Domestic Transportation in Australia
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Getting around on your own in Australia can sometimes be difficult because of the lack of public transport. Taxis are used a lot in Australia. They are not difficult to find and they are often the best means of transport, particularly in large cities. Public transport networks are less developed and above all less efficient and punctual than in most European countries. Each Australian State capital has a train/metro network and bus companies (usually well equipped but sometimes getting old). Melbourne has the most extensive tram network in the world. However, Australia remains – like the United States – marked by the culture of the private car.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Sydney tram system map
Brisbane transport system map
Australian Rail Maps
- Urban Transport Agencies
Sydney tram system
Melbourne bus companies
Melbourne Public Transport
Sydney Rail, Buses and Ferries Service
Brisbane Public Transport
- Find an Itinerary
- Taxi Companies
Portal for finding a taxi
Taxis Combined (Sydney)
Yellow Cabs (Melbourne)
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Adelaide Intl (ADL)||7 km / 4 miles||USD 20 / 15-20 min||USD 5.20 / 35 min||-||Available|
|Brisbane Intl (BNE)||12 km / 7 miles||AUD 30-35 / 25 min||AUD 9 / 20-30 min||AUD 12 / 22 min||Available|
|Canberra (CBR)||7 km / 5 miles||AUD 18-24 /15-20 min||Available||-||-|
|Melbourne - Essendon (MEB)||11 km / 7 miles||AUD 35 / 15-20 min||-||-||Available|
|Melbourne - Tullamarine Intl (MEL)||23 km / 14 miles||AUD 43-50 / 20-30 min||AUD 15 /20-25 min||Available||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
Because of the distances involved, taking a plane is almost inevitable. Since the collapse of the second Australian airline in September 2001, only Quantas, Virgin Blue and a certain number of small independent companies offer domestic flights.
Air transport is excellent but the cost of domestic flights is high. The air network is extensive and there are services between all the main cities. There is a flight almost every hour between the most important cities. There is a rail network but it is not very efficient and it is faster to travel by plane because of the distances involved. Buses are efficient and comfortable.
- Rail Companies
Sydney urban rail transport
Melbourne urban rail transport
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The state of the roads is good, especially around big towns. If, however, you want to venture off the beaten track, in the bush, it is better to do so in a 4X4. Finding fuel is reasonably easy. Fines are heavy for driving offenses and they are doubled over long holiday weekends (double demerits); your license may be withdrawn if you do not wear your seat belt. The Australian authorities have set up a large number of speed cameras along the roads to encourage drivers to observe speed limits (110km/h on motorways). There are many traffic jams in and around Sydney.
- Driver's License
- To be able to drive in Australia it is compulsory for you to have an international driver's license and your national license.
- Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
- You must be at least 21 and have had your driver's license for more than 2 years.
- Rental Agencies
- Tolls or Taxes
- There are only a few motorways where you have to pay. Payment is made at the entrance or exit of the motorway, at the tollbooth. Keep your ticket carefully until you come to pay. You have to pay for certain bridges and tunnels, most often electronically with a tag.
- Road Maps
- Find an Itinerary
- Traffic Conditions Online
RTA website (NSW)
VICROAD website (VICTORIA)
- Parking Facilities
- Parking in town is regulated and you generally have to pay. Payment is made at a ticket machine located in the street, with coins. Authorized parking places are shown by white markings on the ground. All cities have parking lots ( underground or not), in the center or on the outskirts, sometimes with connections to means of public transport.
Rules of the Road
- Minimum Driving Age
- Side of the Road For Driving
- Speed Limits
- 50km/h in town, 60-90 on roads, 110 on motorways.
- Safety Belts
- Obligatory in front and at the rear.
- Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
- 0.05 g/100ml
- National Roads Organizations
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
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