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“Excellent Service For The Suburban Expanse”
Review of Transwa

Ranked #48 of 167 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
318 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Excellent Service For The Suburban Expanse”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank William B
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“To ride or not to ride”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Not easy to get around the suburbs or suburb to another. Badly planned and not enough carriages for the amount that travel on Transperth... Buses aren't always on time or just don't show up.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Pat H
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Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Out and about in Perth”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Transwa service within the 1 km radius is pretty good with trains running every 15-20 minutes and buses from 15-45minutes. There is a grey clipper which is free and runs in a large square from East to West of Perth.

I would like to see a tourist bus that is free and tells patrons along the journey all the interesting sites around Perth.

Perth has a good Highway and Freeway service around the Metropolitan area. Perth does not have enough taxi from Friday to Sunday evening.

Visited December 2012
Thank crockpot_13
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Williams, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Early mornings??”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you want to get a bus early in the morning its a no go in Perth. we are not early workers apparently. We have the worst public transport to our airports and to catch a taxi costs a mint.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Wangelinggal
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Margaret River, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A good allrounder”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Transwa runs the buses, trains and CATs (free buses) around Perth and Western Australia. In general they provide an excellent service, though locals will moan it's a limited service in certain areas. My only bad experience with them was the Perth to Dunsborough late service on a Friday - the service took an hour longer than it should have and the driver didn't seem at all fussed at how late he was.

Visited December 2012
Thank GypsyGal001
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