Transportation in Perth

December 08, 2010

For previous entry, please go here.

This entry was kept in draft for quite some time as I don't have enough info and mood to continue. If you're familiar with my mode of sharing especially info on travel (look for the old entries), you can find it's different this time coz I just share some necessary info and leave the rest for you to be creative.

Okay let's get back to our topic!

If you want to fly budget to Perth from Kuala Lumpur, you can board on Air Asia, Jetstar or Tiger Airways. Always check for promotion or book months ahead for the cheapest ticket.

There are various mode of transportation to suit your budget but the best way to explore this country is by driving coz you can reach almost every part of it without missing all point of interests and beautiful landscapes.

Anyway, I'd suggest you to avoid driving at night especially if you're going out of city into rural areas because wild animals are active at night (you might hit them), the road is quite dark and there's no petrol station that open late.

Airport Transfer

First thing you need to concern when safely landed in Perth is airport transfer. You can choose whether to drive yourself out of the airport by renting a car or take shuttle bus to Perth city. If you plan to rent a car/van, you can choose whether to pick-up directly from airport or city. If you wish to pick-up from city, you must take shuttle bus from airport to city and ticket for 1 person is AUD18 (1-way) and AUD30 (return). No advance booking required as you can just approach the counter nearby escalator located on ground floor inside airport terminal. They provide service around Perth city center and Fremantle, for more info on this please go the this website. However if you want to return back to airport, please book ahead for pick-up arrangement.

Perth International Airport

The Terminal


a. I like to take shower after long flights especially like this 5 hours flight. If you want to do so, this facility is available at washroom/toilet on 1st floor behind News Link (just next to escalator) and it's free!

b. Internet booths are available throughout the airport for free.

c. There's a "quiet room" for prayer or quiet contemplation for all religions located on ground floor of airport terminal. You can find it on your left side after exiting the Arrival Gate, close to the information/pamphlet and car rental booths.  

Quiet Room aka Prayer Room

Car Rental

Just opposite the Arrival Gate, you can find various car rental services such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar and much more. Sometimes it's not easy to get a car if you just approach the counter directly, so the best is to book from website because only website can confirm the availability of it. I would recommend you to book ahead before coming to Perth so you won't waste time looking around and wait for any available car.

I once rent with Bayswater and Hertz and I'm fully satisfied with it. Bayswater Car Rental don't have pick-up service from airport, but you can take cab to their office at Bayswater (not so far from airport) or just take shuttle to Perth city and pick-up from there.

Toyota Hatchback from Bayswater
it's smooth driving and fuel save

Hyundai Getz from Hertz
fuel save, but i still prefer the first one

For Malaysian, you need to proof that you have a valid driving license and make sure it's not expired. That means you don't have to apply for international driving license. Another good news to add is the highway in Perth is free!

Here's a list of car rental, you can google for more choices!

Bayswater Car Rental
Drive Now
Cheap Car Hire

Petrol Price and Distance Calculator

To check what is the current petrol price in Western Australia, you can click here. The price is different depending on brand and location. It change almost every day and it's not something to be surprised here. You can spot the different price in city, suburb and rural area. Usually petrol price in rural area is much expensive than in the city and the reason here is simple - distance!

To calculate distance between places just click here.

Insurance to Reduce Damage Liability

There's 1 important thing you need to understand before renting a car/van/whatever. It's about car insurance or liability/damage coverage. This insurance will help to protect your interest if the car involve in an accident or anything related with car damage such as scratch, windscreen crack, signal broken, etc. Remember once I blogged about car that hit kangaroo? This thing is common in Australia and you could be the next "lucky" ones.

Before you decide to take any car insurance/damage cover liability plan, please read carefully what it covers because normally there are 2 type of coverage options such as Full Coverage and Limited Coverage, and the price is differ according to the plan.

I strongly suggest you to take any of the insurance because even though you're a good driver, you could end up in deep shit because of someone else carelessness.

Let me share some photos taken during my previous trips so you can see the difference when driving in/out of city and the surrounding.

Perth city

Albany - small town

Margeret River - small town

suburb area

you can find more signboard like this when travel out of the city

 unsealed gravel road

Central Wheatbelt
the yellowish thing on left & right side is actually wheat, not dried grass

big trees in rural area

when you see trees like this, you should know it's the wild kangaroo territory. beware!

some wild kangaroo and wild animal can be spotted crossing here

this freeway is FREE!

Other thing you can spot while driving is road train or lori panjang. It's so looong like a double lorry attached to one another and that's why it's being called road train.

it's oversize and i wonder what's underneath the cover

road train with dried grass on it

Free Ride in Perth CBD and Fremantle

Who doesn't fancy something free? Unless if you're super rich!

Getting around Perth CBD need not cost a cent because you can take free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus that travel around city on 3 different routes. There are 3 types of CAT buses which is Blue CAT, Red CAT and Yellow CAT. For route map, please click this link.

CAT bus
source : google

Red Cat runs every 5 minutes from 6.50am - 6.20pm (Monday-Friday) and every 25 minutes from 10am - 6.15pm (Saturday & Sunday).

