Guest ben.karen

Public Transport in Hills/South Adelaide

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    Guest ben.karen

    Hi

    We are thinking of moving to Adelaide next year, and looking at possible locations. One major consideration is that I am the only one who can drive, which means that my wife and kids will be at the mercy of public transport while I am at work.

    We've been looking at rentals in the Adelaide Hills and also Noarlunga/Aldinga areas. I know that Noarlunga has the tram, which looks good, but was wondering whether anyone out there has any experience of public transport further south, or in the hills?

    Thanks

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    Guest SA Great
    Hi

     

    We are thinking of moving to Adelaide next year, and looking at possible locations. One major consideration is that I am the only one who can drive, which means that my wife and kids will be at the mercy of public transport while I am at work.

     

    We've been looking at rentals in the Adelaide Hills and also Noarlunga/Aldinga areas. I know that Noarlunga has the tram, which looks good, but was wondering whether anyone out there has any experience of public transport further south, or in the hills?

     

    Thanks

    To be honest Adelaide is the land of the car and isn't widely known to be a good place for public transport. Noarlunga is the end of the train line (not the tram!!) and the trains are a good method of public transport. Belair/Blackwood is a good place to live in the hills which also has a train line. I live in Flagstaff Hill which is really nice but has no train and a bus every hour or so!!! Try to get somewhere on a train line or if you can afford it try Glenelg which has a great tram service. Hope this helps.

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    Hi

     

    We are thinking of moving to Adelaide next year, and looking at possible locations. One major consideration is that I am the only one who can drive, which means that my wife and kids will be at the mercy of public transport while I am at work.

     

    We've been looking at rentals in the Adelaide Hills and also Noarlunga/Aldinga areas. I know that Noarlunga has the tram, which looks good, but was wondering whether anyone out there has any experience of public transport further south, or in the hills?

     

    Thanks

     

    The train service to the city is great, but be aware that in Adelaide, public transport revolves around the city centre. You might live a 20 minute drive from where you work, but need to travel into the city and out again on public transport, turning the journey into an hour or more. This is not always strictly true, but can be so. Forget buses (always late, unreliable, don't turn up at all) and look for somewhere near the railway line or, as suggested, the tramline. Be aware that the trams have had very bad press this year for serious overcrowding and being so full half way to the city in the rush hour that people can't get on! And it's not like the London Underground, where there will be another one along any minute... In your case, I would advise a short-term rental (can get furnished ones for 3 months) until the non-driver's job is sorted, and base your longer-term plans around that. I can pass on details of someone who I have used for short-term furnished accommodation if you decide to take that route. PM me in case I'm not following this thread at that time.

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    Guest SA Great
    What about us young 'uns that rely on public transport.

     

    Or on a night out when you've had too many to drive?

    On Saturday nights they have buses which run till 4am from the city to many suburbs, a lot cheaper than taxis!!

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    Guest sarahsmartiepants

    Public transport is not good here! You can live in a sub with a train station, but you still have to get to the station! There are 2 buses an hour to Marion from where I live, they take at least 30 mins to grt there, to drive is under 10! The buses dont seem to travel across subs, they just go to the main place, ie Marion, where you have wait for the next bus. It can take my daughter over an hour to get to Ab Pk by bus from Hallett cove and that would be a 10-15 min car journey!

    In my opinion you have to be able to drive living here or you can become very isolated.

    sarah

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    Guest Bodie

    Hi. We had a similar problem as my husband didn't drive. We live in Hawthorndene in the hills. Our buses are okay but the train station in Blackwood is too far away to walk. If you do like the hills area, Glenalta (next to Belair) is a good area with a train station and the house prices are a bit cheaper than Blackwood and Belair. Unfortunately, as already said, Adelaide is very much a car city. My husband had not driven for twenty years and has always survived by public transport - he is now driving! Public transport aside, we love this area.

    Tracey

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    Guest neilrhian

    Hi Ben/Karen,

     

    We have been here for 18 months now and thought we would drop u a line, when we first moved here we looked at Aldinga and Noarlunga but felt it was too far from the city and Glenelg.

    We are just moving to a new house in Hallett Cove which gives you rental properties that are reasonably priced and has great links with transport to Brighton/Glenelg and the city and is also still close to the Marion shopping center.

    Hope this helps and good luck

    Neil/Rhian

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