How to Get Around Perth, Western Australia’s Largest City
The capital of Western Australia, Perth offers an exciting mix of cosmopolitan pleasures and verdant scenery.
A gateway to the famous Margaret River region of lush vineyards, Perth is also near historic Fremantle and Rottnest island, known for rich wildlife and pristine beaches.
Bookmark our handy guide to learn how to get around Perth and get the most out of your visit.
Travelling from Perth Airport to the City
Public transportation out of Perth airport can be tricky because it has no rail line to the city. Depending on how much time you have to get downtown, choose from a private charter vehicle, taxi, or bus.
Private charter vehicles may be ideal if you are on a tight schedule or with a group. Drivers will meet and escort you to your vehicle. Vehicle services include Exceed Chauffeur Services (+61 410 669 525) and GranTourismo Range Rover (+61 419 998 887).
Prefer to hail a cab? Taxi stands are located outside each terminal. Or dial +61 131 008 for Black and White Cabs that serve Perth, or +61 13 13 30 for Swan Taxis. Uber is also available in Perth.
Consider airport bus services to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station downtown if you are not in a hurry. Transperth bus 380 travels from terminals 1 and 2, and bus 40 runs from terminals 3 and 4 to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station.
Getting Around Perth City: Bus, Car, Train, and Taxi Options
Clean and safe, Perth’s public transit system is formed by an extensive network of buses, trains, and ferries.
Government-operated under Transperth, Perth’s railway system and buses allow you to travel with a reusable SmartRider card that cuts 15%-25% off regular fares. SmartRider cards are available at Transperth Information Centres and retail outlets across town.
If you are staying downtown, you can also hop on and off the free Central Area Transit (CAT) buses that run daily in the city centre. CAT bus stops also have real-time route information that keeps you informed about bus arrival times.
Similarly, travel for free on any bus within the city’s free transit zone (FTZ). When travelling outside the Perth FTZ, however, do buy a ticket on board or pay with a SmartRider card.
Taxi stands are also located conveniently around the city. If you prefer to travel on water, you could catch the scenic Transperth ferry service between Elizabeth Quay Jetty and Mends St Jetty near the Perth Zoo. This ferry route runs long hours daily.
Getting To Know Perth’s Weather
Unlike cities in Australia’s southern tip, Perth weather is generally mild and comfortable. Dry and balmy summer falls between December to February as Perth is in the southern hemisphere. Temperatures range from 18°C to 30°C (64°F to 86°F) then, with breezy afternoons blowing the heat away.
Autumn in Perth from March to May is marked by warm, sunny days and comfortably cool nights. Temperatures fall between 14°C to 26°C (57°F to 79°F) with evening temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C (50°F). Occasional showers and humidity can crop up in autumn, however, so bring your favourite umbrella.
Rain and thunderstorms are common in winter, from June to August. Temperatures may fluctuate more widely during this season, so do dress in layers including a waterproof outer layer if possible. It can get quite chilly at night with temperatures running from 8°C to 19°C (47°F to 66°F) in winter.
Spring arrives in Perth from September to November with sunny days and little rain. Daily temperatures range from 12°C to 23°C (53°F to 73°F). Wildflowers blossom in Perth’s parks and gardens at this time, so if you suffer from hay fever, pop your medication in your luggage!
Where To Eat and Drink in Perth
Image: Pan Pacific Perth
Perfect for a meal with a colleague or client, Montereys Restaurant at Pan Pacific Perth serves Australian and international cuisines at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our chefs’ offerings include fresh salads, homemade soups, Asian-inspired hot dishes, daily selections from a live cooking station, and a dessert bar with sweet treats. Notable grill items include rib eye on the bone, beef fillet, wagyu rump, and lamb rack.
If you are feeling hungry from all that travelling, check out the CBD for dining options. You’ll find award-winning restaurants opened by top chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Matt Stone.
Popular restaurants near our hotel include Friends Restaurant with modern Australian fine dining. Located in Fortescue Centre, it’s top-ranked in East Perth by TripAdvisor users and offers a stunning Swan River view. Trained in Lyon, France, chef Frederic Verschoore has worked in multiple Michelin-starred restaurants.
Modern southern Mediterranean cuisine can be found at The Partisan in East Perth. Dinner specials include rabbit and rosemary terrine, duck liver parfait, roasted half chermoula chicken, and pomegranate braised lamb. And for northern and southern Indian cuisine, hit up Balti, open 365 days a year. Balti also welcomes functions and parties of up to 110 people.
Where to Shop in Perth
Shopping for souvenirs in Perth? Check out the city’s Murray and Hay Street Malls, West End and Wesley Quarter, and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre.
For a trip out of the city, consider spending your Aussie dollars in suburban shopping locations such as Subiaco, Claremont, Cottesloe, and Fremantle. Scoot down from Perth via the Fremantle train that Experience Perth recommends. Peruse the Visit Perth City website for their comprehensive shop directory.
If you’re tired of brick-and-mortar shops, hit up a weekend market for fresh local farm produce and savour the taste of Western Australia. You may also wish to pick up some handmade gifts for your friends back home.
Where To Catch Up On Event Listings and News in Perth
Grab a ticket to an event in Perth this weekend, or catch a local live performance during your travel dates with tips from Visit Perth City and Experience Perth. These websites come updated with regular event listings of exhibitions, markets, film screenings, performances, and other festivals and community activities.
PerthNow, The West Australian, and WA Today are also indispensable go-to sources of Perth updates before your trip. Beyond these, you could also do a quick scroll through Google News’ Perth page to get you up to speed on local events on the go.
No time to do your own research? Simply drop by Pan Pacific Perth’s concierge desk to seek the expert opinions of our Les Clefs d’Or Concierges.
Perth city shopping hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday: 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday: noon to 6:00pm.
Fremantle shopping hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 7:00pm, Friday: 8:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Where To Stay In Perth For Business Travel
Image: Pan Pacific
Last but certainly not least, you will need a comfortable place to stay. Business travellers can take advantage of the central location of our 486-room Pan Pacific Perth, situated on the Swan River in the main business district.
Take a close look at the LED interactive televisions, iPhone docking stations, high-speed Wi-Fi, and new fittings and lighting in the bathrooms. Following a recent refurbishment exercise, the hotel’s Premier Rooms and suites now come with award-winning HASSELL interior designs.
Featuring the warm hues of the Pacific Rim, our newly refreshed lobby and business centre contains Mac computers, printing facilities, a conference table, and lounges for meetings. You can enjoy complimentary WiFi at our entire hotel and lobby areas, or chat our with our friendly and knowledgeable Lobby Ambassadors if you need help with travel recommendations.
Have a good stay at the City of Light. Welcome to Perth!