Free City Cats, Perth

22 Reviews

Know about this? Rate It!

hide
  • Free City Cats
    by cjg1
  • Free City Cats
    by cjg1
  • Free City Cats
    by muratkorman
  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Ride the CAT

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 30, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    One of the things I loved about Perth was the free buses or CaT (Central Area Transit) that operates in the Central Business District of Perth. This is agreat way to get around and a bonus that it costs nothing to use.

    Each bus (CAT) is color coded to indicate the route:

    The Red Cat travels in an East-West loop from Queens Gardens in East Perth to Outram St in West Perth.

    The Blue CAT travels in a North-South loop from the Barrack St Jetty to Northbridge.

    The Yellow CAT operates in a loop from East Perth to West Perth.

    Was this review helpful?

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo

    Catch the CAT!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Nov 17, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    It has to be said that Perth does not have a wonderful public transport system compared to cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. However, the good news is that this has been identified as a priority and the public transport network is slowly but consistently being improved, particularly in the CBD area, which is where most tourists will focus their attention.

    The Perth CBD is served by three free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services which are a brilliant way to get around the central area without having to worry about finding parking.

    The services are colour coded and follow these routes (taken from the webiste below):

    The Red Cat travels in an East-West loop from Queens Gardens in East Perth to Outram St in West Perth.
    The Blue CAT travels in a North-South loop from the Barrack St Jetty to Northbridge.
    The Yellow CAT operates in a loop from East Perth to West Perth.

    The CAT routes are also designed to link with other public transport services, including bus and rail - see the website for details.

    The frequency of the services and the stops along each route are given on the website below. Just note that CAT services do not run on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day (25 April).

    There are also CAT services operating in Fremantle and Joondalup (a satellite town to the north of Perth).

    CATs are a marvellous resource for visitors and residents alike, and every city should have a similar system!

    Was this review helpful?

  • muratkorman's Profile Photo

    The best way to travel around Perth

    by muratkorman Written Aug 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    CAT stands for Central Area Transit. It is a free bus service on 3 different routes covering most of central Perth. There are red, blue and yellow cats which provide comfortable and regular service. To travel east and west in CBD, take red cats. To travel north and south, take blue cats. To travel from East Perth to Thomas Street, take yellow cats. Weekdays the cats operate between 6:50 am to 6:20 pm, red cats every 5 mins, blue cats every 7 mins, yellow cats every 10 mins. Red and yellow cats operate on weekends from 10:00 am to 6:20 pm, red cats every 25 mins, yellow cats every 30 mins. Blue cats operate on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 am every 15 mins, on Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:15 pm every 15 mins. Unfortunately cats don't operate on public holidays.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Free CAT Buses

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 21, 2009

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Orange CAT bus in Fremantle

    Transperth operates certain bus lines in the centres that can be used for free, named CAT (Central Area Transport). There are three lines on round courses in Central Perth (Blue, Yellow and Red CAT), the Orange CAT in Fremantle and there are also CAT lines in Joondalup.

    The buses are marked with a big black cat on the sides. The bus stops of the CAT lines also show the symbol of the cat.

    These buses are in accordance with the needs of tourists and visitors (of course they are also used by locals). They are useful and easy to navigate (unlike Transperth's 'normal' bus lines). The stops are named. There is a plan of the line on board. The next stop is announced. The three routes are marked on any city map.

    The CAT buses do not operate in the evening, except on Fridays and Saturdays service ends around 6 p.m. which is a bit of a nuisance...

    Download of bus timetables and maps

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo

    Free for all

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 9, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    City CAT
    1 more image

    Take advantage of Perth's Free Transit Zone to get around the city. As well as the distinctive CAT buses that run every few minutes on seperate circular routes around the city centre, ALL public transport is free within the zone which basically covers the whole city area between Kings Park and the Causeway. No tickets are required and there is no limit on the number of journeys you can make on any bus, train or CAT.

    A free CAT bus also operates in Fremantle.

    City CATS can be very busy, especially in lunch hour periods, as everybody uses them to get around. Well, why wouldn't they? By using the three regular Cat routes, you can make a really comprehensive tour of just about all of the city's main attractions. Download this PDF file for a route map and list of all the stops on the three different routes (Red, Blue and Yellow) and start planning your own tour of the city.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • CharleneP's Profile Photo

    FREE Perth CATS (Central Area Transport Service)

    by CharleneP Updated Apr 11, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Perth has a free bus services that drive around central business district.
    These buses are called CATS and the service is for free (Hop on hop off).
    The buses arrive approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the route etc.
    The routes are either a red or blue some yellow.
    The CAT bus stops are clearly marked with a free transit zone and have an audio announcement telling you when the next CAT is due.

    NB: No CAT's running on public holidays!

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • virtualling's Profile Photo

    It's Free, so it should be good. Right?

    by virtualling Written Mar 15, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I have used the CAT service. A little story here so you'll be smarter than me when using the free service. You'll be reading facts, website info and stuff written by the other VT-ers.
    So here goes....
    The bus stopped in the middle of the route and the CAT operator turned around and said, "It's 4.20.... you know what that means. CAT service ends now". It was 4.20pm on the dot when I checked my watch. If there was no connecting bus routes from that stop, walking to the other nearest stop or to wherever you wanna go would be the other options. Or hail a cab, I suppose. I had to walk a pretty good distance to get to where I was suppose to go.

