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How to visit Adelaide on a budget

Heading off on an Australian adventure doesn't have to mean emptying the piggy bank. There are plenty of great deals on flights and accommodation in and around Adelaide and the wider regions, and with these tips and tricks it's easier than ever to find them.

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When is the cheapest time to visit Adelaide?

May is the cheapest month to visit Adelaide, with flight prices sitting around 22% lower than average*. This is the tail-end of autumn, but it’s never too chilly. Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate so temperatures can get as high as 19°C. As it’s shoulder season you avoid the summertime crowds, so hotel prices are likely to be lower too.

Other autumnal months March (-12%)*, April (-13%)* and June (-14%)* are also more than 10% cheaper than average.

That said, if you’re looking to visit in March, it’s best to book Adelaide city accommodation well in advance. This is festival season and the city gets busy with the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and Adelaide Festival. It’s a great time to be there as so many eclectic events – including theatre, stand-up comedy and live music – take place across town. The atmosphere is incredible.

If you’re trying to save money, avoid visiting in December – this is the height of summer and flight prices are 36% higher than normal. If you want to spend Christmas down under it’s worth flying in a month or so early, or within the first weeks of December – November is 9% cheaper than average*.

How can I find the cheapest hotels in Adelaide?

Adelaide has been awarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world. As well as its green credentials and lush parklands, it is considerably cheaper than other Australian cities.

That said, accommodation is likely to be your biggest expense, but did you know you can compare hotels as well as flights using Skyscanner? Head to our hotel search page, type in where you want to go and when, and we’ll show you the best hotels in Adelaide.

– Use the ‘price’ filter to set your budget

– Sort based on ‘price (low to high)’ to see the cheapest places to stay in Adelaide

– Book your flight first. If you book through Skyscanner, you’ll get an exclusive ‘Fly, Stay, Save’discount

We’ve put together a quick round-up of some of Adelaide’s best-value hotels to help you see what’s out there – and potentially find a bargain. Remember that these prices are an average, and can go up and down due to seasonal demand.

Adelaide hotels for under £50 per night**

Hotel Metropolitan – 3 star – from £33 per night

This ‘pub with rooms’ is a real Adelaide icon, and has been serving up beers and beds since 1883. The accommodation is basic, with shared bathrooms, but it’s seriously cheap and gives you the chance to enjoy a slice of history above one of Adelaide’s most buzzing pubs.

Adabco Boutique Hotel – 4 star – from £46 per night

Just 15 minutes walk from Adelaide Central Market on a leafy street, the Adabco Boutique Hotel is a home-away-from home. There are outdoor terraces to relax on, and two communal kitchens if you want to whip up your own meal using delicious South Australian produce.

Ibis Adelaide – 4 star – from £50 per night

This contemporary high rise hotel in the CBD has all the little amenities you’d expect from a chain hotel and is Ibis’ signature hotel in Australia. You can keep up your exercise regime in the on-site gym and enjoy a daily continental breakfast buffet.

Adelaide hotels for under £75 per night

Mercure Grosvener Hotel – 4 star – from £59 per night

Inside a gorgeous neoclassical building, this four-star hotel combines history and modernity. It has a central location, just minutes from Adelaide’s iconic Oval and picturesque River Torrens. Grab a coffee or cocktail in the on-site Federal Bar has and enjoy the views over North Terrace.

Oaks Horizons Adelaide – 4 star – from £69 per night

Every room in this apartment hotel has its own balcony with views across the city. There’s an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, ideal if you want to keep up your fitness routine during your time in town.

Pullman Adelaide – 5 stars – from £73 per night

This luxury hotel overlooks Hindmarsh Square in the bustling East end of Adelaide. When you’re not exploring the city you can enjoy dinner on the terrace of the Salt restaurant and bar, swim some laps in the indoor pool or lounge around in the hot tub and sauna.

Adelaide hotels for under £100 per night

Stamford Plaza Adelaide – 5 star – from £75 per night

This luxurious hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, three restaurants and an on-site cocktail lounge. The rooms have views across the city centre and the historic parklands. Rooms come with bathrobes too, ideal for slipping into after a long day out and about.

Hilton Adelaide – 5 star – from £77 per night

This modern high rise hotel has lots of little luxuries, including a 1920’s-themed cocktail bar and an outdoor swimming pool. Plus it has a super central location overlooking Victoria Square and is close to Adelaide Central Market. Another bonus – trams leaving from the stop out front will take you directly to the white sandy beaches at Glenelg.

The Franklin Boutique Hotel – 4 star – from £84 per night

This stylish hotel is set inside a 19th Century building with a wraparound balcony. Some of the rooms have stained glass windows. Colourful shabby-chic decor adds a trendy feel.

How to find cheap flights to Adelaide

Good news, spontaneous travellers – we’ve crunched the numbers and you’ll find the cheapest flights from London to Adelaide 4 weeks before you’re planning to travel! We’ve written about the best Adelaide flight deals already, so be sure to check it out for tips and tricks on booking your next flight.

Saving money on hotels, flights and car hire gives you more money to spend on your South Australian adventure. Treat yourself to an extra wine tasting at one of Barossa Valley’s cellar doors, hire a car and enjoy a long weekend on Kangaroo Island, or enjoy a variety of aquatic adventures and some of Australia’s finest seafood on the Eyre Peninsula.


*Flight price data sourced from the Skyscanner Best Time to Book tool. Data is based on two years’ worth of historic Skyscanner flight booking data from 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2017. Price data is based on return economy adult fares. Whilst we can’t predict the factors that may impact flight prices in 2020, we have looked at a wealth of data to enable us to identify clear patterns that we would expect to be replicated in future years. These results should be considered as a guide for travellers and whilst we have identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest.

** Hotel prices sourced using Skyscanner’s hotel search tools. Room rates are subject to market forces and may rise or fall depending on supply and demand. Prices mentioned were correct as of 30th August 2019.