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Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Adelaide City Centre

Adelaide, the cosmopolitan capital of Southern Australia, is known for its lively festival scene, world-class art and music, delicious food and fine wine. You can spend the day soaking in the sun at one of the sandy beaches near the city centre or visiting one of the many attractions, then continue by exploring the city’s rich nightlife.

Adelaide Airport is conveniently located less than a 15-minute drive from the city centre, which is also known as Adelaide CBD (Central Business District). To get from Adelaide Airport to Adelaide CBD, you can either take a bus or a taxi. The cheapest transport option is Adelaide’s JetBus service, with single tickets costing €2.47 or €3.67 (AUD 3.90 or 5.80) depending on if you’re travelling during peak or off-peak periods. The fastest and most convenient option is to take a taxi or private transfer, which costs around €11-16 (AUD 18-25) depending on the time of travel, traffic, and your exact destination. For competitive flat rates and friendly, knowledgable drivers, consider pre-booking a personalised ride with Welcome Pickups.

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Comparison of the options

Bus €7.34 22min 05:00–23:30
Taxi €11 10min 24/7

How to get from Adelaide airport to the city centre by bus

Adelaide Metro runs the JetBus lines J1 and J2 from Adelaide airport to the city centre. These lines run approximately every 30 minutes from 5:00 to 23:30 daily, with the trip to the centre taking 22 minutes.

How much is the bus from Adelaide airport to the city?

The cost of a single adult ticket during peak hours (before 9:00 and after 15:00 Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday) is €3.67 (AUD 5.80). During off-peak hours (9:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday and all day Sunday, including holidays) a one-way ticket costs €2.47 (AUD 3.90). Keep in mind, if you plan to use public transport frequently during your stay, you may want to consider getting a metroCARD, which can help you save. Kids under the age of 5 can ride for free, whilst you can also purchase tickets at a discounted rate for kids under 14.



Trip Duration

22 minutes

You may have to wait up to a half hour for the next bus.

Value for Money

The bus from Adelaide Airport to city runs from 5:00 to 23:30.

Where do I get it from?

To take the bus from Adelaide Airport to the city centre, you can take the J1 or J2 bus from Stop 10 on Airport Road. The stop is within a couple of minutes’ walk from the airport exit. When you exit, if you diagonally cross the pedestrian plaza and turn left at the road, the bus stop will be about 50 meters along the road.


Taking the bus is a great option if you’re solo travelling or are budget-conscious. It’s worth noting, however, that you may have to wait up to 30 minutes for the bus and it doesn’t run overnight; so if you’re arriving late, you’d have to pick a different mode of transport.

Editor’s Note

If you’re taking the bus from Adelaide airport to the city centre, make sure you check the J1 or J2 bus screen before getting on, so that you know you’re heading in the right direction. It should state it’s going to Elizabeth or Greenwith.

Useful Tips

You can check the timetable and use the journey planner on the Adelaide Metro website to better plan your trip.
The J1 and J2 buses make several stops in the city centre, so you’d need to check which one is nearer to your destination.
Tickets or metroCARDs can be bought at the ticket vending machine at the bus stop. The machine takes coins, notes or Eftpos payments.
When boarding the bus, make sure you validate your ticket or metroCARD.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Adelaide. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Adelaide airport to the city centre by taxi

Getting an airport taxi or private car from Adelaide airport to the city centre (CBD) is the fastest and easiest mode of travel, taking just 10-15 minutes. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide hassle-free door-to-door services. Several different taxi companies serve Adelaide airport and you can find the designated taxi rank on the western side of the pedestrian plaza, just outside the airport.

Taxi fare from Adelaide airport to the city centre

Taxi fares are based on a taximeter and will vary depending on the exact drop-off point, traffic, and time of day. The fare for groups of up to four passengers on weekdays from 6:00 to 19:00 costs €1.18 (AUD 1.87) per kilometre, plus a base fare of €2.34 (AUD 3.70). Outside of those times, it’s €1.37 (AUD 2.16) per km, plus a base fare of €3.10 (AUD 4.90). On top of the taxi fare, there is an additional €1.90 (AUD 3) levy for rides from the airport. With the levy included, your taxi from Adelaide airport to Adelaide CBD should cost around €11-16 (AUD 18-25).



Trip Duration

10-15 minutes

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

To take a taxi from Adelaide Airport to the city centre, you can head outside the airport and toward the west of the pedestrian plaza to the designated taxi rank. When you exit the airport, take a left to head towards the queue and keep an eye out for the line of taxis. You can’t miss it!


A taxi from Adelaide airport to Adelaide CBD is a comfortable, easy, and quick way to transport yourself and any accompanying travellers to your destination. This mode of transportation is especially convenient if you have a bigger load of luggage, if you are travelling in a group, or if you are arriving late at night.

Editor’s Note

There are three main accredited taxi companies in Adelaide: Independent Taxis, Suburban Taxis, and Yellow Cabs (also called 13cabs).

Useful Tips

Flat rates for taxi rides are not offered unless you pre-book; rates will vary depending on the time of your ride, the destination, and the traffic conditions.
You can pay with a credit or debit card, but there may be a surcharge for doing so; be sure to check with your driver!
Make sure the taximeter is reset to the correct base fare before starting your journey.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Adelaide Airport from Adelaide City Centre?

The Adelaide airport is less than 6 km away from the city centre (CBD), and it takes just 10 to 15 minutes to reach by car.

How much is a taxi from Adelaide airport to the city?

A taxi from Adelaide airport to the city centre (CBD) costs around €11-16 (AUD 18-25) depending on the time of travel, your exact destination, and traffic.

Is there a train from Adelaide airport to the city?

There is not a train that runs from the airport to the city, but the Adelaide Metro service does offer a public bus from Adelaide airport to the city centre or surrounding suburbs.

How much is the bus fare from Adelaide airport to the city?

The bus fare depends on the time of day you are travelling. During peak hours, the fare for a single ticket is €3.67 (AUD 5.80), and during off-peak hours, the single ticket costs €2.47 (AUD 3.90). Children under 5 can ride for free, and kids aged 5 to 14 have discounted fares.

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