Public Transport

To avoid the traffic on Pageant Day, take advantage of public transport!


Free City Connector Bus


Take advantage of the free City Connector bus, offering a hop-on and hop-off service to the City and North Adelaide linking popular city attractions, shopping, dining and key destinations. Bus route 98A and 98C connect North Adelaide with the city, and 99A and 99C connect the inner-city areas not serviced by the tram. Services operate every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.

For timetables, route details and real-time information visit


Adelaide Metro will provide extra buses, trains and trams to get you to and from this year’s Christmas Pageant.

Please be aware that many road closures and public transport detours will be in place.

On this page you can find information on:

Tickets and fares

Normal Adelaide Metro fares will apply for all services and customers are encouraged to pre-purchase their metroCARD or tickets to avoid boarding delays on the day.

Daytrip ticket is recommended for families attending the pageant with children – on weekends two children under 15 years of age can travel free when accompanied by an adult using a Daytrip ticket and children under 5 travel free at all times.

If you travel with a pram or stroller, it is appreciated if you could fold it down prior to boarding for the safety and convenience of all passengers.

Tram services

To accommodate road closures along the Pageant route, tram services will be altered:

  • Tram services from the Entertainment Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital will terminate at the Adelaide Railway Station from first service until approximately 1.20pm.
  • Tram services from Glenelg will terminate at the South Terrace stop from first service until approximately 1pm.
  • Tram services will not run between the Adelaide Railway Station and Botanic Gardens (with the Botanic Gardens, University and Art Gallery tram stops closed) from first service until approximately 1.20pm.
  • The Festival Plaza tram stop will be closed from first service until approximately 1pm.
  • Normal weekend timetables will operate from approximately 2pm.

Trams will operate at the following times:

Before the pageant

  • Glenelg to South Terrace
    • 6.20am to 1.20pm - every 6 minutes
  • Entertainment Centre to Adelaide Railway Station
    • 6.30am to 1.12pm - every 6 minutes

After the pageant

  • The first tram to run from Entertainment Centre to Glenelg will be at 1.23pm, arriving at Adelaide Railway Station at 1.35pm and Glenelg at 2.15pm.
  • The first tram will run from Glenelg at 1.02pm, arriving at Adelaide Railway Station at 1.43pm and Entertainment Centre at 1.55pm.
  • The Botanic Gardens line will commence operation from the Entertainment Centre at 1.21pm, departing Adelaide Railway Station at 1.33pm.
  • The first tram to Festival Plaza will depart Glenelg at 1.07pm.
  • Normal weekend timetables will operate from approximately 2pm.

Timetables for additional tram services:

Train services

Additional trains will be operating to get you to and from the pageant!

Timetables for additional train services:

Bus services

Additional bus services will be available to get you to the Pageant from across the Adelaide Metro network.

View the additional bus services information (PDF 1.07MB)

Bus stop closures

Extensive road closures will be in place from first bus until approximately 1.00pm.

View the full list of closed bus stops and alternative stop locations (PDF 213kB)

Bus detours

A number of bus detours will be in place around the city during the Pageant.

City Connector services

O-Bahn services

Outer North services

Outer South services

Hills services

East-West and North-South services


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