City of Adelaide

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Adelaide, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the South Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Adelaide's local resident workers use (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.

There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:

  • The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work;
  • The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver4,00531.764.43,25335.166.0+752
Car, as passenger4173.34.42963.24.6+121
Train1060.81.01131.21.9-7
Bus1,1979.53.88148.84.7+383
Ferry000.0000.0--
Tram2912.30.41731.90.4+118
Truck110.10.540.00.6+7
Motorbike/Motor scooter950.80.4560.60.5+39
Bicycle3582.80.93473.71.0+11
Taxi/Other1251.00.3330.40.2+92
Other - multiple methods880.70.61421.51.5-54
Walked only3,04024.02.52,49126.92.8+549
Worked at home1,63712.99.64354.74.4+1,202
Did not go to work1,2209.710.81,03711.210.7+183
Not stated510.40.5830.90.9-32
Total 12,641100.0100.09,277100.0100.0+3,364

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 1,594 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Adelaide, compared with 4,528 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide shows that 12.6% used public transport, while 35.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 5.3% and 69.6% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide and the South Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (31.7% compared to 64.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (24.0% compared to 2.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (9.5% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (12.9% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+1,202 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+752 resident workers)
  • Walked only (+549 resident workers)
  • Bus (+383 resident workers)

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