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Perth Getting Around
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Public Transport

Perth’s integrated, resourceful metropolitan public transport system is called Transperth:

Telephone: 136 213
Facsimile: (08) 9320 9545
Email address: enquiries@transperth.wa.gov.au
Website address: www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Buses, ferries and trains display the Transperth colours and passengers can transfer between services on one ticket. Timetable and ticket information is obtainable at the Transperth InfoCentres at Plaza Arcade, Wellington Street bus station, Perth City Busport and Perth Railway Station.

Bus services operate daily from 6.00 am to 11.30 pm. Central Area Transit (CAT) buses are free and operate on 3 different routes around the City and Northbridge.

Transperth trains run from Perth Railway Station to Currambine in the north, Armadale in the south, Midland in the east and Fremantle in the west (weekdays from 5.30 am to 12.00 am). During summer trains run until 3.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and in winter until 2.00 am.

Ferries operate between Perth at Barrack Street jetty across the Swan River to Mends Street jetty in South Perth. Services are between 7.00 am and 7.15 pm (until 9.30 pm on Friday and Saturday).

The fare structure for all forms of transport is based on 8 zones, a 2 zone ride costs A $2.90. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or coin operated machines at train stations and ferry terminals.

Prepaid and cheaper FastCards, including A $7.30 DayRider and MultiRider tickets, A $24.65 for a book of 10 2 zone tickets, are available for purchase in advance from newsagents and InfoCentres.

Taxis

Reasonably priced, meter operated taxis gather at transport terminals, hotels and taxi ranks, and can also be hailed in the street. Booking by phone is possible with Black & White Taxis (telephone: (08) 9333 3333) or Swan Taxis (telephone: 131 330).

Black & White Taxis charge an initial A $2.90 hire fee, from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm weekdays, or A $4.20 all other times, as well as a further A $1.17 per kilometre. Tipping is generally not required unless the service is exceptional, although rounding up to the nearest Dollar is always pleasing.

Limousines

Central Park Limousines (telephone: (08) 9409 3660) and Executive Limousine Company (telephone: (08) 9448 5135) both provide a limousine service. Hire starts at approximately A $100 per hour.

Driving in the City

Traffic moves relatively quickly in central Perth except during very wet conditions (the rainy season is May to August), when a combination of caution and accidents slows down the traffic significantly.

A traditional bottleneck, the aptly named Narrows Bridge, linking South Perth to the city, was doubled in size in mid 2000 and no longer causes a problem. The new tunnel under Northbridge, on the Graham Farmer freeway, also has considerably reduced traffic through the city.

Parking stations
are marked by the CPP symbol and are situated in Pier Street, Hay Street, Murray Street and Mounts Bay Road, with parking available at a cost of approximately A $4 per hour.

Available at staffed car parks, the Perth Parkcard (telephone: (08) 9461 3236) is an alternative to change as a means of payment at outdoor parking stations.

Car Rental

All major car rental companies have offices in Perth, including:

Avis
Address: 46 Hill Street
Telephone: (08) 9325 7677
Website address: www.avis.com

Hertz

Address: 39 Milligan Street
Telephone: (08) 9321 7777
Website address: www.hertz.com

The minimum age for hiring a car is generally 21 years. A credit card is necessary, as is an International Driving Permit (in English). Rates start from A $61 per day and insurance is not included in the price of hire, this costs an extra A $83.

Bicycle Hire and Scooter Hire

Perth has many cycle routes that are amusing to navigate. Bicycle helmets should be worn at all times. Providers include:

About Bike Hire
Address: Carpark, Riverside Drive
Telephone: (08) 9221 2665

Canning Bridge Cycles
Address: 886 Canning Highway, Applecross
Telephone: (08) 9364 1733

Boat Torque 2000
Address: Barrack Street, Pier Four
Telephone: (08) 9221 5844

Hire is approximately A $20 a day