Guide to Perth Airport

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Perth Airport (PER) is an international airport serving the city of Perth and surrounding regions. It is a major transport gateway to Western Australia, and as such, is one of Australia’s busiest airports. The Flyparks Perth Airport Guide includes a wealth of information regarding terminal facilities, lounges, car parking, public transportation routes, and nearby hotels.

The airport is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment scheme, in response to continued criticism from governing bodies concerning aviation conditions and passenger facilities. The Perth Airport Master Plan 2014 aims for the Domestic and International Terminals to be consolidated into a single terminal, on the southeastern side of the airfield by 2024, alongside the construction of a third runway and the Forrestfield-Airport Rail Link.

 

How to Get to Perth Airport

Whether you’re driving your own car, using public transport, or a rideshare service, you’ll find that heading to Perth Airport is easier and less stressful when you plan ahead. 

 

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Directions

To reach the International Terminal you will need to travel east along the Great Eastern Highway from Perth city centre, turn right onto Tonkin Highway, and then head southwest, turning left at Horrie-Miller Drive.

To reach the Domestic Terminals you should travel east along the Great Eastern Highway, from Perth city centre, and then turn right on Brearley Avenue. 

 

Perth Airport Car Parking

There are numerous Perth Airport car park options, both official and off-site, budget and premium, short and long term. If you prefer to park close to the terminal, you can park at one of the official car parks owned and maintained by Perth Airport. These include the Fast Track Business Parking car park, the Regional Terminals Parking facility, the Short-Term Perth Parking bays near the terminals, the Long-Term Car Parks, marked B, C, D, H, and J, and the Valet Parking Service.

In addition, there are several off-site car parks nearby. Based on customer feedback, we recommend Bay Airport Parking for its low daily rates, and The Car Port & Spa, for its high quality customer service. To read more about these car parks, then continue reading below for more details. 

 

Bay Airport Parking

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If you’re looking to save on the cost of parking, you won’t be able to find a cheaper parking facility than Bay Airport Parking. The car park has outdoor and indoor bays, advanced security features, and offers complimentary shuttle transfers to all terminals. Bay Airport Parking is open 24/7, and can be booked online here at Flyparks. 

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The Car Port & Spa

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One of the oldest and most trusted names in airport parking, The Car Port & Spa offer covered and uncovered parking, plus a range of additional services such as car washing and waxing. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and their convenient, free shuttle buses run on demand, meaning you’ll never be kept waiting. To book the The Car Port & Spa, then click the link!

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You can find additional details about all of the car parks mentioned above on our blog, which has information about rates, a list of the cheapest car parks, plus an overview of the most convenient and low cost ways to get to Perth Airport. For a free quote, simply enter your travel dates in the search bar above. We’ll show you all of the off-site car parks with availability for your dates. Please bear in mind that you cannot book at the official Perth Airport car parks through Flyparks at present. 

 

Perth Airport Car Hire

There are several car hire operators located at Perth Airport, with convenient options available no matter which terminal you arrive at. If you have not made your reservation online, you’ll find Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty desks on-site. In T1 Domestic, T2, T3 &T3, these can be accessed within or nearby the Baggage Reclaim area. At T1 International, the counters are in the public Arrivals Hall, after the customs/quarantine area. 

 

Taxis at Perth Airport

There are taxi ranks in front of all terminals, which are clearly signposted. You can find an additional taxi rank on Valentine Road within the General Aviation Area. The main service providers in Perth are Black & White Cabs and Swan Taxis. You may be asked by the driver to pay your fare in advance. 

 

Rideshare Services 

There are dedicated rideshare pick-up areas which service all terminals at Perth Airport. You can use DiDi, Uber, and Ola, but you are requested to collect your luggage before placing your ride request. You can find more information about the rideshare pick-up bays on our blog post about Where to Find the Uber Pickup Point at every Australian airport.

 

Public Transport

There are regular bus services between Perth Airport and the city, operated by Transperth. Bus Route 380 runs daily between the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in the city centre and T1 and T2, while Bus Route 40 operates between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and T3/T4 via the Great Eastern Highway. For more up-to-date information about routes, rates, and schedules, you should visit the Transperth website. 

At present, the Forrestfield-Airport Rail Link is still under construction, so there is no direct train link to Perth Airport. 

