Your Ultimate Guide on How to Travel Tasmania Without a Car

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We get it, renting a car to travel around Tasmania can be expensive and chew through a budget. So that’s why we’ve pulled together some handy tips to help you travel around Tasmania without a car. 

Travelling around Tasmania without a car, at a glance

If you want to travel around Tasmania without a car, you should first base yourself in either Hobart or Launceston (or both). Once you’re there you can catch buses or join a tour to travel around Tasmania. It’s worth noting that passenger trains or trams don’t exist in Tasmania and flights are generally too expensive. 

Travelling Tasmania on a bus

Buses are the best way to travel Tasmania without a car.  Metro Buses operate local bus routes in the main towns of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie – you can see their timetables here. Redline and Taslink are two bus companies that will take you out of town and between the main cities in Tasmania. 

There are also a couple of shuttle bus services that will also take you to Cradle Mountain and the historic site of Port Arthur. These shuttle buses will let you can visit the sights without a car.

Tasmanian tour companies

There are loads of local tour companies that will help you escape the cities and see the best of rural Tasmania without a car. A few tour companies you can check out include Tours Tasmania, Under Down Under or Jump Tours. These tour companies have a range of tours that can suit your schedule and fit your budget. 

Travelling Tasmania in a taxi, cab or uber

Don’t fret, if you’re in a city and just can’t be bothered walking up that hill you can always catch an Uber or taxi. However, there are big distances between cities so try to avoid catching cabs between towns or else you’ll end up paying big.

Travelling Tasmania without a car, means you’ll need to travel light

To help you out we’ve pulled together a list of lightweight, sturdy travel bags for your trip. Just click this link to see what great bags are on offer at the online store the Iconic. The store also has a huge range of clothes, shoe and accessories from around Australia – so if you’re a few new things before your trip then we definitely recommend checking it out (click here to go to the store).

Where to stay in Tasmania

You’re spoiled for choice with so many amazing places to stay in Tasmania! For high end luxury stays you can’t go past the exclusive Saffire Freycinet near Wineglass Bay, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (yep you guessed it, in Cradle Mountain) or the Mona Pavilions in Hobart. For something more exclusive you could stay on Picnic Island, your own private island just off the coast of the Freycinet Peninsula. If you in the mood to reconnect with nature without compromising on comfort, then you can check out one of the many glamping sites in Tasmania. Be sure to click here to see all the accomodation options this great state has to offer.


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