Perth Airport is the gateway for exploring much of Western Australia. Whether you’re arriving from somewhere else in Australia or another country, you’ll discover the airport reflects the style and spirit of this remote region.
Currently both Emirates and Qatar offer non-stop flights from their hubs in Dubai and Doha, respectively, to Perth. These flights connect to the airlines’ non-stop flights from North America to their Gulf hubs. As airline routes, partnerships and alliances change frequently, we’ll update our site with the new developments on your international options into Perth.
The airport recently completed construction of Terminal 2, adjacent to the International Terminal. Much change is on-going, especially with the growth of the mining industry in Western Australia, and you may find the airport’s layout is somewhat confusing. Here are some tips to help you get around:
Perth Airport has four terminals: Terminals 2, 3 and 4 are for domestic flights, while Terminal 1 is for international. T1 and T2 are two separate buildings south-east of the T3 and T4 buildings – that is, a bus ride is required to get to and from the T1/T2 and T3/T4 terminals.
Terminal 1, off Horrie Miller Drive in the east, has check-in, arrivals and baggage claim on the ground floor. Level 1 includes Customs, retail and arrival gates. Level 2 has lounges and departure gates. Level 3 is a public viewing deck.
Terminal 2, near T1 on Sugarbird Lady Road, has one level. Terminal 3 and 4 are in the west, on Miller Road. T3 is the right-hand building as you enter, and T4 is on the left. Each domestic terminal has its own check-in and arrivals/departures halls, so you will need to check with your airline to find out in which area they are located.
T2 has check-in, arrivals and baggage claim at the front of the building; with retail, gates and garden courtyards to the back. (There is only one level to the building) For T3 and T4, as you enter the building, you will find check-ins located to the right and left on the ground floor, with arrivals further towards the ends of the building. First floor is the departures hall.
Terminal 1 (international) is open all day every day. Terminals 3 and 4 do not have the same opening hours, despite being connected. Terminal 3 is open from 3.30am to 1am, Monday to Sunday. Terminal 4 is open from 4am to 12.30am – except on Fridays and Sundays, when the terminal is open from 4am to 2.30am.
To transfer to a different terminal you can use the free bus service that runs every 20 – 30 minutes between all buildings. It takes about 10 minutes to get from one concourse to the other and the bus runs 24 hours a day, every day. Despite the speed of the connecting service, airport management suggests you allow 90 minutes for transfers due to check-in procedures and other delays.
For international departures, we suggest you allow three hours to make it through check-in, immigration, customs and security checks. You’ll find flight information displays for the airlines arriving and departing from the terminal in each of the terminals.
Perth Airport offers Ambassadors, known for their bright gold coats. They can provide help and directions if you need them. They can be found within Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Information and medical services are located in both domestic and international terminals. For updates on flights, you can use the interactive live-flight map on the Perth Airport website.
Take some time before leaving the airport to enjoy the observation area on level 3 of the T1 international terminal. Alternatively, visit Runway 03/21, an outdoor viewing platform. It includes a shelter the shape of a Boeing 747, and a section of paving the length of the first flight by the Wright brothers. The platform is on Dunreath Drive, to the south of both the international and domestic terminals. It’s open between 6.30am and 7pm in the summer months (October to March) and between 7.30am and 5.30pm during winter (April to September).
Perth Airport opened Terminal 2 in March 2013. However, the international terminal (T1) will be redeveloped over the next two years, which includes improvements to the check-in and departure areas. The on-going renovation work may cause delays for international flight check-in – plan accordingly.
Traveling To And From The Airport
Perth Airport is accessible by bus, rental car, taxi and shuttle. The airport is a 30 minute drive from the city of Perth.
Numerous companies offer taxi and shuttle service. Fares are usually $40 – 60 AUD one way to the city for taxis, and $15 – 20 AUD one way per person for shuttles. The latter leave once an hour from the airport. You can pre-book shuttles and taxis, but both are available on arrival at the airport. Both services require an additional $2 AUD exit fee upon leaving the airport.
All the major rental car companies offer services from within the airport. Their kiosks are located on the ground floor in the arrivals hall of terminals T1 and T3.
Public buses travel to and from the Perth Airport. You will need to transfer to Terminals 3 and 4 in order to catch the bus: service is not available from Terminals 1 and 2.
- Route 37, Perth Domestic Airport, Terminals 3 & 4 – Kings Park. Runs every 10 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes on weekends, and takes about 1 hour to get to the city center. Fares cost around $3 – 4 AUD.
Other public transport services can be connected to from the bus. For more information about bus timetables, maps, fares and stops, visit the TransPerth website.