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Swan Valley Explorer Hop On/Hop Off Service - Review

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published November 21st 2018
Go on a road trip around the Swan Valley
Swan Valley Explorer Bus
There's no missing this colourful bus at the Guildford Train Station


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.

Swan Valley Explorer Bus
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.

Swan Valley Explorer Bus
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.

Swan Valley Explorer Bus
Experience the beautiful countryside


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.

Swan Valley Explorer Bus
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.

Swan Valley Explorer Bus
We got to the cuddly animal farm!


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.
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Why? Hop on and hop off the Swan Valley Explorer Bus and see as much or as little of the Swan Valley that you would like in a single day.
When: Bus services depart from Guildford Train Station every 30 minutes every Saturday, Sunday and on Public Holidays from 10.10am to 5.15pm. The service runs on reduced hours Monday through to Friday.
Phone: 1300 551 687
Where: The Swan Valley Explorer Bus operates in a circuit route that departs and arrives daily from the Guildford Train Station.
Cost: The Hop On Hop Off Swan Valley Explorer bus service costs $20 for Adults, $15 for Concession and $15 for Children.
Your Comment
What a great idea! I'll be sure to check that out next time I'm in Perth!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3131) 57 days ago
I'm keen to check this out. Thanks Marisa.
by Amanda I (score: 2|533) 53 days ago
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