Multi-level Car Park FAQ

What are the features of the new car park?

Adelaide Airport’s new car park has several advantages over the old short term car park.

  • It is more than double the size of the old car park.
  • Walking between the car park and the terminal will be completely undercover, with a new link bridge and two undercover walkways at ground level connecting the car park to the terminal.
  • Pedestrians will not need to cross vehicle traffic between the car park and the terminal.
  • It features a state-of-the-art parking guidance system to make it easier to find a parking space.
  • Parking spaces will, on average, be closer to the front of the terminal than in the old car park.
  • Customers can pay as they exit using their credit card, rather than waiting to use one of the pay machines.

How big is the new car park?

The new car park will provide short term parking for more than 2,050 vehicles, of which approximately 1,650 are for public parking and the remainder for rental vehicles.

How much bigger is the new car park compared with the old one?

The new car park is more than double the size of the old short-term car park, providing capacity to cater for vehicle traffic for the foreseeable future.

How does the new parking guidance system work?

When you enter the car park, you’ll notice either a red or green light above parking spaces.  Green means a space is available, red means spaces are occupied.  These lights will be clearly visible from a distance on each level of the car park, so you’ll easily be able to locate the nearest free space.

In addition, a blue light signifies the location of parking spaces for vehicles displaying a disability parking permit.

There are also displays on each level indicating the number of free parking spaces.

What are the opening hours of the new car park?

The car park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  If you need any assistance, you can talk to a staff member at the ticketing booth, or contact our friendly Customer Service staff via the intercom button at any pay station, entry station or exit station.

Are there covered walkways between the car park and T1?

Yes.  Two covered walkways and a link bridge connect the car park with T1. There will be no roads between the car park and T1, which means safe, pedestrian-friendly access.

Have sites for persons with disabilities been included?

Yes.  A total of 24 dedicated car parks (6 on each level) for vehicles displaying a disability parking permit are located immediately adjacent to the lifts. Blue parking guidance lights signify the location of parking spaces.

Will there be dedicated parking for people with prams?

There are no dedicated pram parking bays.  However, the parking bays and internal road ways have been designed to be more generous than normal to make it easier to load and unload prams, suitcases and other luggage.  The close proximity of the multi-level car park will mean you will have a relatively short walk either to the nearest elevator or from the car park to the terminal.

Will you have bicycle parking?

Yes.  Bicycle racks will be provided as part of the pedestrian plaza and bus area development.

How do I get to the new car park?

Access to the new car park will be clearly signposted once you enter the airport. Instead of turning left before the first main roundabout, you will continue straight ahead through the main roundabout via Sir Richard Williams Avenue.

Where are the passenger pick-up and drop-off points located?

The passenger pick-up and drop off points are located on the ground level of the new car park directly adjacent the soon-to-be-completed pedestrian plaza, and a short distance from the entrance to T1. Follow the signage as you enter the airport.  All pick-up and drop-off points are undercover. Customers with limited mobility or disabilities can drop-off closer to the terminal at a point adjacent to the Qantas Valet, at the southern end of the terminal. Please click here for a map of the new access route.

How far will I need to walk from the new car park to T1?

The front of the new car park is approximately 50 metres from the front of T1. While the closest parking bays will be a little bit further from the front door of T1 than previously, parking in the new car park will on average be closer than the old car park.  You will also be able to walk to the terminal completely undercover and without having to cross any vehicle traffic.

Do I need to allow more time to find a park in the new car park?

No.  We believe the new car park is more efficient and easier to navigate through the use of advanced parking guidance systems.  This will make it easier to enter the car park, find a parking space and get to the terminal via the undercover walkways.

Why will the pick-up and drop-off points be relocated away from the T1 entrance?

We’re planning for the long term future of Adelaide Airport by allowing room for further expansion of the terminal building and improved security outcomes. We’ve also created a pedestrian-friendly zone between the car park and the terminal by removing all vehicle traffic.

How much will it cost to use the new car park?

