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I should point out that the old 1920s tram cars have been replaced by brand new Bombardiar trams (late 2013) so if you read reviews, etc telling you the tram trip to Glenelg is a must do just for the opportunity to ride on an old tram the review is out of date though I have read that there is a plan at some stage to introduce “new, old trams”!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

The Red Rattler – Tram

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In 1873 the railway line between Adelaide and Glenelg was build by the Adelaide, Glenelg & Suburban Railway Company Ltd. Until 1899 the company operated steam trains on the line when it was acquired by the state owned South Australian Railways (SAR) which ran the trains until 1929.

In April 1929 ownership and operation transferred from the SAR to Adelaide’s Municipal Tramways Trust (MTT) which immediately closed the line and converted it to a standard gauge electric tram-line. Continue reading “The Red Rattler – Tram”

Getting around in Riga

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Most visitors with just a day or two in Riga will generally not have time to venture beyond the Old City area and what they want to/ have time to see can easily be reached on foot. There is no doubt that walking is the best way to get around the Old City area and, indeed, slightly beyond.

In planning my trip I knew I wanted to spend a bit of time exploring the Moscow District. I also wanted to visit the massive Soviet Victory Monument across the Daugava River and the former KGB building. The latter I ended up walking to and it’s really not that far from the Old City centre anyway. Continue reading “Getting around in Riga”

Getting from Stockholm to to Riga by Ferry

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Instead of flying from Stockholm to Riga we decided to take Tallink’s ferry, the M/S Isabelle. The trip lasted about 18hrs and was indeed pleasant with everything from check-in at Stockholm’s Frihamnen Terminal to disembarkation at the Riga Passenger Terminal running smoothly. A most civilised and stress-free way to travel. Continue reading “Getting from Stockholm to to Riga by Ferry”

Pyongyang’s Trolley-buses

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Until very recently, about a month after my visit in April 2014, tourists did not get to ride on a trolley-bus. Looking at my pictures attached you might think that is no big deal or, in fact, a good thing.

A short trip on a trolley-bus is now featuring on some tours. It is another one of these things, like a walk in the street, that are a must do only because you are in North Korea. Continue reading “Pyongyang’s Trolley-buses”