Public transport in Adelaide, South Australia, is managed by the State Government's Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, branded as Adelaide Metro. Today bus services are operated by contractors: Busways, SouthLink, Torrens Connect and Torrens Transit.[1]

Historically bus services in Adelaide were operated by private operators. In the 1950s, the Municipal Tramways Trust began operating buses to replace its trams.[2] In the mid-1970s, the Municipal Tramways Trust took over the services of the private operators.[2] In the mid-1990s, provision of services was contracted out to the private sector with TransAdelaide maintaining responsibility for service levels.[3] The city's transport is now managed by the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, branded as Adelaide Metro.


  • Routes 100-197X, 230, 232, 281-288, 333, 350, 371-376, 579, 580, B10, B12, H20-H33, J1-J8, N22, N30, N178, W90, W91, X30, 200-209F, 235-273, 300-320, 361, 600-605, 645, 646, 500-591C, C1, C2, G10-G40, M44, N1,N10, N21, N202, N254, N262, N502, N541 and N542 are operated by Torrens Transit.
  • Routes 222-229, 400-494, 560-565, 640, 681-683, 719-756, 820-894, 900, N224, N721, T721, T722 and T840-T863 are operated by SouthLink.
  • Routes 805, 806, 807 and 808 are operated by LinkSA.
  • Trains and Trams are operated by TransAdelaide.

Bus Routes[4]

Through-City routes

West Lakes Interchange to City via and Military Road [6]

Transit Link[7]

TransitLink bus services are limited stop express bus routes, operating to and from the city.

O-Bahn Routes

O-Bahn City Routes

(Routes 500, 501, 556, 557, 559 and ending with 'X' only operate during peak periods, 6:30am–9:00am and 2:00pm–6:00pm, 545 only limited services, 541, 544[8] off peak only)

North Eastern and O-Bahn Feeders

Eastern Routes

Western Routes

All buses terminating in the west of Adelaide

City Buses

Western Feeder Services

Northern Routes

Buses terminating to the North of Adelaide

City Buses

Northern Feeder Services

Southern Routes

City Routes

Feeder Routes

Adelaide Hills Buses

All buses starting with the number "8"

City Buses

Adelaide Hills Feeder Services

Murray Bridge Buses

Murray Bridge buses are operated by LinkSA and do not use Adelaide Metro fares. Please see for more info.

Cross Town Connector Services


Buses that operate via Adelaide Airport

After Midnight

After Midnight services operate only on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings after midnight:

Free Buses

The following buses are zero-fare, wheelchair-accessible circuit routes that service the Adelaide City Council area daily, on frequent routes:

  • 98A98C
Bi-directional loop via North Terrace, Currie Street, Hutt Street, Halifax Street, Sturt Street, Grote Street, Morphett Street, Jeffcott Street, Ward Street, Hill Street, Tynte Street, Finiss Street and Frome Road[13]
  • 99A99C
Bi-directional loop via North Terrace, Currie Street, Hutt Street, Halifax Street, Sturt Street, Grote Street, Victoria Square, King William Street. This service operated under the '99C' only and it was only in 2014 that the name change took place. The 99C is a clockwise loop while the 99A is anti-clockwise.[14]

Adelaide Oval Footy Express

Adelaide Metro provide services between Adelaide Oval and areas across South Australia. Tickets for the games also act as the ticket to travel free on any Adelaide Oval Footy Express bus, train or tram, in order to alleviate overcrowding on regular services. Most services offer early arrival times and some routes will have services that leave an hour after the final siren.[15] The locations in metropolitan Adelaide include:

Train Routes[16]

Main Lines

Branch Lines

Tram Routes

See also


  1. ^ Bus Service Performance Adelaide Metro
  2. ^ a b McNichol, Steve (August 1982). Bus & Coach Pictorial: SA. Elizabeth: Railmac Publications. p. 2. ISBN 0-949817-15-5.
  3. ^ Competitive Tendering for Bus Services Seventh International Conference on Competition & Ownership in Land Passenger Transport June 2001
  4. ^ Bus Timetables Adelaide Metro
  5. ^ Route 110 timetable Adelaide Metro
  6. ^ Route 112 timetable Adelaide Metro
  7. ^ Not every Transit Link bus connects to another bus at some point on the route, and not every bus that connects is a transit link service. "F" and "X" buses often connect with other buses along the route, for specific timetable information, see
  8. ^ route 544 operates Weeknights, Sundays and Public Holidays only. For Ladywood Road buses at other times, use route M44
  9. ^ Parts of route 850 are outside the Metroticket area. Please contact Southlink Hills for more information
  10. ^ Parts of route 852 are outside the Metroticket area. Please contact Southlink Hills for more information
  11. ^ SA Government-reintroduces double decker bus service ABC News 26 October 2014
  12. ^ limited services stop at FMC. See for specific information
  13. ^ Previously known as The Connector, the service makes also makes use of a Solar Bus, Tindo (Tindo stands for solar in the local Aboriginal language); the 98C service is a clockwise loop while the 98A is anti-clockwise.< Archived 22 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Adelaide Oval Footy Express". Adelaide Metro. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  16. ^ a b c d