NextThere – A Must Have App

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If you have an Iphone or an Ipad and plan on using public transport in Sydney (and various other Australian and a few US cities – though I have only tested it in Sydney) you absolutely must download this app and use it (along with the other must have – an Opal Card – (see my separate review)). Continue reading “NextThere – A Must Have App”

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Sydney Light Rail

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This is the simplest form of Sydney public transport to tell you about as there is only one line, though as I write (December 2017) construction of an extremely controversial line connecting Central Station and Circular Quay via a track down George Street is underway. It will be the world’s most expensive light rail system on a per kilometre basis – if that’s any claim to fame. And that’s before the budget blow-outs occur.

I have digressed. Continue reading “Sydney Light Rail”

Sydney Buses

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Sydney has a reasonably extensive system of buses but like most places catching a bus is the thing tourists tend to steer clear of or fear most. The reasons for this is that bus routes are harder to decipher, buses get snarled up in traffic, all buses don’t stop at all bus stops, and stops are not marked in the way train stations and the like are, meaning that unless you know the route you may have little idea where you are. Continue reading “Sydney Buses”

The Airport by Train

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Notwithstanding my second picture I highly recommend this service if your final destination in Sydney is within walking distance of a train station.

Catching the train is the fastest way to reach Sydney Airport or to get to the city from the airport. Services run directly to/from the city centre to/from stations located inside the Domestic and International terminals. You can probably go cheaper by bus but for the extra dollar or so I prefer the faster train service. Continue reading “The Airport by Train”

Get A Free Bicycle For The Day

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Adelaide City Bikes (Run by Bike SA) is a FREE bike hire scheme available to everyone every day. The scheme is an initiative of Adelaide City Council aimed at achieving a cleaner and greener city.

Bicycles are sturdy machines – certainly not designed for speed but they will get you around the city or along the coast. Bicycles can be ridden anywhere within the city limits – I recommend a ride along the banks of the Torrens River (including to the coast), the Parklands Trail and along the Gulf St Vincent. Continue reading “Get A Free Bicycle For The Day”

Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C

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Adelaide Metro Bus Service 99A/C

Route 99A/C (anti-clockwise and clockwise respectively) is a useful free bus service for getting around the centre of Adelaide.

While the area covered can be done on foot the bus service is a very welcome alternative when its wet or Adelaide temperatures sore towards or past 40 degrees centigrade which happens regularly in summer. Continue reading “Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C”

Travel by Tram

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Adelaide’s tram system consists of one tram line which runs from the Entertainment Centre via the city centre to the seaside town of Glenelg.

While only one line the system is very useful to visitors for three reasons:

(i) the section, within the City, from the Entertainment Centre to South Terrace – eleven stops – is free, hop on hop off as you like. The same applies to the last three stops in Glenelg though this section is less useful to the visitor
(ii) the tram is the easiest and most comfortable way of getting to Glenelg – an important seaside destination and certainly worth half a day of your time
(iii) it can save you a significant amount on parking fees if you are travelling by car and don’t absolutely need to bring it into the city.

In regards to point three – park your car at the Entertainment Centre on Port Road – $4 for all day parking and then jump on the tram for a free ride to the city.

I should point out that the old 1920s tram cars have been replaced by brand new Bombardiar trams (late 2013) so if you read reviews, etc telling you the tram trip to Glenelg is a must do just for the opportunity to ride on an old tram the review is out of date though I have read that there is a plan at some stage to introduce “new, old trams”! See my separate review on the “old, old trams” – the Red Rattler – within my Glenelg category.

The tram is part of Adelaide Metro so the same ticketing system applies. See my separate tip – Bus, Tram, Train – Dayticket for ticket details. Tickets can be purchased on the tram using coins (not notes) or a credit card with pin number. Remember to validate your ticket as appropriate to the ticket.

Trams run every 10 minutes or so on weekdays and every 15mins or so at weekends and on public holidays though less frequently later in the evening.

Since the introduction of new trams and the free service within the city centre area trams have become very popular so be prepared to stand, at least within the city area.

Timetables and other information can be found at http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/routes/Tram


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Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes

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A Daytrip Metroticket costs $10.20 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A 3-Day Visitor Pass is also available and costs $26.60. Continue reading “Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes”