Perth uses a variety of transport methods, including cars, buses, trains, ferries, taxis, bicycles, limos and walking. There are two main freeways that meet in the city and they join the northern and southern suburbs. The freeways are called the Kwinana freeway which runs south of the city, and the Mitchell freeway which runs north of the city.
Perth has a modern public transport system that combines the use of trains, buses, ferries and CATS, to reach from one end of the city to the other. Transperth manage all of the public facilities which means that all of the trains, buses, ferries and CATS timetables and tickets compliment each other.
Within the central city area is a free transit zone which allows commuters to travel on either buses or trains for free. Download the Transperth map of the free transit zone. The transit free zone is provided every day of the week and stretches from Kings Park to the Causeway, and Northbridge to the Swan river.
In Australia, cars have right hand drive and drive on the left hand side of the road. Road rules may vary from state to state within Australia. A free booklet on the road rules within Western Australia is available from the Western Australian Police Department. Click here to download a copy of the Drive Safe handbook.
The city has a very efficient highway system that links the city to the major roads servicing the coastal and hills areas surrounding Perth. City speed limits tend to be 50kph (about 30mph) in built up areas and the maximum speed limit in Western Australia is 110Kph (about 70mph), but that is only in country areas. Speed limits are posted on all the roads, if they are not, the speed limit is 50kph. Western Australia uses speed cameras to catch offenders both in the city and country regions. The wearing of seat belts is compulsory where they are fitted.
Western Australia has very strict laws about drink driving. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, with automatic loss of license for blood alcohol levels over 0.08% . Remember not to drink and drive!