Train Service, Perth
A shuttle bus from the international airport, the only way to the city apart from taxi is $32 for two people one way.
The other way is to get a free shuttle to terminal domestic and then a bus to town but thats long winded. The shuttle will drop at your hotel and depending on the route it takes to drop others off can be 30-60mins.
The 6 CAT lines are the free buses based around the centre-a good way to get around for free.
Otherwise its fairly cheap, $1.90 for zone 1, $2.70 for zone 2.
for EG-from mount lawley to northbrdge was $1.90, to the city $2.70.
Fuel is cheap, back in 2013 was $1.50/litres
Perth has a great rail transport system. You can purchase a family all day rider ticket (after 9.00am on weekends, public holidays & school holidays) to hop on and off the trains, buses and ferries for under $10 for 2 adults and up to 5 kids for the whole day. Now that's value for money!!
You can also purchase a single Day Rider ticket to use on trains, buses and ferries after 9.00am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.
To help plan your trip, visit the website below. It will give you the best possible way, directions and train or bus to get from A to B. Beware though....the site can be a bit slow uploading.
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Travel back in time by taking the Hotham Valley Tourist train. A one and a half hour train ride from Perth will take you to Dwellingup Station. The train journey itself is a great experience. At Dwellingup indulge yourself in the eco-tourism adventures such as canoeing, white water rafting & mountain biking. Dwellingup is about 95 km away from Perth.
The backbone of Perth's public transportation network are the suburban train lines. All of them begin at the train station in Central Perth. They connect Perth City with all the important suburbs. The network is not too dense, though. If your destination is close to one of the train lines, these are easy and fast. For example, there is no faster connection to Freo than the Fremantle line. In the daytime the trains run every 15 minutes.
I'd consider them generally safe in the daytime. In the evening, however, some lines are known to be troublesome and there have been unpleasant incidents. Ask locals what they think of a certain line and whether they recommend using it in the evening or not.
Tickets must be bought from ticket machines at the station before passing the barrier, proceeding to the platform and boarding the train.
Maps and timetables of the train lines
If you travel by public transport, get ticket of "family day rider" at $8.40. this ticket allow up to 6 or 7 person to take bus and train for full day and it is really value for money.
During weekend, it is free ride on bus in the city for certain timing.
Perth Central suburban train station is located on Wellington Street, where you will find the Wellington Street bus station approximately 200m from the train station and is also linked via a walkway.
Perth has 5 train lines that leave or pass through the Perth central train station It is the Fremantle Line, Joondalup Line, Midland Line, Armadale Line and Mandurah Line
The train services start at 5.30am and stops at 11.30pm weekdays and have a reduced service on the weekends, and public holidays. There are special late night trains available on weekends. Visit the www.transperth.wa.gov.au/ for more information on timetables etc.
The trains work on the same principal as the busses just different zones. They divided the city into different zones and each zone has a fare for travelling within that zone.
Tickets can be purchased on the platforms.
The ticket machines only accept coins. As on the busses you can purchase the multirider card – (prepaid basis at a discounted rate).
We paid $7.80 for a couple, for an all day pass around Perth, including a trip to Fremantle, which was excellent value. The trains are clean, modern and comfortable. Excellent way to get around, especially compared to the cost of some of the other forms of transport.
Transwa is probably WA's best regional transport provider linking many regional centres by train or coach services.
The "Australind" train provides a quick and efficient twice daily rail link between Perth and Bunbury and the "Prospector" train between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Transwa also operates coach services to places such as Kalbarri in the north, Esperance in the south-east and Albany & Augusta in the south.
I'm under the impression that most tourists go to Fremantle by ferry. However, there's also the option of going by train. The train ride is only 30 minutes and the cost is only $3.10 one-way (which I think is cheaper than ferry).
The train system provides a quick and easy way to get around. There are 4 train lines to Fremantle, Armadale, Joondalup or Midland. I took the train to Fremantle which took only about 30min. Some train services are express and do not stop at all stations so check the train information boards carefully before boarding in case the train doesn't stop at your particular stop! Tickets can be purchased at the train station platforms from the ticketing machines (in case you are out of coins, there are coin changing machines too). The train system is wheelchair friendly. You can pick up more info or train timetable for the various lines at the Perth Train station, Esplanade Busport, Plaza Arcade and Wellington Street Bus Station.
Perth has one of the best transport services that I have ever come across. Not only is it easy and relaxing travelling, but the people who provide the service are also very friendly and helpful. I spent 13 months living in Perth and I was able to get around easily without owning a car. For long trips, however, outside the transport area, you will need a car or a tour.
All suburban trains pass or leave through Perth train station. There are four main train lines which lead to Armadale, Joondalup, Midland and Fremantle. Trains run on a regular basis.
Tickets may be purchased on the platforms from ticket mchines which take coins only. The ticket machines will calculate the fare for you and give you change. You can travel free on any bus or train as long as you board and alight within the Perth city centre's Free Transit Zone, an area covering all major shopping streets in Perth and Northbridge. There is also a free bus service, CAT system, which operates around central Perth.
Buses are just as efficient as the trains and it's possible to make connections between trains and buses to reach your destination. You can travel by both using the same ticket.
Time-tables for countless destinations can be obtained at Perth Central Station on Wellington Street.
Ferries operate daily, 6.45am to 7.15pm, between Barrak Street jetty, Perth and Mends Street Jetty, South Perth, and until 9.15pm on Fridays and Saturdays in summer.
We discovered this family ticket for trains when we were there.. if u travel after 9am, u can buy this ticket. it cost about 7.50 but its valid for the whole day with unlimited trips for 2 adults and some children. Do check it out. its a great money saver.
My friends in Perth told me that I can just board the trains without buying a ticket, as the ticket conductors dont come on often.
I was in Fremantle, trying to get back to the city centre in the night. The train came and I havent bought my ticket from one of those self-service machines. I was tempted to just run in w/o a ticket. Boy, was I glad I didnt! I mean, it was only A$2 something. I bought the ticket and still caught the train. Shortly later, I saw the train conductors. They were already handing out fine slips! The fines were like A$100 or 200 I cant remember. But please remember to board with a ticket! ;)
We found getting around Perth equally convenient by either bus or train. One suburb which we wanted to reach could only be arrived at by a combination of the two (which we thought could be tricky) but when the train let us off at the 1/2 way destination, the bus was already right there waiting for the next leg of the short journey. It was great having the transport so well organised and synchronised like that.
The freeways seemed extra wide or more multi laned than we had in Victoria at the time and seemed quite efficient.
In Perth center there is a free bus service called CAT. These busses show up every five to ten minutes and bring you anywhere in Perth center up to Northbridge.
Going to Fremantle and other surrounding cities can be done by lightrail.
If you are planning to go further then i would reccomend a car. It gives you much more freedom.