For those who visit Perth, one of the first things you'll notice is that public transport from Domestic Terminals 3 and 4 (T3 and T4) is not as good as other compact cities. Public transport from the International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal 2 (T2) is even harder. So here's a guide for how to get to various destinations.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport is usually the slowest way to get around Perth (except for walking or riding a bicycle) but it is the cheapest. Perth's public transport is clean and usually safe during daylight hours but it may not be safe for single travellers, especially women, after dark. However, two transit guards travel on every train service after 7:00 pm. Perth's public transport system can be infrequent and difficult to navigate, so always plan your journey in advance, no matter where you are going. For more information on public transport in Perth, see the traveller article titled Perth: Public Transportation, visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au, or telephone 13 62 13 (if you are calling from Australia).

PERTH AIRPORT'S CONNECT SHUTTLE: Perth Airport's official shuttle service is the CONNECT shuttle. You'll find the CONNECT shuttle stops directly outside the Domestic Terminal 3 (T3), adjacent to T4. If you arrive from T1 (international) or T2 (some domestic services) then catch the free terminal transfer bus to T3, which takes about fifteen minutes. There are five pick-up and drop-off locations across the city for AU$15 one way per person. Keep in mind that if you are in a group of three, a taxi will be faster and similarly priced, and if you are in a group of four, a taxi will be cheaper. Their service is faster than the Transperth bus but runs at a far lower frequency, so check if the departure times are convenient before you travel. Visit their website perthairportconnect.com.au or call +61 8 9277 4666. 

BUSES: Transperth operates frequent bus services from the airport to the city via two different routes, numbered 37 and 40. The buses depart from a bus stop outside T3 and T4, so if you arrive from T1 (international) or T2 (some domestic services) then catch the free terminal transfer bus to T3 and T4, taking about fifteen minutes. The Transperth bus routes are operated solely by low floor, accessible buses that have a ramp that can be lowered on request. A timetable confirmed as current on 12/07/2014 for route 37 is available here and for route 40 is available here. Route 37 is a local bus route, explaining its long journey time. Beware of the short trips that terminate before the airport or finish at the Busport instead of Kings Park. Route 40 is more direct and therefore faster than route 37, however outside of the morning and evening peaks the two routes are co-ordinated to maximise frequency, meaning they do not depart around the same time: so board the first bus that arrives - 37 or 40.

DON'T LIKE BUSES? - If you'd prefer not to use slow buses but want to save money, consider taking a taxi from any terminal to the nearest railway station from your terminal (there is NO train station at Perth airport). Welshpool station is the closest to the international airport and domestic terminal 2, about 15 minutes away, and Ashfield station is the closest to terminals 3 and 4, about 10 minutes away. From these stations, you can board frequent train services to Perth Station and onwards to other areas of the metropolitan area. The taxi should cost about AU$15-25 and the train costs AU$2.80 for each standard fare and AU$1.10 for each concession fare. This journey is faster than a bus and much cheaper and better value than taking taxi to Perth. 

TRAINS: There is NO train station at Perth airport, but trains stations can be reached via a short taxi ride (see above) or via a bus ride to Perth's CBD. Trains start a little after 5:00 am, later on Sundays, running at least every 15 minutes during the day but they reduce frequency to every half hour after about 7:30 pm, and are all but finished by 12:30 am, with the exception of a few late night train services. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES: Basically, the cost of your fare depends upon how many zones you travel through on your journey. If you plan to board and alight a service in the same zone you will need to buy a one zone ticket. If you want to travel through two zones (over one zone boundary) then you need a two zone ticket, and so on. To find out more about their fare structure and rules, go to this section of the Transperth website. The correct fare for trips listed in this traveller article is listed next to the journey details, but please check the Transperth journey planner to confirm the correct fare for your trip.

TAXI

Taxi stands are located outside the various terminals, simply follow the signage. Most of the time, they are manned by attendants. The majority of taxis are licensed to carry four adults (plus a driver). You can order a MaxiTaxi if you are in a bigger group by asking the attendant. Main companies include Black and White Taxis (Phone - 13 10 08), Swan Taxis (Phone - 13 13 30) and Tricolour Taxis/Coastal Taxis (Phone - 132 227).

PRIVATE CHARTER VEHICLES (SCV)

This is the most reliable and luxurious option and although it is usually the most expensive, it can be better than waiting in taxi lines after a long flight, which can be quite long during peak hours, or travelling on slow buses. Drivers will meet you inside the airport terminal, assist with luggage and escort you to the luxury vehicle. Some of the many licensed operators include (these are simply examples, and are not endorsed by TripAdvisor or the TripAdvisor community):

To find other SCV operators, search the internet for "Perth Private Driver"  "Perth Charter Car" or Perth Chauffeur", or look in the Yellow Pages telephone directory (available online at www.yellowpages.com.au). 

