Here's a handy guide to getting around Perth quick and easy.
Perth is an easy city to get around. The metropolitan area has a great range of options for public transport, driving, and walking. This practical information on Perth’s public transport system will make moving around the city very simple.
To use public transport including buses, trains, and ferries in Perth, recommended purchasing a Transperth Smartrider card for a $10 deposit at Transperth InfoCentres. Or from convenience stores, newsagents, and at some bus and train stations throughout the city. Once purchased, a 10% discount to fares and a daily cap of $12.60 will be automatically applied when travelling.
Initially the Smartrider card with need to be loaded with money (there is a $10 minimum) to cover fares. For travel within the city, fares should be between $2.80 - $4.70 per ride. To start a ride, tap the card on the card reader when boarding the selected mode of transport and be sure to tap off when disembarking.
Perth’s rail network is a great way to visit attractions across the city and reach the surrounding suburbs. Within the city centre, there is a free transit zone for trains travelling in the area between City West, Elizabeth Quay, and Claisebrook stations. To take advantage of the free fares, a Smartrider card must be used. Within the free transit zone, reach attractions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, and destinations such as Northbridge.
From major stations in the city including Perth Station and Elizabeth Quay Station, catch a train to reach destinations such as Fremantle and Cottesloe Beach.
Perth has free bus services in the city centre and in Fremantle. There are multiple bus loops which depart every 5-15 minutes between 6am and 7pm most days. These buses are particularly useful for travel between Perth or Fremantle’s downtown hotels and attractions.
Public bus services head from Perth Busport or Elizabeth Street Bus Station to attractions further out of the city centre. Catch the 935 bus to reach Kings Park & Botanic Garden, or the 30/31 bus to get to Perth Zoo. These services run every 10-15 minutes throughout the day.
The Perth Explorer hop-on, hop-off bus is another great way to see Perth’s attractions. A one day ticket cost $35, or get a 2 day ticket for $40. The bus stops by popular attractions such as Perth Cultural Centre and Perth Stadium. Tickets can also be purchased for day tours outside of the city, visiting the incredible rock formations of The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, or destinations like Margaret River.
With a Smartrider card, catch a public ferry across the Swan River. From Elizabeth Quay Jetty, a ferry departs for Mends Street Jetty every 15-30 minutes between 6:30am and 11:30pm. This is a great way to access Perth Zoo.
It’s easy to access Rottnest Island via a private ferry. From Perth, catch the Rottnest Express from Barrack Street ferry terminal which has one daily departure and costs $81 return. From Fremantle, the Rottnest Express has 6 daily departures and the SeaLink ferry has 6 daily departures in summer or 2-4 daily departures at other times of the year, and each cost between $42 - $47 return.
Getting to and from the airport
Public buses are an easy way to get to Perth Airport from the city. From Elizabeth Quay Station in downtown, take the 380 bus to get to Terminals 1 and 2, or the 40 bus for Terminals 3 and 4. Each of these bus services run approximately every half hour. Use the Smartrider card to pay for this airport service, which costs the same as a regular bus fare within the city.
Accessible transport options
In Australia, airlines, trains, buses and ferries have accessible options for people using a wheelchair or mobility device. Perth Airport provides special assistance for people with disabilities and can help with baggage, getting around the airport, and getting on and off the plane. The majority of buses and trains have accessible options - check the Transperth website for information on using public transport before a trip.
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