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0 Getting from Perth Airport to the City by Bus

30 Jul 2015 | 06:30:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30


This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Unlike most other cities, there is no train connection from Perth Airport to its city centre.  Therefore, there are only 2 viable forms of transport from Perth Airport - either by taxi, or by Perth’s city buses.


Getting to Perth City from the airport by taxi can be an expensive affair, costing up to AUD $40-$50 one way, an acceptable sum if you are travelling in a big group of 4 or 5.  However,  couples like ourselves may want to consider taking the more affordable airport shuttle or public bus.

Perth’s official airport shuttle is the Connect Bus, which operates only out of Terminal 3 that serves the domestic airlines.

How to use Perth’s Connect Bus to get from Perth Airport to Perth City

International travelers will land at Terminal 1.  To get to Terminal 3, there is free airport terminal transfer bus right outside Terminal 1 that will drop you at the bus stop at Terminal 3 where the Connect Bus runs from.  The journey time from T1 to T3 is about 10 to 15 mins.

 
The inside of the Terminal transfer bus.


The Connect Bus cost AUD$15 one way per person and will make 5 stops in Perth City:

  • East Perth train station
  • WA Museum, Beaufort Street
  • Opposite the YHA Backpackers hostel, Wellington Street
  • The Kings Perth Hotel, corner Pier and Hay Streets
  • Ambassador Hotel, Adelaide Terrace


Pre-bookings can be made, but there is no absolute need for it, because tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver and the bus is never full.  Allow about 1 hr travel time to get from Perth Airport T3 to Perth City.

How to use Perth’s public buses to get from Perth Airport to Perth City

For an even cheaper alternative to the Connect Bus, try Perth’s Transperth public bus service.  There are two services running from Perth Airport Terminal 3 (As above, international travelers will still need to take the free airport terminal shuttle bus to get to Terminal 3).   These two services are bus number 37 and 40, running from the same bus stop that the Connect Buses run from.

 
Bus routes of 37 and 40 at the bus stop.

 
The bus routes are also available from the Transperth website or from here for bus numbers 37 and 40. Bus 37 takes a longer route while 40 is more direct.  We therefore chose to take bus 40.

The interior of bus 40.


The cost of taking the public bus is dramatically lower than taking the Connect Bus.  It cost only AUD$4.40 per person for a 2-zone ticket that will bring us to Perth City.


Alighting at our stop outside the Perth Concert Hall.  The journey on bus 40 took about 50 - 60 mins, quite similar to that if we had taken the Connect Bus.


Our hotel (Mercure Perth Hotel) is only a short walk across the road.

The return trip to Perth airport via public bus 37 or 40 is simple enough.  The bus stop is opposite the road from where we dropped off.  Taking the public bus is very cheap and not so difficult after all.


Do consider this option if you are on a budget.
     
Join us in our next few posts as we bring you on an exploration of Perth.

This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Getting a Data Plan and Mobile Phone line in Perth Australia

27 Jul 2015 | 20:58:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30


This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

For those of us who need to be continuously connected to the internet whether for work or leisure purposes even during a vacation, do consider buying a pre-paid mobile and data plan at the airport.

The best data plan deal that we could find in Australia was from Optus Australia.


For AUD $2 a day, we get a 500MB data plan plus unlimited calls and text to any Australian mobile or landline.  The data plan served us very well in keeping us up to date with our  commitments in Singapore and communicating with relatives in Australia.  Check out the Optus pre-paid website for their latest pre-paid plan deals.


Optus is available at the Perth Airport Terminal 1 where the international flights such as Scoot land.


There’s Vodafone available just beside Optus, but as you can judge from the crowd, Vodafone is currently not offering any deals as sweet as its competitor Optus.


All we needed to do was to walk in to any Optus shop and purchase the pre-paid mobile plan for the number of days that you need (it will naturally come with a a SIM card and an Australian mobile number).  Activation of the SIM card can be at a later date. You can either activate the card by loggin on to their website or sending an sms to a pre-determined number.  Recharging or topping up your pre-paid plan is easy - either go online, or call them or walk back into any Optus shop to do so.


Our Optus Prepaid Mobile Plan had served us very well for the 6 days that we were in Perth.  Our only grouse was that the connection was poor or sometimes non-existent at places far away from the city, for instance, at the Australian outback and desert areas where the Wave Rock and Pinnacles were.

Join us next as we explore Perth.

This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Perth 6 Days 5 Nights Trip Report and Itinerary

24 Jul 2015 | 06:30:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30 - May 5

We took advantage of the Labour Day holiday long weekend to travel to Perth for a short trip down under!

Here's our itinerary! Do stay tuned as we update the links!

