Keeping South Australia safe
On 23 November 2021, South Australia will start reopening its borders. See SAHealth's COVID-Ready Plan for all the latest information.
Do not travel if you are unwell
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, please get tested immediately. Find your nearest testing site at sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting
Current requirements on public transport
- Check-in wherever QR codes are provided.
If you do not have a smartphone, we recommend registering your metroCARD so you can check your travel history.
- Wear a mask when on board services and when waiting at a stop or station.
Please be mindful that not everyone can wear a mask, and ensuring you are protected helps everyone.
Visit COVID-19.sa.gov.au for the latest information on restrictions and requirements.
Checking-in and your travel history
Adelaide Metro has introduced QR codes on all buses, trains and trams. We are working to improve options for customers and will continue to introduce more codes throughout the fleet to make checking-in even easier.
All public transport users must use the COVID SAfe Check-In when travelling.
Checking your travel history
If you do not have a smart phone but have registered your metroCARD with us, you can check your travel history by logging into your online metroCARD account. Your account history shows the dates and times you validated your metroCARD and the routes you travelled on, unless you are using a 14-day or 28-day unlimited travel pass. If your metroCARD is not registered with us, we are unable to give you any travel history.
Seniors Card metroCARDs are automatically registered, unless you have previously removed your name and address from our system.
Find out more about registering your metroCARD or Seniors Card.
If clusters of COVID-19 are identified at public transport locations or on services, details of these will be added to this page to assist customers with contact tracing.
- Passengers using public transport are required to wear face masks while on-board, waiting at stations or transiting through.
- People with medical exemptions do not need to wear a mask but must provide evidence of their exemption, if an Adelaide Metro representative asks them to.
- Adelaide Metro bus drivers have been provided with masks and are aware of their responsibilities to wear masks while buses are in service. Please be aware that there are circumstances where drivers may not be required to wear a mask, for example due to a medical exemption. The seats directly behind the driver remain cordoned off to reduce the risk of exposure between bus drivers and passengers.
Read more about mask requirements on the SA Health COVID website.
Cleaning schedules have been increased across all public transport modes and disinfectant products recommended under national health guidelines are being used.
In addition to standard cleaning, extra crews are being used across the network with particular focus being given to hard surfaces such as hand rails, validators and push buttons.
All public transport customers and the wider South Australian community are advised to be alert to the threat of COVID-19 and adhere to health advice.
Wash. Cover. Avoid.
The best protection against infection is hygiene:
- WASH your hands with soap and use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- COVER your coughs and sneezes, and dispose of tissues. If no tissue is available, cough into the crook of your arm.
- AVOID public transport and direct contact with others if you’re feeling unwell.
The state government has announced a public transport road map, in response to Australia Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice, to help continue to keep South Australians safe on buses, trains and trams.
The AHPPC has developed Principles for COVID-19 Public Transport Operations to provide guidance to public transport operators and passengers to help keep them safe.
Adelaide Metro introduced measures to keep commuters safe on public transport, including:
- more frequently cleaning buses, trams and trains
- stopping cash handling by staff, by transitioning to a metroCARD-only system
- installing perspex screens for bus drivers and restricting access to open areas immediately around drivers
- staggering train arrival times at Adelaide Railway Station, to spread the peaks of people entering and leaving the terminal
- installing signs on trains, trams and buses that sends clear messages not to board if unwell and to encourage physical distancing as far as practicable at stops and stations, and on board services
- frequent station announcements about COVID-19 safe practices on public transport
- signage at key stations, interchanges and inside vehicles, with information published by health authorities about good personal hygiene habits.
The new measures to be introduced, based on the AHPPC advice and in consultation with the Chief Public Health Officer, include:
- trialling a new AM and PM peak train timetable on the Gawler line that will provide more services across an extended peak period to increase capacity and give customers more options
- as customers return to bus services, monitoring the busiest bus routes (like the O-Bahn), moving available capacity and shifting services around to better match the demand with the number and timing of services offered
- accelerating introducing a range of new Apps that provide customers with better real-time information about their public transport services to make it easier to find information
- updating signage and posters across the network to provide more information to customers about the recommended habits and behaviours while using public transport
- accelerating converting of the remainder of the diesel train fleet to 2x2 seating (currently 2x3) to provide for more aisle space for customers
- providing well-signposted hand sanitisation facilities at Adelaide Railway Station.