Perth Airport (PER) Guide
About Perth Airport
Perth Airport (PER) is the fourth busiest airport in Australia. It serves many domestic and international destinations and offers Australia’s first direct flight to Europe from the west coast, with the 17-hour, non-stop Qantas service to London. Perth Airport consists of two terminal precincts, T1/T2 and T3/T4, which are separated by a short, 15-minute drive. Click here for cheap flights to Perth.
What facilities are at Perth Airport?
Terminals at Perth Airport
Perth Airport has two distinct precincts, and it’s a good idea to orient yourself with the airport layout to save any unexpected dashes from one side of Perth airport to the other. There are four terminals in total and, unlike other major flight hubs in Australia, Perth airport is not simply divided into ‘domestic’ and ‘international’.
Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (T1/T2)
Terminals 1 and 2 are on the eastern side of the airport. This is the hub from which most most international flights and all Virgin Australia, Tigerair and Regional Express (Rex) flights operate. You’ll find that T1 is further split into domestic and international zones, which connect to each other.
Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 (T3/T4)
Terminals 3 and 4 are on the other side of the airport and are accessed accessed from Brearley Avenue, just off the Great Eastern and Tonkin Highway Interchange. These two interconnected terminals is the point from which you’ll catch all Qantas domestic flights as well as the new non-stop Qantas flight to London. This is also the precinct from which flights depart for Singapore and Auckland, and all Jetstar domestic flights take off from T3.
Within Perth Airport you’ll find a wide range of services and facilities including restaurants, fashion boutiques – as well as all the essentials such as check-in.
Check-in requirements will differ between airlines, so it’s best to contact the airline you’ll be flying with to confirm how early you need to arrive at the airport and what the baggage restrictions may be, for example.
At Perth Airport, check-in areas are located on the ground floor of each terminal.
If you’re departing Perth Airport, it’s a good idea to check the baggage allowances with your airline before you fly, as mentioned above. If you’re unsure about the weight of your baggage, you’ll be able to take advantage of the baggage weigh scales found at all terminals in the check-in zones, to help you avoid incurring excess baggage charges.
Is there a currency exchange?
There are several Travelex foreign currency exchange stores at Perth Airport, located in both airport precincts. Another easy option is to pre-purchase your foreign currency, traveller cheques and more at your local Travel Money Oz to collect before you head to the airport.
What are the other services and facilities?
Transport and terminal transfers
What’s the best way to get to and from Perth Airport?
If you’re arriving at or departing from Perth, there are several different ways to travel to and from Perth Airport. Below you’ll find a brief overview of your transport options.
Whether Perth is merely the beginning of an epic Western Australia road trip, or you just feel more comfortable having your own set of wheels, car hire is an excellent idea. Your Flight Centre Travel Expert can arrange your Perth car hire for you, or you can do it yourself direct through Perth Airport. Your car will be ready and waiting for you at the airport, with car hire counters located at all four terminals. You’ll find a wide array of cars available for rent, including compact, midsize, luxury and 4WD vehicles.
Perth Airport parking
Parking at Perth Airport can be broken down into Long Term parking, Short Term parking, Fast Track parking and Regional Terminals parking.
Long Term: For longer stays, you’ll find convenient Long Term parking locations at both the T1/T2 and T3/T4 airport precincts. There’s a free shuttle bus from Long Term car parks to the terminals, which runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Short Term: If you want to leave your car at the airport while you jet off to another WA destination for a few days, short term parking is ideal. These car parks are closer to the terminals than Long Term parking, located just a couple of minutes away.
Fast Track: This is Perth Airport parking at its most convenient, although you’ll pay a little extra for the privilege. Fast Track Business Parking is the airport’s premier T3/T4 car park, just a 1-minute walk to check-in. You don’t have to be travelling for business, however. The Fast Track car park is also perfect if you’re taking a holiday and just want to park as close to the terminal as you can. Any one of the 230 exclusive, wide bays can be reserved in advance by booking online.
Regional Terminals: Western Australia is a big state with several regional airlines, and therefore has a separate parking destination for anyone travelling with Cobham, Maroomba, Skippers or Network airlines.
