Visiting Adelaide in March? It’s a busy time of the year for Adelaide, locally know as “mad March” because of all the amazing arts festivals taking place. We’re sure you’d rather be enjoying a cold drink and some music than being stuck in the airport terminal, so here’s all you need to know about getting through Adelaide’s Airport quickly:
The airport itself is called Terminal 1, so don’t be confused and go looking for the second terminal. It doesn’t exist! All of the flights take off and land from one building, with Terminal 1 being the wing to the south west, and Terminal 1A being the wing to the north east. (1A is for regional flights, including those to the Eyre Peninsula) Level 0 of the building is for both domestic and international baggage claim, as well as regional arrivals. Level 1 is for international arrivals. Level 2 is for international, domestic and regional departures, and domestic arrivals.
Adelaide Airport is open from 4am to 11pm daily.
Airport management recommends you allow three hours for customs and security checks, processing and unexpected delays, but we’ve found that check-in and security at Adelaide’s airport is very efficient and seems to take no time. Flight information displays are located at numerous places in the concourses of the terminal.
Adelaide Airport provides Ambassadors, known by their bright burgundy coats. They can offer help and directions if you need them. They can be found in the baggage claim hall on the ground floor, and on level 2 in the check-in area.
Adelaide Airport’s multi-level car park was opened in 2012. There are no ongoing or current renovations.
Traveling To And From The Airport
Auckland’s airport is accessible by bus, rental car, taxi and shuttle. The airport is a 20 minute drive to the city center, or 30 minutes by bus.
Numerous companies offer taxi and shuttle service. Note that taxis add a $2 AUD surcharge to their fares (for leaving the airport). Fares to the city center are usually $15 – 20 AUD for taxis, and about $14 AUD per person for shared shuttles. You can pre-book both shuttles and taxis, but both are available on arrival.
Rental CarsAll the standard options for rental cars are available at the airport, with a number of local rentals available outside the facility.
If you are parking in the long-term area, there is a free ‘P Bus’ shuttle that takes passengers to and from long-term parking to the terminal. It runs every 20 minutes, starting at 4.30am (from the parking lot) and finishing at 11.20pm (from T1).
There are several buses that travel to and from the Adelaide Airport. Look for the JetBus service, which runs to the city center, Glenelg and the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center. Fares are $4.90 AUD for a single trip (one way). Schedules may be reduced on weekends or public holidays.
- J1, Glenelg Interchange to City. Runs every 15 minutes.
- J2, Harbour Town Centre Interchange to City. Runs every 15 minutes.
- J7, West Lakes Centre Interchange to Marion Centre Interchange. Only runs on weekdays; available once an hour.
Train stations can be connected to via bus.
More information about bus timetables, maps, fares and stops is available at the Adelaide Metro website.