We remain one of the cheapest capital city airports in which to park in Australia, and our tariffs are comparable with parking in Adelaide’s CBD. Click here for parking prices.

Where are the pay machines located?

Automated pay machines are located outside the ground floor lift face and within the lift lobbies on each level.

Where can I catch a taxi?

Taxis will continue to pick up passengers out the front of T1 until September. The taxi rank will then relocate directly to the left hand side of the new pedestrian plaza as you leave the terminal.  Covered walkways will be provided between T1 and the taxi rank.

Where can I catch an airport shuttle bus to the city?

Shuttle buses operating between the airport and Adelaide’s CBD and metropolitan area will continue to pick up passengers outside Qantas Valet/Group Check-In (past the domestic baggage carousels) until September.  The pick-up point will then relocate directly to the left hand side of the new pedestrian plaza as you leave the terminal.  Covered walkways will be provided between T1 and the pick-up point.

Where do I pick up my hire/rental car?

Rental cars have moved to the new car park on the ground level.  Your car rental company will be able to point you in the right direction when you pick up the keys.

Where is the limousine/hire car pick up point?

Limousines / hire cars will continue to park opposite Terminal T1A (the old international terminal building used for Rex arrivals) until September.  They will then relocate to the left hand side of the new pedestrian plaza as you leave the terminal to a purpose-built dedicated area alongside the taxi rank.

Where do private or chartered buses and mini-buses park?

Private or chartered buses and mini-buses can continue to park opposite Terminal T1A (the old international terminal building used for Rex arrivals) until September.  They will then relocate to the left hand side of the new pedestrian plaza as you leave the terminal to a purpose-built dedicated bus parking area alongside the taxi rank.

Where do I go for Qantas Valet parking?

Qantas Valet parking will remain in its current location, and you can continue to access Qantas Valet via the road directly in front of the terminal (Andy Thomas Circuit) until September.  After that date, access to Qantas Valet will be via James Schofield Drive and the Western Link Road.  This will be well signposted, and directions will also be provided when you book your valet parking.

Will public transport buses such as J1, J2 and J7 still pick up on the top of the ramp (Level 2)?

The Public Transport bus system will pick up from the ground level immediately in front of the terminal (adjacent the baggage carousels) until September.  New bus stops will then be introduced alongside the new bus parking area, and will have undercover sheltered walkways and waiting areas.

Does the new car park include long term parking?

There are no dedicated long term parking bays in the new car park.  While you are welcome to park in the short term car park as long as you need, the cheaper option for extended stays remains the long term car park, which is located to the west of the new car park.

What sustainability measures have been incorporated into the new car park?

The new car park utilises state-of-the art energy efficient lighting systems and a computerised building management system to ensure that any resources are used as efficiently as possible. Rainwater will be harvested from the car park roof and used in the toilets in the airport terminal and for the irrigation of its garden beds, which helps to reduce the airport’s reliance on Adelaide’s water supply. The car park design incorporates wide aisle widths and fast up ramps supported by an electronic parking guidance system to reduce emissions from circulating vehicles.

Will you be improving or building a new long term car park?

The long term car park will remain in its current location, to the west of T1. We have expanded the long term car park by providing an additional 400 parking spaces since it opened in 2006 – taking the total number of spaces to 1150 - and we will be looking at further expansion options.

Will there be improved security measures in the new car park?

The new car park has improved lighting and greater visibility to help ensure a safe and secure environment. Duress alarms are located on each level of the car park, and an intercom system is located at every pay station. CCTV technology will also allow continuous monitoring of the car park.

Do you provide on-line pre-booked parking?

Online pre-booked discount parking is being developed and will shortly be offered to customers.  Check the Adelaide Airport website for updates on this new initiative.

What will happen to the old short term car park?

A large part of the former short term car park will form part of the new pedestrian plaza, to be completed in late 2012.  We also have plans to build a hotel and other commercial facilities on the site. 

Quick Links