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I should point out that the old 1920s tram cars have been replaced by brand new Bombardiar trams (late 2013) so if you read reviews, etc telling you the tram trip to Glenelg is a must do just for the opportunity to ride on an old tram the review is out of date though I have read that there is a plan at some stage to introduce “new, old trams”!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