Alice Springs is compact enough to get to most parts of town on foot, and you can reach quite a few of the closer attractions by bicycle.
The public bus service, Asbus (8952 5611), departs from outside the Yeperenye shopping centre on Hartley St. Buses run about every 1½ hours from 7.45am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 12.45pm on Saturday. The adult/child fare for all routes is $2.20/1.10. There are three routes of interest to travellers: 1 has a detour to the cultural precinct, 3 passes the School of the Air, and 4 passes many southern hotels and caravan parks along Gap Rd and Palm Circuit. The visitor information centre has free timetables.
The Alice Wanderer Centre Sightseeing (1800 722 111, 8952 2111; www.alicewanderer.com.au; adult/child $38/30; 9am-4pm) bus does a loop around the major sights, including the old telegraph station, the School of the Air, the Old Ghan Museum and the Cultural Precinct. You can get on and off wherever you like. It runs every 70 minutes from opposite the visitor information centre on Gregory Tce, and you can arrange to be picked up from your accommodation. The Wanderer also does Larapinta Trail transfers; see its website for details.
Taxis congregate near the visitors centre. To book one, call 13 10 08 or 8952 1877.