Adelaide Trains

Adelaide Trains

Getting around Adelaide by train is an easy way to access any part of the city that you may want to reach. Adelaide’s public transportation system is efficient, easy to use and affordable. Adelaide’s Metro card system includes city trains, buses and trams and tickets you buy can be used on all three kinds of transportation.

There are a variety of ticket options that can be purchased from the Metro train stations, Australia Post offices and most news agents. If you are planning to do a reasonable amount of to-ing and fro-ing on the train or bus, then it is well worthwhile purchasing a Daytrip Ticket.

Alternatively, to cover your transportation over the duration of your stay, a Multitrip Ticket may be a good choice. You can buy single trip and multi trip tickets on board the trains if you get on at a station that does not have a ticket office. These machines only accept coins however, so make sure you are prepared with the necessary coinage. You must have a valid ticket to travel on the train; otherwise you may receive a fine.

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There are several different lines that span out over the city – the Belair Line, the Gawler Line, the Grange Line, the Noarlunga Line, the Outer Harbour Line, the Tonsley Line and the Showground Central Line. When looking at the timetables, you may see areas marked as “Go Zones”. This means that there are services running every 15 minutes along that line between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday through to Friday and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays.

If you have a senior’s card, you can travel free on the suburban trains between 9:01am and 3pm Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and public holidays – don’t forget to bring your card with you to show any ticket inspectors. Children under five are not required to pay for tickets and if you have a valid concession card, you can also receive a discount on tickets. Bikes and surfboards are permitted on most services throughout the city, but check if in doubt.

There are 81 different train stations throughout Adelaide with the central terminus located in the CBD at North Terrace. All suburban trains on the system start and end at Adelaide Station, spanning out from the nine different platforms in the station. The station itself was built in 1856 and modelled after Grand Central Station in New York. Timetables can either be collected from the station or printed from the Adelaide Metro website. Services on the trains run until around midnight, after which there is limited bus connection to different parts of the city.

There are no longer regular train services running to regional South Australia, but there are interstate services that leave from the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. You can access this train station from the Keswick suburban train station. Services that leave from this station include the Overland, which connects Adelaide and Melbourne; the Ghan, which travels north to Alice Springs and terminates in Darwin and the Indian Pacific, which connects to Sydney and Perth. These services are operated by TransAdelaide.

Date posted: 7th May, 2018

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