Timed, metered parking predominates in the CBD and tourist areas like Salamanca and the waterfront. For longer-term parking, large CBD garages (clearly signposted) offer inexpensive rates, often with the first hour for free.
The big-boy rental firms (Avis, Budget, Thrifty et al) have airport desks. Cheaper local firms with city offices offer daily rental rates starting at around $30.
Metro Tasmania (13 22 01; www.metrotas.com.au) operates the local bus network, which is reliable but infrequent outside of business hours. The Metro Shop (8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri), inside the main post office on the corner of Elizabeth and Macquarie Sts, handles ticketing and enquiries. Most buses depart this section of Elizabeth St, or from nearby Franklin Sq.
One-way fares vary with distances (‘sections’) travelled (from $1.90 to $4.30). For $4.80 (or $12.80 per family), you can buy an unlimited-travel Day Rover ticket, valid after 9am Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Buy one-way tickets from the driver (exact change required) or ticket agents (newsagents and most post offices); day-passes are only available from ticket agents.
You’ll have no trouble hailing a cab in the busy, touristed areas. Fares are metered.
City Cabs (13 10 08)
Maxi-Taxi Services (6234 8061) Wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Taxi Combined Services (13 22 27)