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Published August 24th 2015
You don’t have to rely on expensive taxis
I travel overseas a few times a year and always bemoan the lack of a train service at Perth Airport. The last time I flew in from Bali, I arrived around lunch time on a sunny Sunday. Usually I get a taxi home which costs at least $65, but I had nothing urgent get back for so I decided to catch public transport to Fremantle.
Fremantle Railway Station
It was 1pm when I got out of the International Airport and a free shuttle bus to the Domestic Terminal was just pulling up. I jumped on and 15 minutes later I was dropped outside T4 near the public bus stop. A number 37 bus (which goes to Kings Park) was already there. I told the driver where I wanted to go and he advised me to get off at Burswood and catch the train to Perth, then change onto the Fremantle line. A through ticket cost me $4.50.
The bus was pretty busy once we got into the suburbs as it stops at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. I chatted to a man who'd had an operation on his right arm and was on his way to Cash Converters to see how much they'd give him for his bowling ball as he couldn't play bowls anymore.
The driver told me and a guy called Norman when to get off the bus. Norman, who works in the shipping industry in Melbourne, was going to Fremantle for work. We walked across a bridge to the railway station and waited eight minutes for a train to Perth. This train was busy as the West Coast Eagles were playing at Subiaco, but everyone was in a buoyant mood. The man sitting next to me saw my luggage and asked me where I'd been. He then confessed that he was seeing a psychologist to help him get over a fear of flying that he'd developed after someone he knew was killed in a light aircraft.
At Perth Railway Station, Norman and I changed platforms and had three minutes to wait until the train left. This train was packed with football supporters, but most people got off at the next stop so we only had to stand for a short way. When we got to Fremantle, I gave Norman directions to his hotel and got onto a waiting number 99 bus, which dropped me at the end of my street.
I got home at 3pm, having seen areas of Perth that I wouldn't normally visit, met some interesting people and saved myself at least $60 on a taxi fare. If you don't have much luggage, are travelling during the daytime and don't have to get home in a hurry, I recommend taking public transport from Perth Airport.
Thanks for the great tip. I am using the brandnew Terminal 1 and taking bus route 380 right outsite T1 to Espalanade, then a short train/taxi ride to Fremantle. Great way to see the city and save $. The driver is also very nice.
Yep I FIFO and I'm sick of paying for taxis too.. last time I took the bus/train/bus option back to Dianella and it was much more of an adventure! Found a new bar in the City for lunch and just took my time. Saved about $40 in the process. But seriously, where's our damn airport train!?!?!
Yes we came back from Melbourne jumped on the bus public at airport to the train station trained to butler then bus to yanchep nothing for my husband as he had a seniors and about eight dollars or there about for me a taxi would have been very expensive
You could of also got off at the bus inter change near causeway and got bus 106 direct to Fremantle ,same price maybe much quicker . Yes its so much cheaper to get bus from international to domestic then bus 37 to city
Zone 2 $4.40ow
Can't beat that price but I've used the shuttle bus (about $12) from the International terminal - had a nice excursion around many suburbs I've never seen, as Perth railway station is one of the last stops. This took about an hour but from there I got my usual train/bus connection - free for seniors.