Transport infrastructure in Tasmania

Given its size, Tasmania is well supplied with transport infrastructure. The Tasmanian government body overseeing and regulating Tasmania’s transport system is part of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. The transport division regulates all aspects of Tasmania’s transport system.

Airports in Tasmania

Major airports in Tasmania:

  • Hobart International Airport

    Hobart Airport, located 17 kilometres from the Hobart city centre. hobart is one of the few cities in Australia to enjoy curfew-free air services.

  • Launceston Airport

    Domestic and regional passenger flights operate from Launceston Airport with connections to international services just 45 minutes flying time from launceston through Melbourne Airport. Direct flights are available to Brisbane by Jetstar and to Sydney by either Virgin Blue or Jetstar.

  • Burnie Airport

    The Burnie/Wynyard airport (often called Burnie airport) is close to Wynyard and is the nearest Tasmanian facility to a major Australian mainland airport (Melbourne). Almost 2,000 passengers per week use Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services provided by Regional Express (REX) and Tasair, connecting burnie with Melbourne, Hobart and King Island.

  • Devonport Airport

    Devonport Airport is eight kilometres from devonport city centre and currently has daily return flights to Melbourne operated by Qantaslink. Intrastate operator Tasair provides well-patronised passenger and freight services to King Island.

Minor airports in Tasmania:

Public transport services in Tasmania

  • Bus services in Tasmania

    metro tasmania pty ltd is a Tasmanian government-owned company which trades as Metro and operates bus services in Hobart and surrounding areas, as well as in Launceston and Burnie. Metro is the largest passenger transport company in Tasmania.

    See Metro-related news story.

  • Coach services in Tasmania

    tassielink coaches runs a comprehensive point to point coach network throughout Tasmania. Tassielink offers single and same day return fares.

    redline coaches five-star coach passenger and freight services covering the north coast of Tasmania, the east coast of Tasmania and Hobart.

  • Rail services in Tasmania

    The Tasmanian rail network is a freight system and there are no regular passenger services other than small tourist railways. The Tasmanian rail network connects all major ports, cities and certain major resource areas.

    See related news item.

  • Taxi services in Tasmania

    Efficient taxi services operate in Tasmanian cities and major towns. As a guide to prices, the flag fall is around $3.00 with trips charged at around $1.60 per kilometre. Check these fares if they are important to you, as they may change without our being notified.

  • Ferry services to Tasmania
    • The spirit of tasmania sails across Bass Strait between Melbourne and devonport daily in both directions, with additional services in peak periods and a six-day a week service in low season.
    • bruny island ferry runs a double-decker vehicular ferry service, with crossings approximately eight times a day, between kettering and north Bruny Island. The crossing takes 15 minutes and is drive-on drive-off. There are no bookings. Line up and take your turn. There is a sit-down cafe on the Kettering side and a refreshment kiosk on the Bruny Island side.
    • southern shipping co is a sea freight and passenger service with weekly sailings between bridport on the north-east coast of Tasmania and flinders island, fortnightly sailings to Cape Barren Island and weekly sailings to Port Welshpool, Victoria.

Shipping ports in Tasmania

  • Tasports

    Owned by the Tasmanian government, Tasports is responsible for the operations and management of all ports in Tasmania. The company oversees operations of Tasmania’s four major ports at hobart, launceston, devonport and burnie.

    About 99% of Tasmania’s import and export trade passes through the State’s seaports. Freight movements are expected to double in the next 15 years.

The Spirit of Tasmania
The Spirit of Tasmania operates a regular ferry service between Melbourne in Victoria and Devonport, on the north-west coast of Tasmania.