Airport to City 

Option A) TAXI  - Fare to the city is approximately AU$50 one way.

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI (SCV) - The highest quality, and most reliable option, but most expensive. Fares approx AU$75-95 from the city, AU$5-AU$15 more from airport depending on customs/luggage waiting times.

Option C) TRANSPERTH (public transport) - Board routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD. Buses do not operate 24 hours a day so please check the timetable (above) before you travel. AU$4.20 standard, AU$1.70 concession (two zone fare).

Option D) PERTH AIRPORT'S CONNECT SHUTTLE - AU$15 one way per person. 

Airport to Cottosloe Beach

Option A) TAXI - A taxi will cost approximately AU$70 one way to Cottosloe. 

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI (SCV) - approx AU$80 one way to Cottesloe.

Option C) CONNECT + TRANSPERTH or TRANSPERTH - Take the CONNECT shuttle bus or Transperth routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD and then board bus route 102 to Cottesloe Beach. AU$4.20 standard, AU$1.70 concession (two zone fare). The CONNECT service will cost an extra AU$15 per person (as the Transperth fare from the airport is the same as the fare from Perth CBD). A timetable for bus route 102 effective 1 February 2015 onwards is available here.

Airport to Fremantle and Western Suburbs

Option A) TAXI  - A taxi will cost approximately AU$75 one way to Fremantle.

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI (SCV) - approx AU$90 one way to Fremantle.

Option C) CONNECT + TRANSPERTH or TRANSPERTH - Take the CONNECT shuttle bus or Transperth bus routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD, then board a Fremantle bound train. AU$4.20 standard, AU$1.70 concession (two zone fare). The CONNECT service will cost an extra AU$15 per person (as the Transperth fare from the airport is the same as the fare from Perth CBD).

Airport to Scarborough

Option A) TAXI - A taxi will cost approximately AU$85 one way to Scarborough.

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI (SCV)- approx AU$90 one way to Scarborough.

Option C) CONNECT + TRANSPERTH or TRANSPERTH - Take the CONNECT shuttle bus or bus routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD, then board a Whitfords/Joondalup/Clarkson bound train from Perth Underground or Esplanade to Glendalough, where you can transfer on to bus route 990 bound for Scarbourough Beach. A timetable, that was confirmed as still current on 12/07/2014, is available here. AU$4.20 standard, AU$1.70 concession (two zone fare). The CONNECT service will cost an extra AU$15 per person (as the Transperth fare from the airport is the same as the fare from Perth CBD).

Airport to Sorrento, Hillarys, Joondalup (Northern suburbs)

Option A) TAXI - A taxi will cost approximately AU$95 one way to Hillarys. 

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI (SCV) - approx AU$100 one way to Hillarys.

Option C) CONNECT + TRANSPERTH or TRANSPERTH - Take the CONNECT shuttle bus or routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD then board a Joondalup/Clarkson train line from Perth Underground station. AU$5.10 standard, AU$2.00 concession (three zone fare). The CONNECT service will cost an extra AU$15 per person (as the Transperth fare from the airport is the same as the fare from Perth CBD).

Airport to Mandurah / Rockingham (Southern suburbs)

Option A) TAXI - A taxi will cost approximately AU$130 one way to Rockingham and AU$175 one way to Mandurah.

Option B) PRIVATE TAXI- approx AU$150 one way to Rockingham and AU$190 to Mandurah

Option C) CONNECT + TRANSPERTH or TRANSPERTH - Take the CONNECT shuttle bus or routes 37 or 40 to Perth CBD then board a Mandurah bound train from Perth Underground or Esplanade stations. To travel to the Rockingham foreshore, alight at Rockingham station and then take bus route 555. A timetable, that was confirmed as still current on 12/7/2014, is available here. To travel to the Mandurah foreshore, alight at Mandurah station and catch bus routes 588 or 589. Route 589 will get you to the foreshore around two minutes quicker than route 588. A timetable, that was confirmed as still current on 12/7/2014, is available here. Buses do not meet every train so always plan your journey before you travel. The fare to Rockingham is AU$7.50 standard, AU$3.00 concession (five zone fare). The fare to Mandurah is AU$9.90 standard, AU$4.00 concession (seven zone fare). The CONNECT service will cost an extra AU$15 per person (as the Transperth fare from the airport is the same as the fare from Perth CBD).