Train services within the Adelaide suburban region are provided by Adelaide Metro. Most public transport journeys in the Adelaide region require the use of a Metrocard smart card or Metroticket paper ticket. Regional South Australia is not serviced by passenger trains, with the exception of a small number of locations where The Overland operated by Journey Beyond Rail Expeditons stops on its journey to and from Adelaide.
The Adelaide Metro website provides information about transport services within Adelaide by train, tram and bus. It includes timetables, maps, service updates, and details about tickets and fares. The website also has a Journey Planner, which provides travel options between two locations identified by the user, including scheduled times of services and fares. Adelaide Metro’s metroMate app has features including journey planning and real-time service information.
A Metrocard is a smart card used for most public transport services within the Adelaide suburban area, including by train, bus and tram. Cards can be purchased and value can be loaded on to the card from vending machines on trains, trams and buses, from InfoCentres and agents. There are four types of Metrocard : regular, concession, seniors and students. Using a Metrocard involves touching it on a validator upon boarding a train, tram or bus, and validating it upon entry or exit at Adelaide railway station. Metrocard calculates the fare based on the time of the journey. Peak fares are charged before 9.00 am and after 3.00 pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Off peak fares are between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on weekdays, and all day on Sundays and public holidays. A 14-day or 28-day Pass can also be added to Metrocard. These provide discounted unlimited travel on train, tram and bus services for 14 or 28 consecutive days.
Metrocard Visitors Pass provides unlimited travel for three consecutive days on trains, trams and buses. It can be recharged after the expiry of three days and used as a regular Metrocard.
Metrotickets are paper tickets for use within the Adelaide suburban area. There are three different Metrotickets:
Singletrip tickets, which are valid for two hours
Daytrip tickets, which are valid for unlimited travel for a single day
2 Section tickets, which are valid for travel between two section points or two train stations.
Torrens Connect operates tram and bus services in the Adelaide suburban area. Trams operate within the Adelaide central business district and from the CBD to Glenelg. A Free Tram Zone extends from Entertainment Centre through the Central Business District to South Terrace, and also along Jetty Road, Glenelg, between the Brighton Road and Mosely Square tram stops. Longer journeys can be made using Metrocard. Single use tickets can be purchased on board using cash or credit card.