Visiting Adelaide

How do you get around Adelaide without a car? It’s easy, with Adelaide Metro’s bus, tram and train network. If you’re in the city centre, there are free services to help you explore the most popular attractions.

Is there free public transport in Adelaide?

There is a free City Connector bus service in the city centre. It has two routes and each has buses going in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. The 98A/98C loop covers the city centre and North Adelaide and is available 7 days a week. The 99A/99C loop covers the city centre and is available Monday-Friday.

On Adelaide’s trams you can travel in the city centre free of charge. The free tram zone in Adelaide is from the South Terrace, along North Terrace and continues to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

What do I need to use public transport in Adelaide?

Visitor metroCARD

A Visitor metroCARD is $25.50

  • Three days in a row of unlimited travel at any time on buses, trains and trams in the greater Adelaide metropolitan area
  • It could save you 20-50% on public transport costs compared to MetroTicket or other metroCARD options
  • Available to buy from the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre at the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace, Adelaide.

After your three days have finished, you can recharge and use your Visitor metroCARD like a normal one, paying regular Adelaide Metro fares. You can recharge metroCARDs online, at vending machines on-board trains, trams and at interchanges, or at many retailers across Adelaide.

Cruise ship metroCARD

A Cruise ship metroCARD is $10 (or $5 for eligible Australian concession card holders).

  • One full day of unlimited travel at any time on buses, trains and trams in the greater Adelaide metropolitan area
  • Available to buy from the Outer Harbor railway station, near where your ship docks, or the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre at the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace, Adelaide
  • You need to have your cruise ship pass with you to buy or travel with a Cruise ship metroCARD
  • Two children up to the age of 15 can travel for free when they are with an adult who is using a Cruise ship metroCARD.

Interstate seniors card

Anyone with a valid Australian state or territory seniors card can use Adelaide Metro for free for 14 days in a row, under the same time and fare rules as South Australian members.

For more information see our seniors card ticketing page.

Order an interstate seniors 14-day free travel ticket 

How do I use the Adelaide Metro validators?

You need to tap your metroCARD on the front of the yellow validator each time you board a bus, train or tram (unless you are catching a free bus or tram service). If you have a paper MetroTicket, look for the red ticket hole on top of the validator and insert your ticket with the arrows facing down and the black stripe facing you.

If you’re catching a train, you’ll need to tap your metroCARD or insert your MetroTicket at the barrier gates of some stations to access the platform.

Hold the metroCARD in front of the validator or the mark on barrier gates (or insert your ticket) and wait for the light and/or sound that tells you it has worked.

You don’t have to tap your card or use your ticket when you are leaving the vehicle.

Find out more about how to catch a bus, train or tram in Adelaide.


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