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 several Greencard agents as well as the Metro Shop on Elizabeth Street in Hobart. Once you have the Greencard, you'll receive a discount to your bus fares and a daily cap, which will be automatically applied when you travel.
Fares vary depending on the distance, but most trips within the city cost only a few dollars. 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 the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Use the Hobart Network guide to plan your route.
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 or a 48-hour City Loop ticket, both of which include Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point, Cascade Brewery, Female Factory, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The City Loop + Mt Wellington ticket allows you to visit the summit of Hobart’s majestic mountain on a separate two-hour tour.
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 the undercover ferries sail in rain, hail or shine.
In Australia, airlines, trains, buses and ferries have accessible options for people using a wheelchair or mobility device. Hobart Airport provides special assistance for people with disabilities and can help with baggage, getting around the airport, and getting on and off the plane.