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Getting Around Perth

The best way to get around Perth is via the city's free public Central Area Transit buses. Taxis, which can be hailed or scheduled, are another option, as are rental cars. But remember, Australians drive on the left side of the road and distances are measured in kilometers. Although walking is one of the best ways to experience the city's top attractions, the city and surroundings are too large to manage on foot alone. Biking has become increasingly popular, and Fremantle, a nearby port city, even offers a free bike-share service. 

To reach the city, visitors can fly into Perth Airport (PER), which is located less than 10 miles east of central Perth. From the airport, visitors can take bus route No. 380, which offers service to several train and bus stations, including Elizabeth Quay. A one-way taxi ride from the airport to Perth's central business district will cost AU$43 (about $33).


The Central Area Transit buses, nicknamed CATs, are free and offer four color-coded lines that run looped routes throughout Perth. There are also free CATs in neighboring cities, such as Fremantle and Joondalup. Each route runs on its own hours, but most begin operating anywhere from 6 to 8 a.m. and stop service around 6 to 8 p.m.


You can call ahead to book a taxi at a particular time, or you can hail them on the road (if the car's light is on). There is also a taxi rank, staffed by security personnel on Friday and Saturday nights, at 140 William Street, which is available from midnight to 4 a.m. Uber also operates in Perth, if you'd prefer to use a rideshare service. 


If you want your own wheels, you can pick them up at Perth Airport. But keep in mind that Australians drive on the left with the steering wheel on the right, and road signs with information on travel distances and speed limits are marked using the metric system. You do not need to obtain an international driving permit to operate a vehicle in Western Australia.

On Foot

Although you can't traverse all of Perth on foot, there are several walkable areas, including Kings Park & Botanical Garden and the Swan River. 

By Bike

Cycling is a popular and picturesque way to get around Perth. One of the best routes runs alongside the Swan River to East Perth's Elizabeth Quay or Narrows Bridge – or in the opposite direction – to Garratt Road Bridge. There are several bike rental shops within Perth's central business district, including About Bike Hire and Cycle Centre. An adult bike hire for a full day starts at AU$10 (around $7.50).

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