Getting to South Australia

With non-stop flights from Auckland to Adelaide, getting to South Australia has never been easier. When you get there you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get around.

Getting to South Australia by air

Adelaide is less than five hours from New Zealand. Air New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland to Adelaide almost every day.

From Christchurch, the connection through to Adelaide is same-day, but if you are travelling from Wellington you’ll need to stay in Auckland overnight.

Flights typically depart Auckland in the early morning, arriving in Adelaide mid-morning, giving you the whole day to explore.

Flights are also available with Qantas, Pacific Blue, Jetstar and Emirates, however you’ll need to stopover in another Australian city before continuing to Adelaide.

Getting to Adelaide by road

By coach

All interstate and regional coaches arrive at and depart from the Central Bus Station at 85 Franklin St, Adelaide.
Greyhound Coaches has connections to Adelaide from the major Australian cities and offers travel passes designed for independent travel.
Firefly Express operates coach services to Adelaide from Melbourne and Sydney.
Premier Stateliner offers a comprehensive half and full day tour programme, plus a range of overnight tours to major South Australian tourist destinations.

Drive the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road that links South Australia with Victoria is one of the world’s legendary coastal drives. You have the freedom to explore at your own pace, but make sure you set aside four nights to get the most out of your experience. View a 4 day self-drive itinerary for this route here.

If you’d prefer to leave the driving to someone else, a number of coach tour companies offer multi-day touring between Melbourne and Adelaide along this famous stretch of highway.

Getting to South Australia by train

Australia is home to two of the world’s greatest long distance train journeys, The Ghan and Indian Pacific.

The Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin via Alice Springs while the Indian Pacific spans the continent between Sydney and Perth, via Adelaide. Together with The Overland, which operates 3 times per week between Melbourne and Adelaide, these trains will bring you to South Australia in comfort and style.

All interstate trains arrive at and depart from Adelaide Parklands Terminal (formerly Keswick Railway Station), 3km west of the city centre. Taxis and shuttle bus services meet every train.

The Ghan – between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin
– 2,979km
– 3 Days, 2 Nights
– Sleeping cabins, dining car, lounge bar

Indian Pacific – between Sydney, Adelaide and Perth
– 4,352km
– 4 Days, 3 Nights
– Sleeping cabins, dining car
– Passes through the Blue Mountains and across the Nullarbor Plain

The Overland – between Melbourne and Adelaide
– 828km
– 11 hours
– Aircraft-style seats

Visit Great Southern Rail for more information.