Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal
Oliver Rogers Road,
Outer Harbor SA 5018, Australia
Cruise ships are visiting Adelaide and South Australia more often than ever. The almost half-century-old terminal building has received some welcome enhancements in recent years including the foyer area, escalators, outer stairs and lifts. Port Adelaide accounts for about half of all port visits in the State. Cruise lines that use the port include Cunard, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
It is possible to get to Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal by private car, taxi, Uber or train.
Adelaide is an easy city to navigate, despite its sprawl. By car or taxi, the cruise terminal is a fairly straight 24km drive northwest down Port Road (A7) through Port Adelaide and onto Oliver Rogers Road (A16) directly to the terminal. There is usually ample parking, even on departure days.
There are options in case of traffic congestion, but the most direct route is directly north via Tapleys Hill Road (A15) to the A7, then A16 as above. Travel time should be less than half an hour to cover the 22km drive.
If a family member or friend is not able to take you to the terminal and a taxi or Uber does not appeal, Hughes Limousines is a trusted national brand for private transfers.
The preferred public transport option for the cruise terminal is via the metropolitan train network. If you are coming from one of Adelaide's suburbs served by the rail network, you can change at the historic railway station on North Terrace. The train stops just 200m from the terminal itself at Outer Harbor Railway Station and access is via a purpose-built walkway. It may be more economical to take a large cab if you are travelling in a group of four or more.
There are no direct public bus links to the cruise terminal. Your cruise line may (or may not) provide its own coach transfer from the city centre or airport, so check with them first.
A taxi from the city takes about half an hour and is about the same distance as from the airport -- about 23km. Expect the fare to be about \$60.
Rental Cars Near Cruise Port
There are no rental car facilities at the port. Unless you can arrange for your rental car supplier to deliver the car to the terminal, your nearest depot would be Adelaide Airport, 23km to the south.
Remote secure off-site parking is provided by a private contractor that could be useful for passengers driving themselves from out of town. A shuttle to the terminal is also provided. Contact Andrew's Airport Parking +61(0)8 8340 5200.
Alternatively, there is a 15-minute drop-off zone next to the terminal and unsecured parking outside the terminal precinct in the adjacent parkland at your own risk.
There are no dedicated porters other than the baggage handlers employed by the terminal. You will need to drop your luggage at the terminal (if arriving by car or taxi) and the handlers will be right there. If arriving by train, you'll need to drag your bags 200m to the terminal.
There are no special considerations for timings at Adelaide. The process is comparatively relaxed compared to the world's busiest ports, so if you arrive at least two hours before your departure -- or if you are advised differently by your cruise line -- you should be fine. If you arrive early, there is limited seating so you may be standing around for a long time.
A service is available for disabled guests. The port asks that you contact them directly on +61 (0)8 8447 0600 at least 48 hours before your voyage. A dedicated vehicle space is available for drop-off/pick-up.
Retail space in the cruise terminal is dominated by souvenir sellers. The coffee shop offers typical light meal selections and snacks only. Otherwise you may be able to get essentials such as toiletries, sunscreen, hats, batteries and T-shirts, but not much else.
Because the terminal is quite remote, there is no easy access to supermarkets or larger retail facilities, so the nearest proper shopping is at Port Adelaide, about 5km away. Best you make time to stop there on your way to the terminal rather than have to dash back.
There are restrooms in the main terminal complex near the small retail space. Once you're past security, your next loo is onboard the ship.
Free WiFi is provided in the terminal building.
There is no formal luggage storage facility at the terminal.
The main public space for passengers is on the first floor, up an escalator, where you will go after your luggage is taken by the handlers on the ground level.There is limited seating for about 200 people in a small sitting area. It’s best not to plan on getting in early and waiting in the terminal.
Because the passenger terminal is not in use every day, many of the facilities are temporary. These include external security and the information counter inside the building, where you can pick up a range of brochures and free guidebooks. Volunteer guides are frequently on duty, especially on the busiest days, and experience has shown these enthusiastic locals are a great source of practical information. You will see them wearing easy-to-spot uniforms.
Our recommendation is to use the rail link where practical. Adelaide traffic is not as bad as many cities but bottlenecks can occur on the main roads leading to the terminal on weekdays at peak times. The train will allow you to more accurately calculate your travel times to and from the terminal.
Updated December 21, 2019