    Best to find out the other bus routes of the stops just in case you have to get off somewhere unfamiliar when the CAT service ends for the day.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Work Abroad
    • Study Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • peaceness98's Profile Photo

    hop around town for FREE

    by peaceness98 Written Mar 15, 2008

    CATS (central area transport service) are a FREE bus service that operates around central business district (eg only in perth city center).

    The buses have a set route and arrive approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the route, time of day and day of the week. The CAT routes are either a red,yellow, or blue route from Monday to Friday and a special modified route for weekends

    In fremantle they have the fremantle cats.

    it's really an environmently friendly way of getting around the city, and walking around isn'nt that tough either :)

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Study Abroad
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo

    Free city travel.

    by adelaidean Updated May 9, 2007

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Getting around Perth is really easy with the free cat buses. There are three different coloured buses, depending on where you want to go. They are red, blue and yellow. They run regularly throughout the day,and depending on which night and bus,it is can run until late. Beware though, that during the week they cease at around 6.00pm.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • leanne_pearc's Profile Photo

    Free Bus Service in Fremantle & Perth

    by leanne_pearc Updated Jan 15, 2007

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Femantle and in Perth there are free bus services that run within the cities on a circle route every 15 minutes. Just look for the cat bus with the cat symbol. The Fremantle buses are orange so you won't miss it!!!!!!!!!

    Was this review helpful?

  • xuessium's Profile Photo

    FREE Inner City CATS buses

    by xuessium Written Dec 25, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    CATSBusesRoutes(extractedfromattachedweblink)

    CATS buses provide a free, convenient, frequent and wheelchair accessible bus service in the city, operating on red and blue routes.

    The Free Transit Zone (FTZ) allows you to travel on other buses within the City of Perth boundaries, without paying a fare.

    The bus routes connect most, if not all, the major sights within the City.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • bitbit's Profile Photo

    Free CATS

    by bitbit Written Oct 23, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Guess what?! You can travel free on any bus or train within the Perth city centre's Free Transit Zone. The free Central Area Transit (affectionately known as CAT!) bus service also operates around central Perth. There are 3 bus routes - Red, Yellow & Blue (you can easily identify the bus stops with their associated CAT route colors). The bus-stops have smart info technology that will tell you when the next bus is arriving. The routes will make a complete loop. Usually, the Perth City Maps will reflect the bus routes/stops.

    Red CAT - East-west loop through the central business district and West Perth (Mon-Fri, 6.50am-6.20pm every 5mins, Sat-Sun 10am-6.15pm every 25 min)

    Blue CAT - North-South loop from the river through the City (Mon-Fri, 6.50am-6.20pm every 7min, 6.20pm-1am, Sat 8.30am-1am and Sun 10am-5pm every 15min)

    Yellow CAT - East-west loop between City and East Perth (Mon-Fri, 6am-9am every 10min, 9am-6.20pm every 15min, Sat-Sun 10am-6.15pm every 35min)

    I love that these CAT buses are stepless hence they are accessible for wheelchairs, elderly/children and prams!! The buses can tilt at an angle towards the kerb for easy boarding. I really wish we have these in Singapore.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Seniors
    • Disabilities

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jenelle7's Profile Photo

    They are free and colourful

    by Jenelle7 Written May 5, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Central Area Transit

    Once in Perth City itself, there are a number of FREE 'CAT buses' that service the Perth City area.
    There are three different coloured CAT buses and they corrospond to different areas.

    There is the RED CAT bus that travels in an East West loop, the BLUE CAT bus that travels in a North South loop, and the YELLOW CAT bus that travels from the Entertainment Centre to East Perth.
    These buses come every 5 - 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 - 25 minutes on weekends.

    There is also a CAT bus that serviced the Fremantly area. It is Orange and runs every 10 minutes.

    Please see the website below for more information.

    Was this review helpful?

  • gabyne's Profile Photo

    inner city transport free of charge!

    by gabyne Updated Apr 13, 2005
    Perth skyline, Barrack St.

    I was very surprised to find out that travel by bus in Perth - inner city is free of charge. This is really a great service!

    Have a look at the signs and plans at the stations, they show you which routes are free. More precisely, they are called CATs (there are two of them - blue and red line).

    I remember, we went from Barrack St./inner city to John St./Northbridge free of charge.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Free CAT Buses - Great way to move around Perth

    by gerberra Written Mar 14, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The CAT buses are a great way to move around Perth City, including NorthBridge and Fremantle. The best part is it's FREE!

    The red CAT bus comes every 5 mins, blue CAT bus comes every 7 mins and the yellow one every 10 mins. At the bus stop, you can also press a button to find out when the next CAT is coming. It states in X minutes.

    Just note that on Sundays, they operate only from 10am onwards.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Perth

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

72 travelers online now

Comments

View all Perth hotels