Getting around Tasmania
With great public transport links, quality roads and short travelling times, Tasmania is an easy place to both commute and explore.
Buses are a great way to get around Tasmania. As a student, you may also be eligible for a discount on your ticket. Tasmania has an excellent and affordable bus service including Metro, in the large cities that will easily get you from home to campus.
Here are some tips from Metro on how to download the Metro app, purchase tickets/Metro Greencard, and catch a Metro bus.
Hobart also has a ferry service running in peak times in the morning and evening, that connects the eastern suburbs and the city by crossing the River Derwent. The service is currently free for Metro Greencard holders and takes only 15 minutes for a one-way trip.
You can also use rideshare services including taxis, Uber and Ola.
To visit Tasmanian destinations outside of the major cities, local coach service will be the best way to get around. There are many services that travel around the state. Some services to try when traveling between Hobart and Launceston and around the state are:
Find more about public transport options in Tasmania visit the Tasmanian Government transport website.
Walk or ride
With smaller city centres and less traffic than other Australian cities, you can also enjoy walking or riding bikes to campus or work. It is a great way to get some exercise and breathe some of the world’s cleanest air. Just remember that we ride and drive on the left-hand side of the road in Australia.
You can drive in Tasmania if you have a driving valid license from your home country. You must carry your physical license while driving a car.
For further information on coming to Tasmania with an overseas licence or how to obtain a local license see the Tasmanian transport website.
Accessing Tasmania by plane
As an island state of Australia, Tasmania is serviced by commercial airlines, with regular daily flights coming to the island. This is mainly through the key airports of Hobart and Launceston. There are direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, and the Perth, which easily connect you to international routes.
The following airlines fly to Tasmania:
Accessing Tasmania by boat
Spirit of Tasmania
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries travel daily from Devonport to Melbourne and each carries over 1400 passengers. This option allows passengers to bring their cars. The journey usually takes nine hours. More information and prices are available on their website.