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Public transport in Australia

In a country which is as big as a continent, the distances are absolutely gigantic. You may spend many hours in transport during your trip to Australia. So you must choose the means of transport that best corresponds to your travel destinations.

Getting around cities

Just like the country itself, Australian cities are vast. Unless you are a die-hard walker, you will need a vehicle.

Taxis can be found easily and everywhere in town. All drivers use their meters. Of course, it is not the most economical method of transport but it is by far the most practical.

The bus is a cheap and easy way of getting about. In some cities you will have the alternative choice of the underground. Sydney even has a monorail which allows you to cross the city from above. Many cities have also ferries or water taxis.

In general, urban transport in Australia is not really cheap and the bill can be steep if you move around a lot. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to save by choosing the offer that suits you best among the many different travel card packages available.

The van is a very popular means of transport in Australia

Between two cities

Faced with the immensity of the country, Australia has developed excellent transport services. From east to the west, the country extends over more than 4000 kilometres. So you are likely to spend many long hours in transport during your trip to Australia.

If you choose to travel by coach, the transport time can be endless. It is a very popular means of transport and the most economic. The coaches are very comfortable and if you have enough time they are an ideal way to discover the country.

As for the train, there are two main lines: from the north to the south for 3000 kilometres and from east to west for over 4300 kilometres. For train enthusiasts only, because they are very slow and the travel time is endless. For example, it takes 65 hours to reach Perth from Sydney.

The best way to travel in Australia is without doubt the airplane. Faced with the immensity of the country, don't hesitate to fly as often as possible. There are many low-cost airlines - so shop around and compare prices. Even if it is not the most economical method of transportation, the time saved and the comfort are invaluable.

David Debrincat
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Updated 11 November 2015

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