Australia Transport Guide

Australia has a brilliant transport infrastructure with plenty of domestic airlines, long-distance rail and coach and rental options for getting around and from country to coast. Within the capital cities, you'll also find a variety of bus, train, tram, light rail and taxi services too.

How to get around Australia

Australia has airports in every major city and most regional centres with domestic flights that interlink each destination daily. If you are travelling great distances in a limited amount of time, flights may be a good option and you can get competitive airfares online or instore. Long-distance coaches, such as Greyhound, can be easily booked either per kilometre or by route. Rail services stretch straight up through the country and all the way along the east coast tying together key cities in Australia. In rural areas, public transport may be hard to find or run on limted routes or schedules, so it is always advisable to plan your journey thoroughly. If you are keen to explore the countryside and travel great distances, car hire is a good option for flexibility and convenience. Most campervan or car rental companies are located in the airports as well as centrally in the capital cities. Such is the popularity of this mode of transport, car rental outlets litter the coastline allowing travellers to simply drop the hire vehicle off at the nearest franchise when they have finished. Within the city centres and surrounding suburbs, buses and trains run regularly and are reasonably priced. Often public transport stations offer travel smartcards, which also greatly reduce the fare and are a great investment if you're staying longer than a few days in the same city. Taxis are abundant the more central and populous your location, and can be ordered within minutes over the phone following a quick search online, or hailed on the street or from a taxi rank. When you're in Melbourne, make sure you take a tramride through the city, and a helicopter flight is the ideal way to see the magnificence of Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and the idyllic Whitsundays from the air.