How to Reach Rottnest Island


People usually get to Perth first however they can. You can fly into the international Perth Airport; take the Indian Pacific trans-continental train from Sydney, reach Fremantle Port by ship or boat; or drive into town.

Check the Perth City Page on TripHobo for fuller details. To get to Rottnest from Perth, though:

  • By Air: From Jandakot Airport in Perth, you can take the Rottnest Air Taxi. The flight is less than 15 minutes, and operates on demand. It’s expensive though.
  • By Boat: You can take the daily ferry to Rottnest from Fremantle Port (25 minutes), Hillarys Boat Harbour (45 minutes) or from Perth (90 minutes).


Privates cars are not allowed on the island.

  • By Bus: A hop-on-hop-off bus service runs around Rottnest Island’s major attractions. You can check its schedule online.
  • By Cycle: You can rent a cycle at the island. Ask for details at the Visitor Centre.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Rottnest Island. The most preferred mode of transport in Rottnest Island is Car.

Average distance: 21.03 km Average time: 39.26 min

  • Car 63.22%
    Driving 34.29 min Walking 0.36 min Waiting 0.09 min Overall average time for 24.07 kms 34.75 min
  • Train/Metro 8.05%
    Train 27 min Waiting 7.71 min Walking 5.29 min Bus 4.86 min Other 4.57 min Overall average time for 29.14 kms 49.43 min
  • Bike 2.3%
    Bike 27.5 min Overall average time for 6.8 kms 27.5 min
  • Walking 12.64%
    Walking 39.36 min Train 4.18 min Driving 3.82 min Bus 2.64 min Waiting 2.36 min Overall average time for 7.59 kms 52.36 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 6.9%
    Bus 28.33 min Waiting 12.83 min Walking 4.17 min Bike 2.5 min Other 0.83 min Overall average time for 13.05 kms 48.67 min
Route Distance Time
Ocean reef to Rottnest Island 27.26 km 27 mins
Alkimos to Rottnest Island 27.29 km 27 mins
Hillarys to Rottnest Island 27.44 km 27 mins
East fremantle to Rottnest Island 27.78 km 27 mins
Rockingham to Rottnest Island 27.85 km 27 mins
Bicton to Rottnest Island 29.83 km 29 mins
Duncraig to Rottnest Island 30.94 km 30 mins
Murdoch to Rottnest Island 36.15 km 36 mins
Success to Rottnest Island 37.2 km 37 mins
Perth to Rottnest Island 38.1 km 38 mins
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