Adelaide’s public transport system includes buses, trains and trams; each of which can get you to the far reaches of the city.

Public transport

Adelaide has been called the 20 minute city and when you arrive here you’ll understand why! It is easy to navigate and with the help of public transport – including free buses and trams in the central business district – getting from A to B is easy. South Australia was the first state to provide a public transport concession to international students, with fares beginning at 92 cents for a one way trip, this mode of transport is preferred by many students. You’ll find everything you need to know about Adelaide’s public transport including timetables and route maps at the Adelaide Metro website and courtesy of the City of Adelaide.


Adelaide is a wonderful city to explore by bike, with its broad, flat streets, beautiful Park Lands and a wealth of bike paths making it very bike-friendly. Many of the major streets have dedicated bike lanes and there are two bike pumps located in the city to help keep bike tyres in good condition. One is centrally located at 25 Pirie Street, the other at the Kurangga Park BMX Track at the corner of Unley and Greenhill roads. You can hire a bike for free thanks to the Adelaide Free Bikes program run by the City of Adelaide and Bike SA. Find out more at this website.


Driving can make getting around a lot easier, especially if you live in a non-metropolitan area where public transport might not be as frequent. You may also find that driving gives you more freedom and a greater sense of safety, allowing you to stay late at friends’ houses without worrying about how you will get home, work evening shifts or organise road trips to explore different parts of South Australia.

You must have a valid drivers licence to drive in Australia and carry it with you at all times while driving. International students are regarded as temporary residents, which means that you are able to drive in Australia using your licence from your home country as long as it is current and valid. If your licence is not written in English, you must also carry a certified translation in English or apply for an International Driving Permit from your home country. If you don’t have an overseas licence and want to apply for a licence in Australia, you will need to apply through the SA motor registry and undergo a series of tests. If you gain Permanent Residency in Australia, you will need to apply for an Australian licence within three months.

Want to know more about driving in South Australia? Take a look at the following information from the South Australian government.

South Australian road rules

Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure Know The Road Rules Postcard Page 1

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Postcard Page 2