Perth CBD

Perth is a city with a very compact central business district (CBD). It is very easy to walk around the major attractions in the city. Kings Park Botanic Gardens and the Swan River promenade can be explored on foot. Bikes can be hired to ride around the Swan River. The "bridge to bridge" ride beween the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway is especially popular on weekends, as it is scenic and on relatively flat paths.

Transperth run free, ultra-high frequency CAT (Central Area Transit) bus services around the CBD. Live Perth CAT bus information is available at 

Public transport is predominantly oriented for commuter travel to and from the city area. Major freeways and train lines run north and south roughly parallel to the coast, with additional train lines east towardsthe foothills in Midland and a dedicated line to Fremantle.


Transperth operates train, bus and ferry services for the Perth metropolitan area. When travelling on public transport in Perth, always plan your journey before you travel as bus services away from busy corridors can be infrequent outside of peak times and only minimal travel information is provided at public transport stops. Transperth have a easy to use journey planner on their website: 

For more information on Transperth services please see the Tripadvisor traveller article titled "Perth: Public Transportation", call 13 62 13 (if you are calling from within Australia) or visit the Transperth website.

Outside the City Area

Travelling further afield than the CBD may see the need for a hire car, unless you want your trip to be centred around bus timetables, since public transport can be infrequent off-peak, as mentioned above. Ask for a street directory (map book) when collecting your vehicle, even if you have or are hiring a GPS. Driving in Perth is generally straightforward, although at peak times in the morning and afternoon, arterial roads and freeways can become congested. While Perth public transport is easy to use and relatively cheap, the distances between popular tourist destinations do make using public transport quite time consuming.

Fremantle, which is generally walkable and can be explored using the Fremantle CAT routes, is easily reached from Perth by train, which takes about half an hour and operates every fifteen minutes in daytime off-peak.

Be aware that some popular destinations, such as the Swan Valley are extremely difficult to reach using public transport. Contrary to popular belief, Whiteman Park is accessible by public transport. Find out more on this page of the Whiteman Park website.

Taxis are very expensive compared, for instance, to taxis fares in Asia, and can sometimes be hard to find when outside high-traffic areas such as the CBD and Perth Airport. Taxis are usually available in shopping hours at local shopping centres. Always save the number of a taxi company, to ensure calling and booking a taxi is easier. If you have booked a taxi you can usually be sure that a taxi will pick you up.

Another option to consider are private taxis, sometimes cheaper over longer distances than regular taxis with taxi signage. Beware that some private taxis found on websites such as Gumtree, are not licenced or regulated by the Department of Transport and are therefore illegal.