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Getting There & Away

If you have time and transport, Coober Pedy is a nine-hour, 845km dash into the desert from Adelaide.

Regional Express flies most days between Adelaide and Coober Pedy (from $250, two hours).

Greyhound Australia buses depart the central bus station on a daily (overnight) service from Adelaide to Coober Pedy ($178, 11¼ hours).

Operated by Great Southern Rail, the Ghan train runs through Outback SA between Adelaide and Alice Springs, continuing on to Darwin. The closest stop to Coober Pedy is 42km northeast at Manguri: the Ghan's tour bus transfers guests into town.

Budget has cars, 4WDs and camping vehicles from around $80 per day.