 

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Airlines Servicing Perth Airport

Perth Airport is served by 34 airlines, which fly to over 50 destinations in Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, and Europe. A total of 1,258 domestic and regional flights arrive and depart from Perth Airport every week, plus 213 international arrivals and departures. The following carriers operate to the following destinations:

Airlines Servicing Perth Airport

AirlineDestinations
Air MauritiusMauritius
Air New Zealand

Auckland

Seasonal: Christchurch

AirAsia XKuala Lumpur–International
AirnorthSeasonal: Darwin, Kununurra
Alliance AirlinesCharter: Barimunya, Cape Preston, Christmas Creek, Christmas Island, Coondewanna, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Leinster, Leonora, Mount Keith, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Telfer, The Granites
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Narita
Batik AirDenpasar
Cathay PacificHong Kong
CitilinkDenpasar
China Eastern AirlinesSeasonal: Shanghai–Pudong (ends 17 February 2020)
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou
CobhamCharter: Barrow Island, Kambalda, Granny Smith, Murrin Murrin
EmiratesDubai–International
Garuda IndonesiaDenpasar, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
Indonesia AirAsiaDenpasar, Mataram–Lombok
Jetstar AirwaysAdelaide, Cairns, Denpasar, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney
Malaysia Airlines Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo AirKuala Lumpur–International
Maroomba AirlinesMount Magnet
Philippine AirlinesManila (resumes 30 March 2020)
QantasAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, London–Heathrow, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney
QantasLink

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Broome, Darwin, Exmouth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Learmonth, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland


Charter: Christmas Creek, Cloudbreak, Coyote, Ginbata, Leinster, Morawa, Solomon

Qatar AirwaysDoha
Regional Express AustraliaAlbany, Carnarvon, Esperance, Monkey Mia
ScootSingapore
Singapore AirlinesSingapore
Skippers AviationBurnakura, Darlot-Centenary, Jundee, Kalbarri, Laverton, Lawlers, Leinster, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Plutonic, Sunrise Dam, Wiluna
South African AirwaysJohannesburg–O.R. Tambo
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tigerair AustraliaMelbourne, Brisbane, Sydney
Virgin AustraliaAdelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Newman, Melbourne, Port Hedland, Sydney
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Broome, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Darwin, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Onslow, Port Hedland


Charter: Argyle, Albany, Barimunya, Barrow Island, Boolgeeda, Nifty, West Angelas, Woodie Woodie, Onslow, Busselton

 

The Terminals at Perth Airport

Perth Airport has four main terminals and one minor terminal. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 lie on the eastern side of the airport, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4 are on the western side, whereas the General Aviation Terminal is to the north. The two terminal precincts, the T1/T2 precinct and the T3/T4 precinct, are separated by a short, 15-minute drive. 

Remember to check your travel itinerary or contact your airline, to make sure you go to the right terminal, as a number of airlines operate from more than one terminal:

 

Terminal 1 (T1), is the international terminal, which caters for flights originating or departing from outside of Australia. There are five jetways and a total of eight gates at T1, including a Multi Access Ramp System which allows for the dual boarding of aircraft, including the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380. In November 2015, a new domestic pier opened at the west end of Terminal 1 to service Virgin Australia domestic flights. Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 is located within the airport’s T1/2 precinct, and serviced by a range of Australian and foreign owned airlines, with flights to international, regional, and interstate destinations. The northern flank of the terminal is reserved for international flights, whereas the western end is used by Virgin Australia for domestic routes.

At present, Terminal 1 serves all international flights into Perth except for those operated by Qantas. Carriers which use Perth’s T1 as a hub include AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Scoot Tigerair, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, and South African Airways.

There is a dedicated passenger pick-up/drop-off lane outside of Terminal 1. However, drivers must remain at their vehicles and cannot exceed the two-minute time limit. Any vehicle left unattended will be fined. For this reason, many people prefer to use the Short Term Car Park, as a more convenient and relaxed way to say hello or goodbye to friends and family. 

Terminal 2 (T2), is located to the immediate southwest of Terminal 1. Since late November, 2015, it has been used by Jetstar, Qantas, Alliance Airlines, Tigerair, and Regional Express Airlines. It was the previous location for Virgin Australia and Qantas departures, which have moved to T1 and T3-T4 respectively. Terminal 2 is located within Perth Airport’s T1/2 precinct, and is a hub for a range of Australian airlines with flights to regional destinations. This includes Alliance Airlines, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia, and Regional Express Airlines. 

It is sometimes called the Domestic Terminal, or Perth T2 Domestic, and services flights to locations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Albany, Esperance, Coondewanna, Boolgeeda, and Barimunya. 

Terminal 3 (T3), has five jetways and a total of nine gates. It is primarily used by Jetstar, however some Qantas services still operate from T3. Qantas Group have had the exclusive use of both T3 and T4 since the movement of Virgin Australia to T1. The Perth Airport Master Plan outlines that T3 and T4 will ultimately be demolished, and replaced by new domestic facilities east of Terminal 1. Perth Airport’s Terminals 3 and 4 are serviced by Qantas for its international and domestic services, and by Jetstar Airways for its interstate and regional services. After significant redevelopment, all of Qantas’ international flights now operate from Terminal 3, including the non-stop service to London. The new integrated domestic/international terminal was designed to provide flexibility and a seamless journey for passengers who are transiting from international to regional destinations. Terminal 3 was the previous location for Virgin Australia, which has now moved to T1.

Terminal 4 (T4), is the Qantas Terminal, which is dedicated to the domestic operations of Qantas, QantasLink, and their budget subsidiary Jetstar. In 2018 Qantas opened a new international area in Terminal 4, for flights from Perth to London. Like Terminal 3, Terminal 4 is operated exclusively by the Qantas Group, and dedicated to the domestic operations of Qantas, QantasLink, and their budget subsidiary Jetstar Airways. There are daily flights to popular destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as regional hubs such as Broome and Alice Springs.

The General Aviation Terminal is used primarily by charter aircraft, mainly for mining companies as fly-in-fly-out (FiFo) services to remote operations.

 

Transferring Between the Terminals

There is a free terminal transfer bus which operates 24/7 between the two precincts. You’ll find the bus stops outside of the terminals. The buses leave every 20 minutes during peak times, and every 30 minutes outside of this. Ensure that you leave plenty of time to transfer between the precincts.
 
The terminal transfer buses won’t stop at the Long Term car parks. If you want to travel to one of the Long Term Car Parks, you will need to take the Long Term car park bus instead. 

 

Facilities at Perth Airport

There are numerous facilities and services at Perth Airport, from airline lounges to smoking areas, baby changing rooms to lost property. We’ve put together a quick rundown of each facility below:

 

ATMs: there are multiple automatic teller machines (ATMs) located throughout all of Perth Airport’s terminals, before and after security screening. In T1 International you can find ANZ, Bankwest, Commonwealth, Westpac, and Travelex ATMs, and in T1 Domestic you can find Commonwealth and Travelex ATMs. There are ANZ, Bankwest, Commonwealth, and St. George Bank ATMs in T2, plus ANZ, Bankwest, Travelex, and Westpac machines in T3. You’ll find Bankwest and Travelex cash machines in T4, which can dispense AUD and foreign currencies. 

Baggage storage: there are lockers in all terminals for short-term luggage storage, of up to six weeks. You will need to secure your bag(s) inside a locker and pre-pay. You’ll then be issued a ticket with a one-off PIN code that can be used to retrieve your luggage from the locker. Smarte Carte at T1 International is open 24/7 and can store oversized items like golf bags and surfboards for a fee. Prices start from $12.00 for 24 hours.

Baggage trolleys: are available at all terminals. If you’re arriving from an international flight or using one of the Short Term Car Parks, you can use a trolley free of charge. There is a fee of $4.00 for trolley use in all other locations. 

Children’s play area: there is an area suited to children of all ages to play, on Level 2 Departures at T1 International. There are soft furnishings for young infants and digital gaming screens for older children available, plus seating nearby for supervising adults.

Foreign currencies: you can exchange or purchase more than 60 different currencies at Travelex stores in T1 International, T3 and T4. You can also withdraw foreign currency via the Travelex ATMs located at T1 International, T1 Domestic, T3 and T4.

Lost property: Perth Airport have a Lost Property team which handles items lost in the terminals, the car parks, and the Long Term Car Park buses. You will need to register the lost item on their website. If you have left something on the plane, you will need to get in touch with your airline. 

Medical services: there are first aid facilities at all terminals, and trained staff to assist should you become injured or fall ill at the airport. There is also a pharmacy on Level 1 at T1 Domestic (after security). 

Parenting rooms: you’ll find a dedicated parenting room in all terminals, equipped with baby change facilities, a feeding chair, and nappy disposal bins. 

Postal services: there is an Australia Post box located on Boud Avenue (in the T3/T4 precinct) and a number of post office facilities in nearby suburbs such as Belmont, Cloverdale, Bassendean, and High Wycombe. There are no postal services available at Terminal 1. 

Printing, copying, and faxing: you can make copies of documents at Smarte Carte’s Baggage Services kiosk, on the ground floor of the Check-in Hall at T1 International. You can copy, print, and/or fax documents at a cost of $3.00 per page.

Public viewing areas: there are two Public viewing areas at Perth Airport, including an Outdoor Viewing Platform, located on Dunreath Drive, and an indoor Public Viewing Area on Level 3 at T1 International.

