Your guide to getting around Hobart quick and easy.
By Ashlea Wheeler
While Hobart is smaller than most of Australia’s major cities, it still has plenty of transport options for visitors including buses, driving, and walking. This practical information on getting around Hobart will make moving around the city very simple.
To use the public bus network in Hobart, you can purchase a Metro Greencard or buy single tickets on board. The Greencard costs $25 (which includes a $5 deposit and $20 of credit) and is available from the Metro Shop or the Mall Newsagency on Elizabeth Street. Once you have the Greencard, a 20% discount to your bus fares and a daily cap of $9.40 on weekdays or $4.70 on weekends will be automatically applied when you travel.
For trips within the city, fares should be between $2.70 - $4.70 per ride. To start your ride, tap your card on the driver’s ticket machine when you board and make the driver aware of your destination.
Most buses in the Metro network will depart from Elizabeth Street (between Macquarie and Collins Streets) or Franklin Square. Some useful routes are the 446 bus to South Hobart to visit the Cascade Brewery and Female Factory, or the X20 express bus to MONA.
The Red Decker hop-on, hop-off bus is another great way to see Hobart’s city attractions. You can purchase a 24 hour City Loop ticket for $35 or a 48 hour City Loop ticket for $40, both of which include Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point, Cascade Brewery, Female Factory, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The City Loop + Mt Wellington ticket is $65 and allows you to visit the summit of Hobart’s majestic mountain on a separate two hour tour.
The Hobart Airporter shuttle bus is an easy way to get to Hobart Airport from the city. Tickets are $20 one way or $35 return for adults. The bus collects passengers from most hotels in Hobart, and the timetable meets all flights arriving and departing from Hobart Airport.
If you’re planning on seeing the wild and wacky art at MONA, there is a private ferry that will take you from Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s waterfront to the art museum in Claremont. The journey takes 25 minutes and costs $22 return for a standard ticket.
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