Updated 27 July 2015

Day 1 - Thu (Apr 30)

0930 - Check in Flight
1030 - Early Brunch
1230 - Board Flight TZ 8 to Perth
1725 - Arrive at Perth Airport Terminal 1
1800 - Buy Prepaid Card from Optus
1830 - Board free terminal transfer bus to Terminal 3
1900 - Board Public Bus No 40 to City
1940 - Alight at St Georges Terrace Stand N (After Victoria Av)
1930 - Check-in Mercure Perth Hotel
2000 - Dinner
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 2 - Fri (May 1)

0715 - Rise and shine
0827 - Train from Perth Station to Freemantle Station
0851 - Reach Freemantle Station
0900 - Breakfast
0930 - Rottnest Express to Rottnest Island
1015 - Reach Rottnest Island
1030 - Board Island Explorer Service
1042 - Reach Stop 6 Little Salmon Bay
1128 - Board Bus at Stop 7 Salmon Bay
1150 - Reach Stop 11 West End (Timed stop)
1200 - Lunch
1305 - Board Bus at Stop 11 West End (Timed stop)
1321 - Reach Stop 17 Little Armstrong Bay
1437 - Board Bus at Stop 18 Little Parakeet Bay
1445 - Reach Stop 1 Main Bus Stop
1625 - Rottnest Express to Freemantle
1700 - Explore Freemantle
1800 - Dinner
1945 - Train from Freemantle Station to Perth Station
2011 - Reach Perth Station
2030 - Back to Hotel

Day 3 - Sat (May 2)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Day Trip
    - Visit Caversham Wildlife Park (Swan Valley)
    - Visit the Lobster Shack (Live Lobster processing plant)
1300 - Lunch @ Lobster Shack
   - Visit Pinnacles Desert
   - Visit Lancelin Sand Dunes
1930 - Drop off at Perth City
2000 - Dinner
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 4 - Sun (May 3)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Day Trip
   - Visit York Town
   - Visit Dog Cemetery
   - Visit Hippos Yawn
1200 - Buffet Lunch @ Wildflower Shop
   - Visit Wave Rock and Gnamma Holes
   - Visit Wildlife Park or Antique Lace Collection
   - Visit The Humps and Mulka’s Cave
1500 - Afternoon Tea @ Babakin
2030 - Drop off at Perth City
2100 - Dinner
2200 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Mon (May 4)

0630 - Rise and shine
0700 - Breakfast
0730 - Visit St Mary Cathedral
1000 - Visit Watertown Outlet Centre
1200 - Lunch
1300 - Shopping @ City
2000 - Dinner
2100 - Back to Hotel

Day 5 - Tue (May 5)

0800 - Rise and shine
0830 - Breakfast
0900 - Visit Bell Tower
1200 - Lunch
1300 - Last Minute shopping
1527 - Board Perth Airport Connect to Airport
1600 - Board free terminal transfer bus to Terminal 1
1615 - Check in Flight
1700 - Early Dinner @ Airport
1835 - Board Flight TZ 7 to Singapore
2345 - Reach Singapore


We hope our itinerary do help you in your planning for a quick getaway trip to Perth. Do share with us if you have any comments on the itinerary! :) 




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0 Airline Review: Fly Scoot from Singapore to Perth

21 Jul 2015 | 21:17:00

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30


This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

This marks our fourth flight with Scoot - We have taken Scoot to Gold Coast, Sydney and lastly Taipei earlier this year.   This flight to Perth also marks our second flight this year with Scoot.


It seems that Scoot has become a regular feature of our budget vacations these days.  Not surprising, because fares on Scoot can get pretty low.  Look out for Scoot’s Morning Glory every Tuesday mornings where prices to various destinations get slashed.  Another way is to look for coupons and deals online. There are a wide variety of fashion and lifestyle deals online, that it has become quite impossible not to find a discount code for something you want.

Seamless Check-in

We are growing to love every single moment of our time with Scoot. From check-in to boarding, everything was as seamless as a full service airline.

Brand New Dreamliner Cabin

What got us really excited was Scoot’s brand new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.


We were one of the lucky first few to enjoy the new-look cabin and experience the new facilities on board the Boeing 787 to Perth! The seats are touted to be roomier and more comfortable!

 
The most fascinating improvement of this Boeing 787 Dreamliner was its tinted windows.  I’ve always loved a window seat at the aircraft for its wonderful view outside.  However, as much as I liked the view, the glare of the sun and the UV rays always irritates me, and I end up having to shut the windows.  With these button-controlled windows in place, I can safely enjoy the view outside without the harmful effects of the sun on my face. Perfect for a lady!

 
Look at the difference between a darkened window and one which is not.


There are even different degrees of shade you can choose based on your preference.  The best part of this feature is that it is controlled centrally during take-off and landing - I need not be disturbed during my nap to pull up the window shades.  Perfect!


Buttons on the arm rest are now more visible and accessible.


As with all other Scoot flights, the leg space was always more than sufficient for us.


Safety Information Cards.


Brand new magazines and catalogues.

            

Improvement needed for Food Quality

One of those aspects that Scoot need to improve on is the quality of the food on board.  It is a little expensive for the quantity served, not to mention that other low-cost carriers serve better-tasting food.

 
Our order of a Chicken Ham and Cheese Croissant came up to 9 bucks!


Fortunately we get a free drink due to an on-going UOB credit card promotion.


Playing with the shades of my window during flight time.  I wish all aircraft come fitted with this technology!

The Return Flight

Coming back from Perth International Airport is equally seamless and fuss-free.


Fortunately there was no delay in flight timings.


Goodbye, Perth!


Join us next as we bring you on an exploration of Perth.

This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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