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Perth Public Transport

Travelling to and within the city is pretty easy with the Perth public transport system,  it’s very straight forward compared to some major cities around the world.  Ok, the traffic has increased significantly over the last few years but works are in place across the city, Northern and Southern suburbs to help ease the congestion.  The public transport system is very straight forward to use and you can even travel around the city centre on certain buses for Free! Transperth operate all Perth metro and Suburban areas.


Getting around by Car or Motorcycle
Perth city is easily accessible from the North via The Mitchel Freeway, The South Via The Kwinana Freeway and the East via Great Eastern Highway and the Graham farmer freeway.


Parking on the street in the city is quite limited and restrictions and fees do apply. Free street parking is available after 6pm and on Sunday and public holidays around some areas of the city, make sure you check the parking signs before leaving your vehicle. Many multi story car parks can be found throughout the city and hourly fees can start anywhere around $3.70 ph.

When parking on the street whether it be in the city on in the suburbs you must always park your car in the direction of the traffic, parking against the traffic will result in a fine.

Parking at many major and small shopping centres is free for up to 4 hours.

You can park all day at Train stations for a small fee of $2 Monday to Friday. Weekends and Public holidays is Free parking.


Catching the Bus
Many buses operate throughout Suburban Perth and Perth Metro making travelling to neighbouring suburbs, train lines and city centres very easy. For bus times, including Uni, Tafe and school buses visit the Transperth Website 


Taking the Train
There are 5 major train lines that run throughout Perth.

Armadale & Thornlie Line – Perth to Armadale use this line to travel to Burswood in East Perth.

Fremantle Line – Perth to Fremantle use this line to access Subiaco, Claremont, Cottesloe, North Fremantle and Fremantle.

Joondalup Line – Elizabeth Quay to Butler use this line to access Perth, Leederville, and Joondalup

Mandurah Line – Perth to Mandurah use this line to access Elizabeth Quay Rockingham

Midland Line – Perth to Midland use this line to access East Perth, Mt Lawley, Maylands and Guilford.


Catch a Ferry
You can catch the ferry across the river from Elizabeth Quay Jetty across to Mends Street Jetty on the South Perth Esplanade, use this service to head over to Perth Zoo.

The Ferry runs approx. every 20 mins Starting at 6.30am until 10pm Monday to Thursday 6:30am to 11:30pm Friday, Saturday 7:30am to 11:30pm Sunday 7:30am to 9:30pm

Catch the Rottnest Express for all trips to Rottnest from Barrack Street Jetty. Tickets can be purchased at the Rottnest Express Ticket booth opposite the Bell Tower.

Enjoy a cruise down the river to Fremantle or across to the Swan Valley with Capatain cook cruises. Captain Cook offer many different cruises including wine tours and lunch cruises. Check out their website for more information. Or head to their ticket office at Elizabeth quay also opposite the Bell Tower.


Free Travel
CAT Buses operate throughout Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup Monday – Sunday.  The Red, Blue, yellow or Green CAT bus operate around different areas of the city frequently throughout the day where you can jump on for Free. For full information on operation times and destinations visit the Transperth Website 

Please note CAT buses do not operate on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.

The Transperth website is very user friendly, here you will find all the information you need to know about the Perth Transport systems, you can also plan your day with their very handy Journey planner