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Adelaide city buildings and pond at sunset, Australia

Compare the best Adelaide flights

Whether it's a holiday, a road trip, a family visit, or you simply want to get your lips around a glass of South Australia's finest wines, flights to Adelaide should be booked as soon as possible to get the best prices.

Why go?

Find the cheapest flights to Adelaide when you shop around and compare deals on TravelSupermarket.

Australia's fifth largest city and the capital of South Australia, Adelaide is often overlooked for the culture of Melbourne, the showy landmarks of Sydney, and the sun-soaked coastline around Brisbane. This classy little dame of a destination, however, has a lot to offer.

Adelaide is a neatly laid-out riverside city where trendy cafés and lively music bars continue to thrive. The locals are mad for sports and the great outdoors, and everyone appreciates the delicious vintages that pour out of nearby Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. So pitch up at a match, take a hike in the Mount Lofty Ranges, or journey towards wine nirvana with a pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills.

Don't overlook the beaches near Adelaide either. The city suburb of Glenelg is the place to catch a little surf action or fun on the sands. The astounding Fleurieu Peninsula, which is less than an hour from central Adelaide, wins hearts thanks to mile upon mile of unspoilt nature.

How to get there?

Despite Adelaide being a major city in Australia, there are no direct flights from the UK. This means you'll need to catch a connecting flight to complete your journey.

Flights arrive at Adelaide Airport (ADL). The journey time from the UK is around 22 hours, with many flights now having one-stop connections. The best connections are with Qantas and Emirates which now work together on the UK to Australia route with departures via Dubai. This allows you to depart directly from the UK capital, or from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow without having to connect in London. Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific also have one-stop connections from London and Manchester. British Airways and Malaysian offer one-stop flights from London Heathrow.

In addition, there are a further group of airlines with longer flying times and two or more connections and often these can work out slightly cheaper.

Cheap flights to Adelaide can be found throughout the year, though prices can be more competitive in the cooler months between April and September. February and March see warm days and lots of annual events, making it one of the busiest periods for tourism in Adelaide. 

Getting to and from the airport

It's a doddle to travel between the airport and the city of Adelaide. Read on to discover your options.

The public JetBus service runs frequently between the airport, the centre of Adelaide, and the beachside suburb of Glenelg. It's a cheap way to transfer between airport and hotel.

The Adelaide Airport Flyer is a door-to-door minibus service, though reservations must be made in advance.

A concierge summons taxis for passengers fresh off a long flight. Prices are reasonable and it should take no more than 15 minutes to reach either central Adelaide or Glenelg.

If you are staying further from the city or plan to do a lot of regional sightseeing, or even if you plan to begin your Australian road trip in Adelaide, car hire is good value and driving here is straightforward. You can collect your rental vehicle at the airport when you book car hire in Adelaide with TravelSupermarket.

Where to stay?

City casuals, hiking gear or bright board shorts? The accommodation options in Adelaide are as varied as the daywear. Do you want a thrilling city break or a night under the stars amid the vast natural landscape? You will find a hotel to suit your budget.

Stay in the small Central Business District (CBD) of Adelaide if you wish to be central to the attractions and have good eateries and friendly bars within strolling distance. If nightlife is more of a priority, look for a hotel in the East End. Both areas have a good range of hotels, from budget rooms to luxury hotels.

The suburbs, especially those around North Adelaide, are home to B&Bs and boutique hotels that sit amid quiet surroundings. Many of these lodgings are in elegant house conversions and present a real look at Aussie life, as well as good rates.

Glenelg is the buzzing suburb by the sea. While the palm trees, pale sands and bohemian atmosphere transport you to another world, it takes only minutes to reach the city centre on the tram.

Further north, in the wine regions of South Australia, you can check in at country houses and valley retreats in rural areas, while the state's towns present a good selection of all kinds of hotels.

When your flight to Adelaide is booked you can compare hotel deals by using the search tool on TravelSupermarket. It'll be no time at all before you're saying “g'day” to this friendly part of Australia.