On October 29 2018, a new hop on hop off bus service for the Swan Valley was launched in the hope that it would encourage more tourists to visit the region's numerous wineries and tourist attractions. A circuit route has been something that the local community has been demanding for a long time. The Swan Valley has so much to offer tourists and now there is finally a bus service that links many of the region's key destinations together.
The Swan Valley Explorer Bus is run by the bus company Adams. It departs from the Guildford Train Station every 30 minutes every Saturday and Sunday and on Public Holidays with the first service starting at 10.10am and the last service leaving at 5.15pm. The bus runs on reduced hours Monday to Friday.
Purchase your tickets online or on the bus and then hop on board
There is a Blue Bus Route and an Orange Bus Route. Both of them have over 20 stops. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for concession and $15 for children. Your ticket is valid for the whole day. You can hop on and hop off the bus as many times as you like and go on your own self-guided tour of the Swan Valley. The full circuit loop takes approximately 1.5 hours. After you've finished exploring the valley, public transport back toward Perth is simple. You can jump onto the Midland Line which departs from the Guildford Train station at regular intervals.
One thing that you will notice is that there are signs on the back of each of the seats with the Adams business logo and a barcode on them. How these work is you scan the barcode with your phone and it will bring up a webpage on your phone where you will be able to post a review of the bus and see on a map where the buses currently are along the circuit route. You will find these signs at each of the tourist destinations. I found them really useful.
Scan this barcode with your phone to bring up a map that will show you where your nearest bus is
I live close by to the Swan Valley but do not drive. When they announced this bus service, I was intrigued. I adore the Swan Valley but without access to a car, it can be difficult for me to visit a lot of my favourite places. After doing some research online about this new bus service, I decided to give it a go. I planned to get on the Orange Route and visit a couple of places.
When you arrive in Guildford there is no missing where the Swan Valley Explorer busses are. The Blue Line and Orange Line are both parked directly across from the Guildford Train Station. The buses are bright and colourful and covered in pictures of animals and have the name Swan Valley Explorer written on them.
Visit wineries and art galleries and cafes and restaurants
You can purchase tickets in advance online or on the bus itself by card only. I purchased mine on the bus. The bus is like a typical Transperth bus except there are televisions hanging from the roof showing you where you're going and advertising tourist locations in the Swan Valley and a recorded voice that gives announcements.
I was really impressed with the Swan Valley Explorer Bus. I've been to the Swan Valley loads of times but I haven't visited all the tourist destinations yet. Our bus took us to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm and Whistlers Chocolate Factory. I had a lot of fun. I'm already planning our next road trip. I can't wait.
For more information about the Swan Valley Explorer Bus and to view timetables CLICK HERE. For information about pricing and to purchase tickets online CLICK HERE.