Adelaide boasts excellent weather throughout the year, but if you are looking for the best time to visit, try to plan a trip during February – March. At this time you have a comfortable average temperature of 14 – 24 degrees Celsius. Also, there are numerous festivals and activities hosted during this period. The Adelaide Fringe Festival is a must-see at this time of the year. You can take a cruise on the Murray River as well as swim with the sea lions.
Travelling from most locations, it is best to book your flight to Adelaide during the month of February for the best deal, although there are other times of the year which offer great deals as well.
In general, most flyers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Adelaide is about 60 days prior.
From most locations, the cheapest day to fly to Adelaide is Wednesday. Most users found that departing on a Friday was most expensive.
On average you can find the best deals on plane tickets to Adelaide when looking for flights with afternoon departure times.
The Adelaide Metro bus has a double-decker called JetExpress that runs between the airport and city centre. Service is offered hourly during peak travel times. You must have exact change to purchase the ticket from the bus driver. You can buy a Singletrip ($5.30 AUD during peak hours and $3.40 AUD during interpeak hours) or Daytrip ($10 UAD) ticket. Otherwise, purchase a Metrocard for $5 AUD and the fare is approximately $3.54 AUD per peak hour trip. Add at least $5 AUD to your card each time you travel.
The Airport City Shuttle offers door-to-door service from local hotels to the airport. Cost is $10 AUD per person for a one-way trip to city centre.
Taxis from the airport to city centre are the fastest option. There is a $2 AUD levy added to all taxis departing from the airport. The fare to city centre is approximately $25 AUD.
Bike rentals are easily available for free with your passport or driver’s license. The Linear Park Bike Path takes you from the airport’s Bicycle Facility to city centre in approximately 90 minutes. If you travelled with a bicycle, use the service station to assemble your bike before departing.
You can save money and explore the area driving on your own. Book your rental car with momondo.
The Adelaide Connector Free Bus runs 7 days a week (except on holidays). It is a free option that goes all around downtown. Enjoy your ride on this solar powered bus!
The tram takes you for free from South Terrace to City West and runs throughout the day. If you plan to go further, you will need to buy a ticket or you can use your Metrocard.
Taxis are available throughout city centre and include Independent Taxis, Suburban Taxis, Yellow Cabs, and Adelaide Access Taxis. The fare starts at $3.70 AUD and then increases approximately $1.84 AUD per kilometre and $39.30 AUD per 1-hour wait.
The Adelaide bus lines explore city centre. Purchase a 3-day visitor pass for discounted or concession bus fares. The cost is only $26 AUD, so if you are on a strict budget, this pass is definitely worth it. You have unlimited travel for 3 consecutive days on all bus, train, and tram routes.
Adelaide is an interesting location to visit in South Australia. The stunning beaches, including Victor Harbour, Normanville, and Kangaroo Island are all must-see spots. The River Torrens Linear Trail is a great walk that goes from the Adelaide Hills to Henley Beach. While in the Adelaide Hills, soak up the story-book style region that is as quaint as it is breathtaking. Visit one of the 200 different wineries in the area for a tasting and tour. At the Cleland Conservation Park, you can see koalas and feed a kangaroo. On Kangaroo Island, you will see the delightful sea lions up close. Shop along the Adelaide Central Markets for delicious gourmet foods, parks, gardens, and more. For a great afternoon stroll, walk around the North Terrace precinct where you will find the National Wine Centre, Botanic Gardens, and several art museums filled with rich history.
Clubs and Nightlife
Adelaide has a wonderful mix of nightlife opportunities. The Supermild is a hip, retro-style lounge that offers great music, dancing, and excellent service. The modern Transmission Club is an indie nightclub, and if you visit during September, you can enjoy the Transmission Warehouse Party. Nightcall is another popular spot for nightlife activities.
China Town and the central market are vibrant, fun, and open for business all year long. Here you will find exotic foods, great coffee, and local vendors selling Australian goods.
Enjoy the Food
The culinary scene in Adelaide is impressive. You will notice award-winning restaurants and sample world-class wines on Rundle Street, Gouger Street, and O’Connell Street. Also, the Parade at Norwood offers an exciting array of boutique-style restaurants.
There is an event or festival going on almost any time you visit this vibrant city. Check out South Australia’s events page to see what you might find during your visit. For example, every February, there is the Coopers Kangaroo Island Cup, while April has AFL games and September hosts the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.