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Travel to Perth
Perth is a beautiful place, but is also one of the world’s most isolated cities. However, it is well-serviced by approximately 13 different international airlines, some of which operate multiple daily services. Perth is around 24 flying hours from New York, 18 hours from London and LA, 16 hours from Frankfurt, 10 hours from Dubai and South Africa, 7 hours from Hong Kong and approximately 5 hours from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The Perth Domestic and International airports are about 11 km and 16 km North-East of the CBD, respectively. They are easily accessible by car, taxi, train and bus. Taxi is probably the preferred option if there is more than one person, or if you have luggage.
Airport Central Station is located at Terminals 1 and 2 at Perth Airport and is just 18 minutes from the CBD. Trains are operating every 12 minutes in peak, every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night. There is a cap on fares with Transperth so you will pay no more than $5 (even less if using a SmartRider). Cash tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at train stations or SmartRider cards are available to buy from retail sales outlets across Perth, including the Smart Carte at Terminal 1, Perth Airport.
Taxi ranks are outside the terminal buildings, and fares are ~$30-35 from the domestic airport to CBD, ~$40-$50 from the international airport to CBD. Be aware of the a significant distance between the International (Terminal 1) and Domestic (Terminals 2 and 3) terminals if you are meeting someone.
The Perth Airport City Shuttle has several convenient pick-up points located near hotels, motels and hostels across Perth. At Terminal 1 (international), the shuttle meets every arrival within 45 minutes of customs clearance and at the domestic terminals it meets each domestic arrival within 30 minutes of luggage collection. Phone: (+61 8 9277 7958)
Transperth Bus 37 departs outside the domestic arrivals terminal, travelling to Perth city centre via St. Georges Terrace (transfer time ~40 mins). Buses leave the airport every ~30 mins during the day, hourly after 6PM, and all day Sunday.
In Perth, taxis and taxi drivers are regulated as are the fares charged. Taxi rank locations are conveniently located in several locations around the city and two supervised ranks operate in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Taxis can also be flagged down from the curbside.
The street addresses for ICRAR locations are:
- ICRAR-UWA: Ken and Julie Michael Building, 7 Fairway, Crawley
- ICRAR-Curtin: Brodie-Hall Building, 1 Turner Avenue, Bentley
- Black and white taxis: 13 10 08
- Coastal Tricolour Cabs: 13 22 27
- Swan Taxis: 13 13 30
- Yellow Cabs: 13 19 24
- Maxi Purpose Taxis: 13 62 94
Buses and Trains
Perth is separated into concentric travel zones centered on the CBD. All CAT bus and train travel within the CBD are free, however travel to UWA, Curtin or Fremantle will cost about $2-$3.
Visit Transperth for schedules and maps. Transperth bus and train routes are well integrated with Google Maps and the public transport directions option.
All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Participants can obtain a ‘Electronic Travel Authority‘ if eligible, or search for visas they may be eligible for. Most participants should be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which costs $20 and is valid for one year. The online confirmation usually takes 24—48 hours but we encourage participants to apply a few weeks prior to their departure date. Please use the direct immigration link we provide to avoid any potential scams. We can provide a ‘letter of invitation’ to invited visitors on request.
Perth’s climate is mild and similar to that of the Mediterranean. Forecasts and historic temperature data can be accessed through the Bureau of Meteorology website. Umbrellas might also be useful during Winter and Spring as there is a good chance of rainfall.
Useful WA tourism information. Western Australia is famous for its spectacular display of wildflowers in early spring, and Kings Park holds an annual wildflowers festival in September.