Beaches, fine dining, shops and galleries, there's not much a holiday in Adelaide doesn't offer. Set on the banks of the River Torrens, the city is a vibrant and bustling metropolis and home to beautiful architecture and parklands. Take a trip to the tree-lined North Terrace boulevard where you'll find the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and Botanical Gardens or catch a boat to Kangaroo Island to see sea lions and stunning scenery. A trip to the seaside is also a must, with Glenelg, Brighton and West beaches just a short tram ride from the centre.
There are no direct flights to Adelaide from the UK, but there are a number of indirect services on offer. Carriers including British Airways, Qantas, KLM and Singapore Airlines fly from a variety of United Kingdom airports including London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Although the flight time is lengthy, the journey halfway across the world is more than worth it for a holiday in Adelaide.
All flights from the UK land at Adelaide International Airport which is located seven kilometres west of the centre of the city. There are a number of ways of getting to your Adelaide hotel. The cheapest option is the local bus, JetBus. Departing every 15 minutes, the bus is reliable and will get you to the city in under 20 minutes. The Skylink Adelaide bus is also a reliable option and serves many of the larger hotels. However it is slightly more expensive than the local bus. Taxis are readily available from the airport and if there are three or more of you they can work out cheaper than catching the Skylink.
There are a wealth of accommodation options in Adelaide from hostels to plush, five-star hotel chains. If you are on a tight budget and looking for cheap hotels in Adelaide concentrate your search around the Central Bus Station area as this is where the most affordable accommodation in the city centre is. Alternatively, head to one of the many suburbs where you can find small B&Bs and guesthouses that will be cheaper than city-centre hotels. Just be aware you'll need to spend more on travel costs though. For the best deals, shop around online and book in advance.
Getting around during your Adelaide holiday is easy thanks to the extensive public transport system. A Metroticket will allow you to make use of the bus, tram and train services in the city. If you plan on making a number of trips consider purchasing Multi-trip tickets to save money. Car hire in Adelaide is also a great option and allows you the freedom to explore the city, its suburbs and the surrounding areas at your will.
For cheap eats head to Adelaide's Chinatown or look out for restaurants advertising BYO as this means you can bring your own alcohol in with you saving you splashing out on expensive in-house booze.
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