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Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Glenelg

The seaside suburb of Glenelg is popular for its wide sandy beach and relaxing atmosphere. When you’re not taking a dip in the sea, you can explore the shops along Jetty Road or relax at one of the sidewalk cafes.

If you are travelling from Adelaide Airport to Glenelg, you can take either a bus or a taxi to reach your destination. The J1 JetBus, operated by the Adelaide Metro, can get you to Glenelg in 31 minutes and costs €3.67 (AUD 5.80) during peak hours and €2.47 (AUD 3.90) during off-peak hours. The quicker and more comfortable option is taking an Adelaide airport taxi or private car. The journey by car takes around 15 minutes and costs €13-16 to (AUD 21-25), depending on the time of travel, traffic, and the exact end destination. You can also pre-book a personalised ride for a flat, competitive rate with one of Welcome’s friendly and professional drivers.

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Comparison of the options

Bus €7.34 31min 05:00–23:30
Taxi €13 15min 24/7

How to get from Adelaide airport to Glenelg by bus

The J1 JetBus runs through the Adelaide city centre to the airport and to Glenelg. You can catch the bus just outside the airport exit at Stop 10. A single ticket costs €3.67 (AUD 5.80) during peak hours and €2.47 (AUD 3.90) during off-peak hours. The bus runs about every half hour from 5:00 to 23:30 and takes 31 minutes.

How much is the bus from Adelaide airport to Glenelg?

The Adelaide airport to Glenelg bus fare depends on the time of day you are travelling. Peak hours are before 9:00 and after 15:00 on weekdays and all day Saturday, while off-peak hours are from 9:00 to 15:00 on weekdays and all day on Sunday. During peak hours, a single ticket costs €3.67 (AUD 5.80). A single ticket during off-peak hours costs €2.47 (AUD 3.90). Children under 5 ride for free, whilst there is also a reduced fare on offer for kids aged 5 to 14.



Trip Duration

31 minutes

You may have to wait up to 30 minutes for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus to Glenelg is available from 5:00 to 23:30.

Where do I get it from?

The J1 bus picks up passengers from Stop 10, which is located a short walk across the pedestrian plaza to the left after exiting the terminal.


Catching the bus from the airport to Glenelg is a great option if you are on a budget, however, it is not available from 23:30 until 5:00, so if you’re arriving late at night you would have to find an alternative transfer solution. Keep in mind the journey does take longer than taking a taxi or private transfer, and you may have to wait up to 30 minutes to catch your ride.


Editor’s Note

Check the sign on the bus for the Glenelg direction to ensure you are going the right way, as Bus J1 also goes toward the opposite direction, to the city centre.

Useful Tips

You can check the timetable and use the handy journey planner on the Adelaide Metro website to better plan your trip.
If you plan to use public transportation frequently during your stay in Adelaide, you may want to consider purchasing a metroCARD for a discounted fare. Tickets or metroCARDs can be bought from the vending machine located at the bus stop with coins, notes, or Eftpos.
Be sure to validate your ticket or metroCARD when getting on the bus.

How to get from Adelaide airport to Glenelg by taxi

Taking a taxi is the quickest and easiest way to get from Adelaide airport to Glenelg. The trip takes around 15 minutes and costs €13-16 (AUD 21-25) depending on the time of travel, your exact destination, and traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Adelaide airport to Glenelg

Taxi fares in Adelaide are based on a taximeter, with the cost varying depending on the location of your destination, traffic, and the time you are travelling, with night fares costing more. For up to four passengers, the fare on weekdays from 6:00 to 19:00 costs €1.18 (AUD 1.87) per kilometre, plus a flagfall of €2.34 (AUD 3.70). Outside of those times, the fare per km is €1.37 (AUD 2.16), plus a flagfall of €3.10 (AUD 4.90). There is also an additional €1.90 (AUD 3) levy for rides from the airport. With the levy included, you should pay around €13-16 (AUD 21-25) for your Adelaide Airport to Glenelg taxi service.



Trip Duration

15 minutes

Value for Money

Taxis from Adelaide Airport to Glenelg are available 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

You can find a designated taxi queue just outside Adelaide Airport. The queue is located on the western side of the pedestrian plaza. After exiting the airport, take a left and look for the line of taxis.


A taxi is the fastest, most convenient and most comfortable transfer option to get from Adelaide to Glenelg. Taxis are available 24/7 and the driver can help with loading and unloading your luggage.

Editor’s Note

There are several taxi companies that serve Adelaide airport. You can prebook your trip by phone, but there may be a surcharge for doing so.

Useful Tips

Most taxis accept debit/credit card payments, but there may be a surcharge for using your card. It’s worth checking with your driver in advance.
Taxis don't provide child car seats or booster seats, so you would need to bring your own, if required.
Tipping your cab driver isn't expected in Adelaide, though travellers often round up their fare.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Adelaide airport from Glenelg?

Adelaide airport is a little less than 8 km away from Glenelg and it takes about 10-15 minutes to reach by car.

How much is a taxi from Adelaide airport to Glenelg?

The cost of an Adelaide taxi ride depends on the distance travelled and level of traffic. A taxi from Adelaide Airport to Glenelg costs around €13-16 (AUD 21-25).

How do you get from Adelaide airport to Glenelg on public transport?

If you’re considering taking public transport from Adelaide airport to Glenelg, the J1 JetBus picks you up just outside the airport at Stop 10 and can get you to Glenelg in approximately 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the bus stop vending machine.

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