Airport Guide to Adelaide International (ADL)

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Airport Name

Adelaide Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 6km (4 miles)
west of Adelaide city centre.






+61 (0)8 8308 9211

Airport Overview

Terminal Transfer | Getting into Town | Car Parking | Information Desks | Airport Facilities

Adelaide Airport is the fifth-busiest in Australia, and handles approximately seven million passengers annually. The airport was established in 1955, and the updated international and domestic terminal was opened in 2005. The airport has received numerous awards, including world’s second-best international airport, in the five to 15 million passengers category, in 2006; and in the same year, it was crowned Capital City Airport of the Year at the Australian Aviation Industry Awards in Cairns.

The expansive new terminal building can cope with up to 27 aircraft, including an A380 Airbus, at the same time. There are airline lounges, 14 aerobridges, 42 desks for check-ins and 34 shops. The airport will also receive a brand-new road network and a multi-storey car park, which will more than double its current parking capacity.

The improvements are more than cosmetic – the control tower will almost double in height. Due to these improvements, more major international airlines will undoubtedly make use of the airport. Currently, these include Thai Airways International, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

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Terminal Transfer

Not applicable – Adelaide Airport consists of just one multi-storey terminal building, with elevators to move between the levels.

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Getting into Town

Train:There are no train services from the airport; however, there are bus-links to nearby rail stations.

Bus: The Adelaide Metro operates several buses connecting the airport to a number of locations in Adelaide. Additionally, Skylink Adelaide also runs a shuttle bus from the airport to central Adelaide.

Taxis: Find the taxi rank directly in front of Terminal 1. In addition to the meter fare, passengers will be liable for a AUD 2 levy for taxis leaving the airport.

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Car Parking

There are car parks at Adelaide Airport, and passengers or visitors will be charged AUD 4 for an hour, or AUD 25 per day in the long-term parking lot.

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Information Desks

There is an information desk in Terminal 1. Airport Ambassadors, in burgundy jackets, can be found in the baggage claim hall on the ground floor and in the main check-in hall on Level 2.

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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: There are two Travelex bureau de change in the airport, as well as a number of ATMs that accept most major bank and credit cards.

Luggage: Lockers can be found near the car rental offices in the Terminal 1 car park. The minimum hire cost for a small locker is $4.

Conference and business: The conference facilities at Adelaide Airport are provided by Qantas Meeting Rooms.

Other facilities: Currency exchange and ATMs, medical emergency services, children’s play area (beside Hudson’s Coffee), prayer room.

Wi-Fi: Internode provides free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the airport. However, there are also ten self-service internet kiosks located next to Hungry Jack’s.

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Airport Guide to Adelaide International (ADL) was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3400 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!