Transport to or from Perth Airport by taxi is probably the easiest option. Taxi ranks are located at the front of all the terminals and are on hand 24/7 to pick up arriving passengers. What’s more, it only takes about 20 minutes to get to Perth City centre by taxi.
Just follow the signs to the nearest taxi rank as you make your way through the airport to the exit. Note that Perth Airport adds $3 to your fare if you catch your taxi from the terminals, which goes toward the upkeep of the taxi facilities.
Based on a fare at 8am on a Tuesday, some approximate one-way taxi fare prices* from Perth Airport are below:
- To Perth city centre, $43
- To Fremantle, $67
- To Scarborough, $70
- To Joondalup, $97
- To Armadale, $65
- To Cockburn, $67
- To Mandurah, $174
* Source: Swan Taxis Fare Estimator, as noted on the Perth Airport website
Both Uber and Ola ridesharing services are available at Perth Airport, with dedicated pick-up bays within easy walking distance of each terminal. It’s recommended that you don’t order your Uber or Ola ride until you have collected your baggage and are leaving the terminal. As with taxis, a $3 airport fee applies to all pick-ups at Perth Airport.
Bus service Transperth is likely to be the option for the cheapest travel to and from Perth airport. Transperth operates regular bus services to Perth City and other local areas from the airport, and have an online Journey Planner which will help you plan your trip.
To and from T1/T2: Bus Route 380 (named after, you guessed it, the Airbus A380) runs daily between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in the city centre and T1/T2. This service has dedicated luggage racks for convenience, and only makes limited stops. Connections to other services are available from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station; Victoria Park Transfer Station; Burswood Train Station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre.
To and from T3/T4: The most direct route to the city by bus is to take Bus Route 40, which operates every day via the Great Eastern Highway and terminates at Elizabeth Quay Bus Station.
Picking up and dropping off by car
Perhaps you’re being picked up at Perth Airport by family or friends, or dropping people at the airport to catch a departing flight. Pick up and drop off is easy.
For the most unhurried pick up or drop off, you can park your car in the Short Term car park and walk into the terminal.
If you prefer to wait in your car, you can park and wait for free, for up to one hour in any of the Long Term car parks. Just take a ticket upon entry to the car park and insert the same ticket as you leave the car park within the hour – there’s no need to validate it. Then, when your friend or family member has arrived, head to the ‘immediate pick-up’ bays at the front of the terminal.
Express pick-up and drop-off is also a feature of T2, granting drivers a 5-minute window to collect or drop off their passenger before they are charged an overstay fee.
How do I transfer between terminals?
It’s important to arrive at the correct terminal if you’re departing from Perth Airport, because the T1/T2 precinct and the T3/T4 precinct are a short 15-minute drive apart. Your Flight Centre Travel Expert will be able to advise you on the terminal you need to get to.
If you do need to transfer between the terminals, it’s very easy. Perth Airport operates a free, 24-hour terminal transfer bus.
From T1/T2 to T3/T4
Between 6am and midnight, the bus departs every 20 minutes (at 10 minutes, 30 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour).
Between midnight and 6am, the bus departs at 25 minutes and 55 minutes past the hour.
From T3/T4 to T1/T2
Between 6am and midnight, the bus departs every 20 minutes (on the hour and at 20 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour).
Between midnight and 6am, the bus departs at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour.
What restaurants and bars are at Perth Airport?
Western Australia has no shortage of gourmet delights (think wines from the Margaret River region, excellent craft beers, succulent seafood) and Perth Airport gives you the chance to sample some of the state’s most delicious fare.
Restaurants and bars at Perth Airport include:
Shopping At Perth Airport?
If you plan on doing a little shopping at Perth Airport, you won’t be disappointed. Retail outlets offer everything from luxury watches to bestselling reads, premium liquor and duty-free must-haves.
Shops at Perth Airport include:
What lounges are at Perth Airport?
Whether you’re looking to squeeze in a little work before your international or east coast-bound flight, or all you want to do is sit back and take it easy, a good airport lounge will give you the best of both. Perth Airport has airline lounges across its four terminals, with the majority of lounges in Terminal 1.
