How to get to South Australia

By | May 9, 2022


South Australia’s sun-baked outback encompasses the Flinders Ranges, the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert and the stunning scenery surrounding the salt flats of Lake Eyre and Lake Eyre National Park. Known as the “Festival State,” this state offers a wealth of cultural delights in its capital, Adelaide. From the massive State Library and South Australian Museum to the Oval Cricket Ground and Festival Center next to the River Torrens, there’s plenty to see and the bustling market on Gouger Street invites you to linger, as do the cafes and bars along the wide boulevards in North Adelaide. an island south of Adelaide, is home to koalas, sea lions and kangaroos, and orchards and vineyards thrive in an otherwise inhospitable area thanks to the life-giving Murray River. Wine lovers should visit the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra for their award-winning wines. See other countries in Oceania on payhelpcenter.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

There are no direct flights to South Australia from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The following airlines offer flights with 1 stopover to Adelaide: – Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Cathay Pacific (CX) fly in cooperation with Lufthansa (LH) from Frankfurt/M. and with Swiss (LX) from Zurich; Stopovers in Singapore and Hong Kong; – Emirates (EK) offer flights from Frankfurt/M., Zurich and Vienna via Dubai, which can also be booked via the Australian airline Qantas (QF); – Qatar Airways (QR) fly from Frankfurt/M., Zurich and Vienna via Doha. From Adelaide connections to Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney are possible with Qantas (QF).

Flight times

Frankfurt/M. – Adelaide: 21 hrs 20 mins; Zurich – Adelaide: 21 hrs 10 mins; Vienna – Adelaide: 21 hours 5 minutes (in each case pure flight times, the stay times at stopovers vary).


The Qantas Walkabout Pass is also valid for South Australia. Domestic flights are pre-booked with Qantas flights to Australia. Singapore Airlines’ Visit Australia Airpass offers affordable flights to South Australia from other Australian states.

Arrival by car

Car: The state’s road network covers 10,200 km. The major expressways are the Stuart Highway north to Darwin via Coober Pedy and Alice Springs, the Birdsville Track to Queensland, the Eyre Highway to Perth west, the Princes Highway along the coast to Melbourne and the Stuart Highway east to Canberra and Sydney. The Explorer’s Way on the Stuart Highway from Adelaide via Alice Springs to Darwin is considered one of the most beautiful car routes in the world. Long-Distance Bus: South Australia is connected to the national coach network that connects all states. It takes approximately 22 hours to drive from Sydney to Adelaide and 41 hours 40 minutes from Darwin to Adelaide. Greyhound Australia and Firefly Express serve Adelaide with bus services from all major Australian cities. The interstate bus station is in Adelaide on Franklin Street. Greyhound offers the WHIMit Pass, which gives travelers unlimited travel on Australia’s Greyhound bus network for 7, 21, 45, 60, 90, 120 or 365 days. Tolls: South Australia has no toll roads. Documents: In addition to the national driver’s license, either a certified English translation or the international driver’s license must be carried.

Arrival by train

Great Southern Rail operate three trains; Hub is Adelaide. The Indian Pacific runs between Perth and Sydney via Adelaide, the Ghan between Darwin and Adelaide via Alice Springs and the Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide. The Ghan runs twice a week; a two-day stopover is possible in Alice Springs. There are good regional and national connections from the transfer station in Adelaide. The central station for these services is at Keswick, 3 km west of Adelaide city centre. Taxis are available and some hotels offer their own transfers.

Arrival by ship

Adelaide is an international port city where passenger ships from Europe and Asia dock.

Cruise ships

The Cunard shipping company uses both the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth to call at Adelaide on its world cruises departing from Southampton.

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Public Holidays

03/14/2022 Adelaide Cup Day

06/13/2022 Celebrations for the Queen’s birthday

03.10.2022 Labor Day

12/26/2022 day of the exclamation

*Adelaide Cup Day is a public holiday in Adelaide only.


Business contacts

South Australian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc Enterprise House, 136 Greenhill Road, Unley, SA 5061 Tel: (08) 83 00 00 00. Fax: (08) 83 00 00 01. Internet: ouch




There are over 370 hotels and guesthouses in South Australia, around 130 of them in Adelaide alone; from inexpensive hostels to first-class 5-star hotels in international hotel chains, there is something for everyone. You can also stay in private homes (Bed & Breakfast) throughout South Australia, especially in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. For more information, contact the Australian Hotels Association, 60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA 5000. (Tel: (08) 82 32 45 25. Internet: or


There are almost 200 campsites; Adelaide Caravan Park, West Beach, Marineland Village and Port Glanville Caravan Park are in the Adelaide area. All campsites are well equipped and have electricity connections. Numerous companies rent out fully equipped mobile homes. Further information is available from the South Australian Tourist Commission (see addresses).


Best travel time

Long, hot summers and short, mild winters, hardly any rainfall. One of the hottest areas is the town of Coober Pedy, north-west of Adelaide, where summer temperatures rise to 45°C.

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How to get to South Australia