Overview of metro and interstate train lines, trams and stations in Adelaide and how to get to them from Adelaide Airport.
Public transport to and from Adelaide airport is run by Adelaide Metro, a company owned by the city of Adelaide’s Public transport division. It operates large number of buses, trams and trains throughout the city and is the largest public transport company in Southern Australia.
While it may not be the most reliable transport company in the world, Adelaide Metro still provides a very valuable service to the city. Buses are relatively new and clean and unlike shuttle buses, they have priorities on many intersections, with dedicated bus lanes and bus only lights at many traffic lights. Most of the oldest buses, especially those made in 1980s will be replace by 2020 by new ones.
Their dedicated airport lines are called JetLine. There are six lines that connect airport to different points in Adelaide: J1, J1a, J1x, J2, J7 and J8. Not all buses are equipped with upright rack for luggage.
- J1a is a shorter version of J1 that goes from City to Airport. (More detailed list of bus stops here)
- J1x is the only line at the moment equipped with double decker buses designed for airport passengers, with luggage racks on lower deck. It is part of newly introduced service called JetExpress that started in November of 2014. This is an express line and is the fastest bus line from airport to the city. It is designed to cater to airport travellers by taking them to key city locations and hotels. JetExpress line runs hourly on weekdays during daytime. J1x starts at Adelaide Airport and goes to City via Grote Street, Wakefield Street, Pulteney Street, North Terrace and Sir Donald Bradman Drive . (More detailed list of bus stops here
- J2 is another line that connects Harbour Town Centre Interchange to City via West Beach, Adelaide Airport and Sir Donald Bradman Drive. (More detailed list of bus stops here )
- J7 and J8 both connect West Lakes Centre Interchange to Marion Centre Interchange but on different routes. J7 goes via Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide Airport and Marion Road, while J8 goes via Torrens Road, Arndale Centre Interchange, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide Airport and Marion Road. (More detailed list of bus stops here and here)
Transport from Adelaide Airport to the city and vice versa is possible with shuttle bus service. There are two companies that offer shuttle service on the airport, Northern Flyer and Adelaide Airport Flyer. Both companies offer door to door service, with mandatory reservations. Bookings can be made by phone or online through their sites.
The Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal is your starting point for long-distance interstate travel. There are two major lines that operate from the station, The Ghan and Indian – Pacific. The Ghan connects Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs. Indian - Pacific connects Adelaide to Melbourne, Sidney and Perth and is one of the rare real transcontinental train lines in the world. Whether you are arriving to or leaving Adelaide, make sure to book your seat. These trains operate twice a week and are usually booked in advance.
You can get there by taking J1 line to the city. Get off at Currie Street stop Y2 and transfer to 167 line, which will take you to Richmond Road stop A1. From there it’s a short walk to Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal.