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So you’re travelling to Perth – smart choice! This guide will give you everything you need to know about Perth travel, from getting to and from the airport and around the city, to the best Perth books to read, and the cool local spots you should check out!
Getting To and From PER
Bus: The Transperth bus service is the most economical way to get to and from Perth Airport’s domestic terminals (T3 & T4). The bus stop is located in the bus lane, closest to T4. The fare is $4.40 AUD one way and there are two routes:
Bus 37 operates daily between Kings Park and T3 and T4, via the Esplanade Bus Port, Victoria Park Transfer Station, and Belmont Forum shopping centre. The journey takes approximately 55 minutes.
Bus 40 operates daily between the Esplanade Bus Port and T3 and T4, via the Victoria Park Transfer Station and Great Eastern. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
Although Transperth does not operate bus services to Perth Airport’s current International Terminal (T1) or Domestic Terminal 2 (T2), a free terminal transfer bus operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week connecting all terminals. A train line to the airport is in the planning stage, but is still a few years off.
Taxi: Taxis are available at the designated taxi ranks located outside each terminal. Some drivers will ask you to pay your fare in advance, and the fare is the same for both a group or single person. A $2.00 fee is added to your fare if you leave from T1, T2, T3, and T4. This fee contributes to providing better infrastructure at Perth Airport.
Airport to the City: $38 AUD
Airport to Fremantle: $58 AUD
Airport Shuttle: Perth Airport Connect shuttle is $15 AUD one way from Domestic Terminal 3 (T3) to one of five city locations: East Perth train station, Beaufort Street by WA Museum, Wellington Street opposite the YHA Backpackers Hostel, Kings Perth Hotel at the corner of Pier and Hay Street, and the Ambassador Hotel on Adelaide Terrace.
Getting Around Perth
Free Public Transit: The Transperth Central Area Transit (CAT) buses are free in Perth’s Central Business District (CBD) as well as Fremantle CBD. No ticket is required in this Free Transit Zone (FTZ) for buses. For trains, you’ll require a SmartRider card available for purchase at a Transperth Info Centre in Perth Underground or Perth Station.
Hours of operation are:
Weekdays: 06:00-19:30 (until 21:00 on Fridays)
Weekends and Public Holidays: 08:30 – 19:00
No service on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and ANZAC Day
Public Transit: There are three modes of public transportation for Perth travel: bus, train, and ferry. The best way to plan your journey is on the Transperth website. Tickets are available for purchase on buses and at train stations. Fares range based on zone from $2.80 (1 zone) to $11.60 (Dayrider valid for all zones, all day). Load a SmartRider card with a minimum of $10 and you get 15% off the cash fare.
Taxi: Metered taxis are available with fares varying based on distance. You can get an approximate cost on Taxifare. While you can book a taxi in advance, a reservation does not guarentee it will actually show up. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time, especially if you are going to the airport.
Walking: The city is quite compact and we highly recommend exploring both Perth or Fremantle on foot! While it is very safe to walk around, take common sense precautions with your personal safety and belongings.
Things To Do In Perth
There are a few quintessential things you should experience in Perth. The first is to check out a Perth Wildcats basketball game. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Perth Arena Box Office or online at the NBL box office. The Perth Wildcats have fantastic fans, and there is an electric atmosphere in their amazing new venue. It’s a family friendly activity and if you want to share in the local spirit, make sure to wear red!
The city comes alive for almost two months at the end of January to the beginning of March with hundreds of amazing shows, concerts, and performances for the Fringe World Festival and Perth International Arts Festival. You can pick up tickets on the festival websites or at the box offices set up around the city – events range from free to over $100, featuring international music acts, comedy, performance art, and exhibitions.
For local art exhibitions and live music gigs all year round, check out the Fremantle Arts Centre located in a historic building that was originally a lunatic asylum.
Perth is also a great city to enjoy the outdoors. Hit up one of the local beaches for swimming, people-watching, or working on your surfing skills. You could also head for the hills, the Perth Hills, to hike or mountain bike overlooking incredible views. After all that activity, you’ll probably want to relax with a glass of wine at one of the wineries in Swan Valley!
Perth Day Tours
Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers tours in Perth, all led by local experts that will give you a taste for local life in the city:
A City Way Out West
Break into Western Australia’s capital on this Perth tour that includes many things, the most important being a local tradition of great importance and cultural significance: a free drink at the local pub!
Fremantle: Convicts and Colonials
Freo was once a bit like an unpolished diamond: a little rough around the edges but incredibly valuable and now, a highly sought after location. Hear classic Aussie tales of jailbreakers, bushrangers, convicts, and rogues on this Fremantle tour hot with history, heroes, and high drama.
Perth Private Tour
Put our team of local experts to work to build the perfect itinerary just for you. If you’re not sure, we’ve got plenty of ideas for what you might want to include. If you let our team of expert locals know your interests, they will come up with all kinds of things.
Perth On the Big Screen
Get your Perth fix with Two Fists, One Heart – a film filled with all things Perth with some of the city’s best locations featured predominately in the film.
Perth On Record
Eskimo Joe’s album “A Song Is A City” is a great way to get you in the mood for your trip. The Australian rock bank wrote the whole album about living in Fremantle!
Perth in Books
A Fortunate Life is one of Australia’s most beloved books, considered a classic piece of Aussie literature. This autobiography tells the story of author, Albert Facey’s extraordinary life in Western Australia and through World War I. After the book’s great reception turned him into a national celebrity, Facey was famously quoted saying his life was simple and he “had no idea what all the fuss is about”.
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton is another great read. It tells the story of two working class families living together in a suburb of Perth over a period of twenty years.
What’s On In Perth
If you want to get in the loop for what’s going on in Perth, there are some great resources updated daily with local events. Visit Perth City and Great About Perth are good places to start, and if you’re feeling a little hipster, check out Six Thousand for some “things locals love”.
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