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While public transport in Adelaide is available, services aren't as extensive or regular as one would find in Australia’s larger cities. For this reason, while many commuters are happy to use public transport close to the city centre, they find it useful to have their own car as well, especially those who live further out.
Public transport in Adelaide
An integrated train, tram and bus network make getting around in Adelaide fairly easy. The cost of public transport in the city is reasonable, especially in comparison to other Australian cities.
Adelaide has a comprehensive bus system, but commuters often complain that the buses are slow or late. One of the city's most popular bus systems is the O-Bahn Busway, a guided bus route around the city. In addition to this, there is a free City Connector bus service that services the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide.
The Adelaide tram network was once extensive, but has now been significantly reduced. Although the tram network is limited, it does serve as a novel option for those wanting to avoid traffic congestion in the city centre.
Adelaide Metro’s train system consists of only a handful of lines, including interstate lines to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Darwin. Though the trains and tracks are slightly outdated, they generally run on time.
Taxis in Adelaide
There are a number of taxi companies in Adelaide. Taxis can be hailed on the street or pre-booked by phone. Rates vary from company to company. Charges increase at night and on weekends. Ride-hailing services such as Uber are also operational in Adelaide and are sometimes more convenient than regular taxis.
Driving in Adelaide
Although it is possible to walk or use public transport close to Adelaide’s city centre, the system is somewhat limited and service outside the city is infrequent. Many expats find it useful to buy a car. This is often the most practical way to get around Adelaide, especially if living in the suburbs.
Expats can drive on a licence from their home country for a period of 90 days after their arrival in Australia. After this, a South Australian driver's licence must be obtained in order to continue driving legally in Adelaide.
Cycling in Adelaide
Adelaideans love to cycle, although they tend to do so more for fun rather than function. Similarly, while the city has some great recreational cycle routes, cycle routes for commuters are limited. There are a few disjointed cycle lanes around the city but the options aren’t always practical or safe.
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