Quiet room: there is a non-denominational room for prayer and quiet contemplation on the ground floor at T1 International, near the Arrivals Hall.

Showers: there are free showers at Terminals 1, on the ground floor of the International Arrivals Hall, plus on the second floor of the International Departures area, near Gate 54.

Sleeping pods: can be found at T1 Domestic on the ground floor. These are bookable by the hour. You can store hand luggage under the seat, and close the shade for privacy. There are also USB and GPO plus for charging laptops and phones. 

Smoking: is not permitted inside or in front of the terminal buildings at Perth Airport. There are dedicated smoking areas at all terminals. 

Special assistance: there are several features in place to assist passengers with disabilities and special needs. These include designated accessible parking bays, wheelchair accessible buses, wheelchair accessible toilets, and closed caption televisions.

Telephones: can be found throughout the terminals and can be operated using coins or a phone card. Phone cards are sold at Hub Convenience, Link, Vodafone, and Optus.  

Tourist Refund Scheme: claim facilities are available in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Overseas visitors and Australian residents can claim a refund of the goods and services tax and the wine equalisation tax, paid on certain goods bought in Australia. This only applies to goods that you are taking out of Australia with you, in your checked luggage or carry-on bags.

Wi-Fi: you can access free Wi-Fi at Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4. You will need to register for access, and have a Wi-Fi compatible device. 

 

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Lounges at Perth Airport

There are several airline lounges and pay-to-use lounges at Perth Airport. The latter can be used regardless of which airline you are flying with, as long as you pay the entry fee or show a valid membership card. These include Qantas Club lounges and Virgin Australia lounges in multiple locations, which can be accessed with economy class tickets, provided that you pay an additional charge. The Air New Zealand lounge is only open to members and those with tickets in the applicable classes (usually first and business). 

If you are a first or business class traveller, provided that you are flying with the same airline, you can access the Emirates lounge or the Singapore Airlines lounge. 

 

Shopping at Perth Airport

You can purchase a range of goods at Perth Airport, from tech and travel essentials, to top reads, duty-free exclusives, luxury items, liquor, and souvenirs. While the options differ by terminal, the main retail outlets are: Perth Duty Free, Amcal Express, Australian Way, Gadgetshop, Hub Convenience, Link, Perth Street Market, Relay, The WA Store, WHSmith, and Zoodle. Please note that duty free shopping is only available at T1 International. 

The widest range is at T1 International, T1 Domestic, and T4 Domestic, whereas your options at T2 and T3 Domestic are limited to convenience stores. 

 

Food Outlets at Perth Airport

There are plenty of dining options to choose from at Perth Airport, whether you’re after a quick coffee, a gourmet meal, or anything in between. You can choose from outlets such as 6000 Acres, Coffee Quarter, Gibson + Giles, Guzman y Gomez, Harvest Food Store, Hudsons Coffee, Hungry Jack’s, Long Neck Public House, Long Shot, Subway, The Coffee Club, Three Bears, and Toby’s Estate, dependent on which terminal you’re arriving/departing from. 

There are child-friendly menus at the Longneck Public House, Harvest Food Store, Hudson's Coffee, and Hungry Jack’s. You’ll find that the bulk of eateries are located in T1 International, with fewer options at T1, T2, T3, and T4 Domestic, plus T3 International. 

 

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Hotels Near Perth Airport

The closest hotels to Perth Airport are the Ibis Budget Perth Airport, the Perth Ascot Central Apartment Hotel, Airport Apartments by Aurum, and the Ingot Hotel. At the time of writing, only the Airport Apartments by Aurum and the Ingot Hotel offer complimentary shuttle transfers to the airport. 

 

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About Flyparks

Flyparks is an online comparison site for airport parking in Australia and New Zealand. We help thousands of travellers get from A to B every month, by making it easy to search, compare, and book at a range of off-site car parks. Our online search tool checks all the off-site car parks listed on our website against your travel dates, to show you which options for Perth Airport Parking are available, which are the most affordable, and which are the closest to the airport.

If you’re planning on driving to Perth Airport in the comfort of your own car, and need somewhere to park, Flyparks can help. To get started, enter your travel dates into the search bar above. Once you’ve found a parking facility that meets your needs, you can reserve your space online via our secure checkout. You’ll be able to download your booking confirmation just moments later, and our customer service team are on hand should you require any assistance. Just send us a quick email, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

 

Please note that the information above is provided for reference only, and does not constitute as travel advice. For the most recent and relevant information about Perth Airport, you should check the official website.

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