Blue Cat runs every 7 minutes from 6.50am - 6.20pm (Monday-Friday), extended every 15 minutes from 6.20pm - 1am (Friday), every 15 minutes from 8.30am - 1am (Saturday) and 10am - 6.15pm (Sunday).

Yellow Cat runs every 10 minutes from 6.50am - 6.20am (Monday-Friday) and every 30 minutes from 10am - 6.10pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Besides, you can travel for free on Transperth services (buses and trains) within FTZ (Free Transit Zone). For trains, the boundaries are City West on Fremantle Line and Claisebrook on Midland and Armadale Lines. However, if you plan to travel outside FTZ zone, normal fares will apply.

There's also free Orange CAT bus that serve Fremantle, for route map please click this link.

Orange CAT runs every 10 minutes from 7.30am - 6.30pm (Monday-Thursday), 7.30am - 8pm (Friday) and  from 10am - 6.30pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday except on Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day).

How to go from Perth to Fremantle?

If you plan to go to E-Shed Market, Fremantle Market or just want to taste the famous fish & chips at Cicerellos or Kailis, you can take train from Perth to Fremantle. It will take about 25-30 minutes ride and 1-way ticket will cost you about AUD3.70.

**please check on website for E-Shed and Fremantle Market operating hours


Fiona December 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

rindunya perth!


Fatt December 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

waaa..nett ke? jgn rindu-rinduan..sesekali lepaskan rindu tu..kangaroo kat caversham menggamit2 tu nett...hihi :D

lydia December 8, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

alamak bro...bestnya.. i was thinking to travel around europe by caravan..tapi kena cari member... berminat? but not in the meantime.. maybe lagi 5 tahun ker..ehehehe

Lady of Leisure December 8, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

tak pernah sampai perth lagi.. teringinnnya.. ehehe.. tq for sharing those useful tips, boleh i refer sini nanti kalau nak ke sana.. :)

iina December 8, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

very interesting.. agak2 aku nak p perth aku bwk ko jelah hahaha.. klu ko nak p europe.. leh jek aku jd tourist guide hahaha..

Fatt December 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

sis le..huhu~ idea u mcm u ada tgk dah psl eurailpass..sbb yg ni pun berbaloi sbb leh pusing 1 europe with single pass

dtgla perth..cni tmpt dia tak se-hectic sydney & melbourne..u may refer here.. :)

adoi..klu jadi ni nmpk gayanya kali ke-3 la aku pegi..hahaha..ok, nti ada rezeki ke europe aku roger :)

Dr K August 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

u said that u took shower in the washroom. Memang ada bilik mandi ke?

Fatt August 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

daddy ziyyad,

a ah...ada, dlm airport. kalau ladies punya kat 1st floor sebelah kedai buku lepas escalator. i rasa lelaki pun sama. ada 1 je shower dlm toilet ni...but it's big enuff and comfy.

*shower tu dalam toilet. it's free, ada hot water lagi :)

Roy September 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

Salam...saya nk tanya...lesen kite xpayah convert to international license license kite in bahasa they understand whats written on the card?

Fatt September 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM  

wsalam...nope. tak perlu. sebab tulisan kita huruf roman..bukan simbol mcm tulisan arab/chinese/jepun...i dah penah drive di Oz 3x..di Nz countless...takde masalah. its accepted.

Roy September 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM  

tq bro....ur blog helps a lot...saya akan ke perth next month for 3 weeks. thats why tanya...anyway...thank you my friend for ur kind help :-)

Fatt September 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

no problem..lamanya pegi perth, have fun...i personally suka perth lebih dari tempat2 lain dlm oz sbb tmpt ni lain dari yg lain. oh btw im not bro. hehehe :)

Unknown February 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM  

oh my! bestnya baca travelog u ni! i nak pegi perth lg hjg thn ni..n tgh plan nak drive. dulu dtg dgn :D survey2 dlm blog u, nmpk mcm best je driving! :D

yuyu April 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM  

tgk blog ni bt aku rindu nz huhuh..dear nak tya kalo drive dari melbourne ke sydney jauh tak? ujung tahun ni nak p Melbourne drive sampai Sydney dgn campervan...

Fatt May 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM  

driving memang best. u should try :)

sy tak penah drive dari melben ke sydney but my friend did. obviously jauh. try pin dalam google map & see the route. bleh pilih ikut tepi laut atau jalan biasa

spy leman September 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM  

seronok baca kisah perth ni mengamit kenangan masa belajar kat sana hmm miss fremantle..hari2 drive dr rumah kesekolah pegi 30km balik 30 km.

nor aishah January 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM  

Assalamualaikum, Kalau akak nak bawa family with 3 kids umur 14, 11 dan 9 boleh muat kalau sewa kereta hatchback atau kena sewa sedan. Badan anak2 akak sederhana aje, not obese, hehe.....Thanks.

Fatt January 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM  


Muat je kak. Beza sedan & hatchback ni dari design je. Technically ruang dalam sama. Bhgn bonet mgkin sedan luas lagi

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