Virgin Australia Lounge, T1 Domestic
All regional, domestic and international Virgin Australia flights are now located together within the T1/T2 airport precinct. The main Virgin Australia Lounge is located in Terminal 1 Domestic, immediately to the left after security screening. There’s a wine and espresso bar, a lounge menu filled with tasty options as well as places to work and places to simply relax. Virgin also have another lounge at T1 Domestic for VIP passengers, which is known as ‘The Club’. If you’re lucky enough to be on the exclusive membership list, you’ll find this lounge further into the terminal, behind a white frosted door.
Air New Zealand International Lounge, T1 International
Located on Level 2, Departures, within the international terminal, the Air New Zealand International Lounge at Perth Airport has views over the terminal concourse area and sports Air New Zealand’s trademark modern interior design. You’ll find a self-service food buffet, drinks station, Wi-Fi, and power/usb charging facilities at most seats. The lounge also has showers, and towels are provided.
Qantas International Transit Lounge, T3
The new Qantas Perth International Transit Lounge in Terminal 3 at Perth Airport has been created to look after those long-haul-loving travellers who’ll be flying the non-stop route between Perth and London. The lounge offers bespoke health and wellness options for passengers transiting in Perth when travelling on QF9 from Melbourne (or any other Australian capital city) to London, and QF10 from London to Melbourne (only). The lounge has what Qantas call their ‘one of a kind body clock intervention’, enabled by light therapy and designed to combat the effects of jet lag. There’s also a Wellbeing Studio hosted by a qualified wellness instructor.
Qantas combined International/Domestic Business Lounge, T4
Previously just the Domestic Business Lounge, this trademark Qantas space now welcomes international business class guests on Qantas flights to Auckland and Singapore. Features such as barista service, a tended bar and pizza ovens give this lounge a slick, contemporary feel.
Qantas Club, T4
This is the signature club for Qantas Club members and Gold-status frequent flyers who are travelling on domestic flights. Services include barista and bar service, complimentary Wi-Fi Apple computers, refreshments and shower facilities.
Worth noting is that the original Qantas Perth International Business Lounge is still in operation, although no Qantas flights depart from T1 or use this lounge. The lounge caters to eligible passengers from a multitude of partner airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, T1 International
One of the smaller lounges operated by Singapore Airlines, the SilverKris lounge can be found opposite Gate 4 of T1 International. There’s a selection of warm food and light snacks on offer, and comfortable spaces in which to relax before your flight.
Emirates Lounge, T1 International
Located in the extension of T1 International, the Emirates Lounge at Perth Airport offers all the amenities and facilities you would expect from this Middle Eastern airline, including prayer rooms. One of the highlights of access to this lounge is that you can board your flight directly from the lounge, taking your departure at a nice, leisurely pace.
What hotels are near Perth Airport?
An airport hotel can be a wise choice for a number of reasons, particularly if you have an early departure and would rather avoid that trip to the airport on the morning you fly. Perth Airport has several comfortable and convenient places to stay, and your Flight Centre Travel Expert will be able to talk you through the cheap deals currently on offer. Below are two of the hotels within close proximity to Perth Airport. If you’d like to browse all of the options for Perth accommodation, you can do so here.
You’ll find Airport Apartments at 100 Coolgardie Avenue, Redcliffe – which is right near the airport. Each of the 52 air-conditioned rooms has a private balcony or patio, kitchen, flat screen television and free Wi-Fi among other facilities. For a small fee you can enjoy an English breakfast, and there are other services for travellers such as dry cleaning and laundry services, express check-out and a 24-hour, complimentary shuttle bus both to and from the airport. Talk to your Flight Centre Travel Expert about booking ahead, because rooms at this popular hotel regularly sell out.
Sanno Marracoonda Airport Hotel
The Sanno Marracoonda offers 144 air-conditioned rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, room service (during set hours), access to the outdoor pool and Concierge Services and, for a small fee, buffet breakfasts 7 days a week. A complimentary, 24-hour shuttle both to and from the airport is also included as part of the deal. Contact your Flight Centre Travel Expert for more information.