How to Reach Rottnest Island, Australia

The Easiest Way 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.

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Modes of Transportation in Rottnest Island

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: 21.64 km Average time: 39.52 min

  • Car 65.33%
    Driving 34.8 min Walking 0.41 min Waiting 0.1 min Overall average time for 23.94 kms 35.31 min
  • Train/Metro 8%
    Train 28.17 min Waiting 7.33 min Bus 5.67 min Walking 5.33 min Other 5.33 min Overall average time for 31.5 kms 51.83 min
  • Bike 1.33%
    Bike 25 min Overall average time for 6.6 kms 25 min
  • Walking 12%
    Walking 40.33 min Train 5.11 min Driving 3.89 min Bus 3.22 min Waiting 2.89 min Overall average time for 8.61 kms 55.44 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 5.33%
    Bus 22.5 min Waiting 8.75 min Walking 4.25 min Bike 3.75 min Other 1.25 min Overall average time for 11.75 kms 40.5 min

How to Reach Rottnest Island from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Hillarys to Rottnest Island 27.44 km 27 mins
Murdoch to Rottnest Island 30.05 km 1 hour 9 mins
Duncraig to Rottnest Island 30.94 km 30 mins
Perth to Rottnest Island 38.1 km 38 mins
Menora to Rottnest Island 38.69 km 38 mins
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