How to Get Around Between Cities in Australia

Many people head to Australia intending to visit several of its major cities but fail to realize that Australia is a very big place, and the distance between cities is large. As such if you plan to visit several cities in Australia, you should plan ahead and figure out how you intend to get around between them.

Depending on your preference, you could choose to:

  • Travel by plane

Because of how far apart Australia’s cities tend to be, flying is arguably the best way to travel between them (and certainly the fastest). That being said flying can be a bit expensive, though if you book early you’ll find the rates are significantly lower.

  • Travel by train

Although certainly not fast, traveling by train is affordable and will offer you the chance to take in scenic views during your trip. There are several lines that connect major cities, so you should decide where you intend to visit in advance and plan accordingly.

  • Travel by coach or bus

Most major cities have several long distance coach services that run between them and these tend to be comfortable and fairly affordable. Some operators even provide more flexible passes that will let you hop on any coach and travel for a fixed distance based on the pass that you purchase.

  • Renting a car or campervan

If you’d prefer to be able to travel on your own schedule, renting a car or campervan is probably your best bet. Not only will it help you to travel from city to city, but it will also mean that you don’t need to rely on public transport as much within the cities that you visit. Depending on the class of vehicle you want to rent, it may set you back quite a bit – but it generally isn’t that bad if you’re splitting the cost among a group.

Essentially those are the options that you can choose between. As you can see it really is a question of how much time you have, your budget, and personal preference. The one thing that is certain however is it would help to take it into account when you’re planning your trip. Also you may want to find out whether you’ll require an Australian ETA visa or eVisitor pass – so that you can prepare accordingly and get the right type before your trip to Australia.