Perth is one of the largest cities in the world not by population but caused by an out of control suburban sprawl. (Area is bigger than Tokyo, London & Los Angeles combined) For a smaller populated city ( Perth has less than 2 million) this has caused nightmares for the city planners who are trying to placate all comers. But speaking purely for the tourists the city of Perth caters beautifully for those who want to get around and about fairly cheaply compared to city transport costs in both European and American cities (London is ridiculously expensive). The train service extends over 100 kms from Joondalup in the northern suburbs to Mandurah in the south and Midland and Armadale 30 kms to the East. This is a big area to cover and when linked to conjoining bus services, all are fairly well catered for. In the city precinct, for the tourist there are CAT buses which are free of charge which will get them to most sites in the city area and the 50km or so either north or south by rail is both cheap and convenient. When compared to cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong etc there is no comparison but when compared to cities of a similar population Perth commuters and tourists would have very little to complain about. All the stations along the route are clean and at this stage reasonably grafitti free. (I have just returned from Europe and Grafitti is a disaster on the public transport systems). I make extensive use of public transport both in Perth and when travelling overseas and value for money and clever usage make Transwa a cheap and easy mode of transport particularly for the visitor who knows how to use it. All information and schedules are easily obtainable on website and are extremely easy to follow.
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