Adelaide Airport is the 5th busiest in Australia and services the state capital of South Australia, handling nearly 8 million passengers a year. The airport is about 6 kilometres from Adelaide CBD, located near to West Beach. The International terminal (shared with the domestic) has only been open since 2005 and contributed to the honour of the airport being named Second Best International Airport in 2006.
Airlines operating at Adelaide Airport include Qantas (domestic), Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Virgin (domestic). The busiest domestic route is Adelaide/Melbourne and the busiest international route is Singapore.
Visitors to various areas of Adelaide can reach the city by hopping on a Jetbus or the Skylink Adelaide bus will take you direct to central Adelaide. There are proposed plans for a light rail link but hire car at Adelaide International Airport is also an excellent option. The car rental desks can be found by the exit doors of the terminal building opposite the domestic baggage claim.
Like most Australian cities, Adelaide has character, and like those settled early, it has the flavour of a European capital that has been added to by generations of immigrants who have contributed their own stamp. Drive your hire car along wide sweeping streets, across expansive city squares and alongside lush green spaces to discover an Adelaide that is an artistic, cultural and epicurean hotspot.
The state of South Australia is sparsely populated and with the next nearest city of Melbourne being 736 kilometres away, it’s no wonder 1 million people call Adelaide home, making it Australia’s 5th largest city. Its inhabitants and visitors can enjoy fine architecture, great shopping, a wealth of events, a vibrant nightlife, fine dining and an upbeat cafe culture and a swathe of sandy beaches.
Adelaide also enjoys the enviable position of being central to the wine growing regions of the McLaren Vale and Clare Valley and renowned Barossa Valley. All can be reached on a day trip in your hire car. As an alternative to a city stay, lodge in wine country amongst the gorgeous scenery and just drive to Adelaide whenever the fancy takes.
Other options for visitors arriving at Adelaide International Airport are the coastal towns on the Fleurieu Peninsula, the wildlife haven of Kangaroo Island and the coolness of the Mt. Lofty ranges, ideal for native bushland hikes.