Transperth Fares

Everything you need to know about our fare system.

How Transperth fares work

Our fare system uses a combination of zones and time limits. Usually, one fare lets you travel anywhere within a certain distance of your starting point until the time limit expires, on any combination of bus, train or ferry services.


Transperth’s public transport service area is divided into nine zones, which are defined by circles centred on Perth city. 

Your fare is calculated based on the number of zones you travel through.

  • If you travel within the one zone, you will be charged a one-zone fare.
  • If you travel over a zone boundary into another zone, you will be charged a two-zone fare.

All journeys on the Transperth system are capped at a two-zone fare.

Download the Transperth Zone Map.

The two-zone fare cap

You can travel anywhere on the Transperth network, up to nine zones, for no more than a two-zone fare.

If you are travelling using a SmartRider, your fare will automatically be capped at two zones

If you purchase a cash ticket, you will still need to select the number of zones you are travelling, however if you select zones two through nine your fare will be capped at the cost of a two-zone fare.

You will also need to consider how long you are able to travel for using your ticket.

Every Sunday Free

Every Sunday, travel is free for all SmartRider holders. Tag on and off as you normally would but notice that your fare is free no matter how far you travel.

Free travel is available on all Transperth bus, train and ferry trips from first service until last service.

The free travel does not apply to late night services after midnight on Saturday.

If you are travelling without a SmartRider you will need to purchase a cash ticket.

SmartRider cards must not be in a negative balance to utilise free travel. 

Time limits

Transperth fares are valid for a limited time and this time varies depending on how far you are travelling:

  • Travelling one to four zones - your fare is valid for two hours
  • Travelling five to nine zones - your fare is valid for three hours
  • The two-section fare is valid for a single one-way journey and cannot be used to transfer between services.

Cash tickets will have an expiry time printed on it. You can ride on any number of bus, train or ferry services to complete your journey provided you get on board before the expiry time.

SmartRider detects your location, calculates travel time and deducts the correct fare from your card balance. All you need do is remember to tag on and off.

The transfer period commences at the time of the ticket purchase or first tag-on of your SmartRider.

Examples of how fares work

Learn more about zones and time limits with these examples of how fares work.

Fares effective 1 July 2023

Standard Fares

Fare Type Cash SmartRider
10% Discount
20% Discount
2 Sections $2.30 $2.07 $1.84
1 Zone $3.40 $3.06 $2.72
2 Zones $5.10 $4.59 $4.08
DayRider $10.30 $10.30 $10.30
FamilyRider* $10.30    


Concession Fares 

Fare Type Cash SmartRider
10% Discount
20% Discount
2 Sections $1.00 $0.90 $0.80
1 Zone $1.50 $1.35 $1.20
2 Zones $2.30 $2.07 $1.84
DayRider $4.60 $4.60 $4.60

All fares GST inclusive. Fares calculated are rounded to the nearest whole cent based on normal rounding convention.

*FamilyRider tickets have time restrictions on when they can be purchased. Visit the special fares page form for more information.

If you're a student find out more about the Student SmartRider here

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Cash Handling Onboard Bus Services

Bus drivers are not handling cash onboard Transperth bus services. As a result, no change will be given if you pay with cash onboard a Transperth bus. If you must pay with cash, then please pay with the exact money.

We strongly recommend if you use cash to buy a fare you consider purchasing a SmartRider card. If you currently add value to your SmartRider onboard a bus, we ask that you use alternative methods of adding value, such as Autoload.

For more information on SmartRider please visit Types of SmartRider.

To find out how much your fare will be please plan your journey here Transperth JourneyPlanner or visit Transperth fares.

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