Getting around in Perth

Perth is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable places to live in the whole of Australia. The new kid on the block in many ways, Perth is relaxed compared to other metros and yet still has so much going for it.  Getting around Perth is one of the dilemmas that faces anyone migrating to the Western Australian City, so here is a quick guide to transport.


The first point of entry for many people about to start a new life, Perth airport serves a growing number of domestic and international routes. Situated just over 10km away from the main business district the airport is serviced by public transport and a number of private shuttle services as well as private taxis.

Public Transport

Transperth is the public transport network for Perth and is one of the best in the world. Transperth is a superb and efficient network of trains and buses that has made the City one of the most accessible in Australia.

The Transperth Network consists of 6 main railway lines to and from Midland, Armadale-Thornlie, Fremantle, Joondalup, and Mandura with trains from from 5am till 2am all week. The rail network is extremely efficient and during rush hour is one of the most used and trusted modes of transport.

Bus Routes link the central suburbs of Perth and interlink with the rail network. There are superb bus connections to and from Perth, Fremantle, and Joondalup. Many people may not be aware of the free Central Transit Area (CAT) buses than run during the day that are superb for short shopping trips or being a tourist.

Both trains and buses have smart rider cards that offer a 25% on travel and are a smart alternative to buying a ticket every day.

Private Transport

Having a car in Perth is a must as the City is vast and of course a car provides more freedom than public transport. Many overseas drivers licenses are permissible, as long as they are in English, in Perth and this is a plus for many new migrants.  However, should you have or if you are applying for permanent residence a local driving permit should be applied for within three months of arrival in Perth. Depending on where you are from the process and requirements for applying for a local driving permit may differ.

Generally, the process for applying for a local driving permit can require:

Verification of  current overseas license

Eyesight test

Road or transport theory test

Practical driving test


The process is very straight forward, however for more details about driving in Perth speak to your migration agent.

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