terminal 1 makes shopping and dining in the airport a leisure activity in its own right. Quality shopping includes a great selection of South Australian brands as well as some of Australia's most iconic stores including Purely Australian, Purely Merino and Ripcurl. The spacious and comfortable lounge offers a range of cafes and bars, including 1862 Bar, Coopers Ale House and Caf Terra Rosa, which offers a sumptuous coffee and cake selection. A first for any Australian airport, free wireless Internet is also available throughout T1.
Only a 10-minute drive from downtown, the airport offers short-term and long-term parking. The Skylink Airport Shuttle, located in the valet area on the ground level, and the Adelaide Airport Flyer offer service to many major hotels and attractions in downtown Adelaide.
Airline carriers serving Adelaide Airport
- Air New Zealand
- Air South Regional
- Cathay Pacific
- Malaysia Airlines
- National Jet Systems
- Qantas Regional Express
- Sharp Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Tiger Airways Australia
- Virgin Blue
Adelaide, Australia Train Information
Keswick Rail Terminal
The Keswick Rail Terminal, about five minutes from downtown, serves the three interstate train lines arriving to and departing from Adelaide. The Indian Pacific line runs between Perth and Sydney; the Overland line runs between Adelaide and Melbourne; and the Ghan line crosses the nation from Adelaide to Darwin.
Adelaide, Australia Public Transportation
Though train, bus and tram services are managed by different companies, together they are known as the Adelaide Metro. Transportation options decline at 6 PM and do not operate at all after midnight, save for a special "After Midnight" bus. This bus runs on the half hour and hour Friday and Saturday after midnight.
Operating with a unified ticketing system called the Metroticket, the Adelaide Metro offers single trip tickets, valid for two hours, that allow the passenger to move freely around the transport network. Two-section tickets are the most commonly used. Two-section tickets are valid for about three kilometers of travel, or about one railway station on the train network. Two-section tickets are AU$2.50. Zone tickets for AU$4.20 and day tickets for AU$8 are also available.
Adelaide is the last mainland capital without an electric train network, though its trains are known to suffer fewer delays that many of its counterparts. Six train lines service the Adelaide area: the Gawler Train, Noarlunga Train, Tonsley Train, Outer Harbor Train, Grange Train and Belair Train. A fairly regular service is available to most suburbs. Trains run from around 5 AM to midnight.
A free Connector City Loop Bus service runs daily and stops at many of Adelaide's cultural and commercial centers including Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Zoo, Victoria Square, King William Street and North Terrace. The bus runs Monday through Friday every 15 minutes from 7:40 AM to 6 PM; Friday every 30 minutes from 6 to 9:20 PM; Saturday every 30 minutes from 8 AM to 5 PM; and Sunday and public holidays every 30 minutes from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Two other free buses (the 99B and 99C) operate on loops within the central zone for shorter journeys. These operate every five minutes during working hours. Other buses service the suburbs and operate on the standard zone ticketing system.
The O'Bahn Busway is the longest guided bus way in the world. Buses travel up to 100 kilometers per hour along the 12-kilometer track to the Modbury Interchange and the Tea Tree Plaza, an undercover shopping mall. Bus numbers 540 to 545 depart Currie and Grenfell streets every 15 minutes. The total route duration is about 23 minutes.
The historic Glenelg Tram runs from North Terrace to this popular seaside town on the sandy shores of Holdfast Bat every 15 minutes. Fare is free.
Rental car companies Avis, Budget, Europcar, Action Car Hire and Thrifty operate at Adelaide Airport. Rental car counters can be found on the ground floor next to baggage claim.
Adelaide has a well-maintained taxi service with hubs at prominent city locations such as King William Street and Adelaide Sky City Casino. Fares start at AU$3.10 and increase at a rate of AU$1.85 per kilometer. Taxi fares to the airport carry an AU$2 added cost. Guests should expect a taxi fare of around AU$10 to AU$15 from downtown to the airport.