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Transport around Adelaide by bus is quick and easy, thanks to the network of public buses that criss cross the city streets. Buses operate with the Metro Card, which can be purchased on the buses themselves or through selected agencies such as news agents and you can buy day trip and multi trip passes from all Adelaide post offices.

Metro Cards can also be used on local trains and trams to get around the city.

Seniors should pack their senior’s card for free travel on Metro buses, trains and trams between 9:01 am and 3pm Monday to Friday and all day on the weekends. You can print out the Metro Map to make travelling around the city easier when visiting Adelaide, the official Metro site also helps you to plan your bus trip and find convenient stops along the way.

By bus

If travelling around the CBD, the Bee Line Bus is a free service provided by the city council that runs along King William Street to North Terrace, down George Street and completes the loop along Hindley Street into West Terrace, North Terrace and back into King William Street. From 8am until the early evening these tourist buses run Monday through to Saturday departing every 10 minutes. For a day of exploring the galleries, museums and other attractions around the city, this free service helps you to get around and see everything quickly and easily.

The 99C City Loop Bus is another free bus that provides access to inner city tourist attractions such as the Tandanya Aboriginal Culture Gallery, the South Australian Museum, the State Art Gallery, the Botanic Gardens, Hindley Street area, Rundle Street Parklands and the historic Central Markets.

On local bus services you are guaranteed to arrive at your destination in record time thanks to the O-Bahn, which is the world’s longest guided bus way allowing the city buses to travel faster, safer and more efficiently. If you see buses that are marked “F”, it means that this is an express bus with fewer stops and faster service. City Through Routes are another facet of the Metro that is designed to make bus travel faster and more efficient.

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These buses travel towards the CBD and will then continue to another destination changing their route number along the way, cutting down on congestion of buses in the city.

When heading out of town by bus you will be headed to the Central Bus Station on Franklin Street. This bus transit centre is where the buses going to regional South Australia and interstate leave from. There are lockers, showers and a cafeteria in the station while waiting for your bus to depart.

Airport connections by the city council buses running a service called Jet Bus. There are four main routes on the Jet Bus - Tree Plaza to Airport, Greenwith to Airport, Golden Grove Village to Airport and City to Airport. This is the most affordable way to get to and from the airport, with services running every day of the week between 4:30 am and 11:35 pm.


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