When traveling to Australia’s most isolated city, Perth Airport is an essential transport hub. It was once considered the worst airport in Australia, but renovations and expansions over the last five years have dramatically improved the experience of flying in and out of the city.
Today, Perth Airport is a medium-sized, efficient airport, connecting around 14.5 million passengers per year to destinations across Australia and Southeast Asia, as well as Auckland, London, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Doha, and Dubai.
It is important to check which terminal your flight will depart from before you leave for the airport, as the four terminals are divided between two precincts on the western edge of the city. Terminal 3 and 4 are the closest to the city center, while Terminal 1 and 2 are located on the other side of the runways, a 15-minute drive away.
Perth Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information
- Airport Code: PER
- Location: Perth, Western Australia 6105
- Website: www.perthairport.com.au
- Flight Tracker: www.perthairport.com.au/flights/departures-and-arrivals
- Map: www.perthairport.com.au/at-the-airport/terminal-maps
- Contact: +61 8 9478-8862 or via online contact form
Know Before You Go
Flying in or out of Perth Airport is relatively easy, especially if you don’t have to change terminals. The airport is safe, clean, and close to the city center, with all the essential services. Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, operates both international and domestic flights from Perth, alongside domestic services from Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines, Regional Express Airlines, Tigerair, and Jetstar.
There are bus and taxi services available between the two terminal precincts, as well as to and from the Perth city center. The free terminal transfer bus operates every 20 to 30 minutes 24/7. Most shopping and dining options are concentrated in Terminal 1, the international terminal, while Terminals 2, 3, and 4 are home to a couple of cafes, convenience stores, and some shopping. Like other airports in Australia, prices inside the airport are often much higher than in the city.
Perth Airport is busiest on weekday mornings and afternoons, with people traveling to other Australian or Asian cities for work, but passing through security is usually quick and easy. In the international terminal, there are rarely long waits at immigration thanks to the electronic passport control gates, called Smartgates. Children under 16 years old or those without ePassports will need to wait for manual passport checks.
If you are arriving from overseas, you should know that Australia's strict customs regulations prohibit passengers from bringing in fresh fruit and vegetables or homemade foods. You can find out more on the Australian Border Force website. No smoking is permitted anywhere in the airport.
Perth Airport Parking
Parking at Perth Airport is available, but it’s not cheap. Visitors can choose between long-term, short-term, or fast track parking. The first 10 minutes in short-term or the first hour in long-term parking are free. Then, prices start from around US$4 for 15 minutes in the short-term parking lot.
There is a free bus every 10 minutes from the long-term parking lot to all terminals, while the short-term and fast-track lots are within walking distance of terminals 3 and 4. (You can book online for savings of up to 30 percent.) There are also private parking garages outside the airport, many of which offer a free shuttle service. For quick pick-ups and drop-offs, you can stop in a dedicated bay outside Terminal 2 for up to five minutes.
Most routes to the airport from the Perth city center are well-signposted. Take State Route 8 for Terminals 1 and 2 or State Route 51 for Terminals 3 and 4. The trip takes around 15 to 20 minutes without traffic, depending on which terminal you are going to. Recent road upgrades within the airport have improved traffic flow, but it can still be slow during peak times. Allow half an hour extra if you need to arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m. or 4:30 and 6 p.m.
TransPerth operates buses between the airport and the city. From Terminal 1 and 2, Bus 380 runs to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station, stopping at Victoria Park, Burswood, and Belmont. From Terminal 3 and 4, Bus 40 travels directly to Elizabeth Quay. Buses run from around 5 a.m. to midnight.
You can buy bus tickets from the driver (around US$3) or invest in a SmartRider card from the Smart Carte outlet in Terminal 1. The SmartRider card costs around AU$10 and must be recharged with a minimum of another AU$10. It gives you a discount of 10 to 20 percent off cash fares and can be used throughout your stay in Perth. The Forrestfield–Airport Link railway line is currently under construction and is predicted to be complete in 2021.
Taxis and Rideshares
Taxis are available around the clock outside all terminals. A one-way trip to the city center costs around AU$43. When traveling to the airport, you can hail a taxi on the street or call Black and White Cabs (13 32 22) or Swan Taxis (13 13 30). There are also rideshare pick-up bays outside each terminal, where you can request DiDi, Ola, and Uber rides for a similar price.
Where to Eat and Drink
Dining options vary drastically between the terminals in Perth Airport. In the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1, you can visit 6000 Acres, a locally-focused cafe, or the Crafty Swan Kitchen and Bar.
Upstairs at Departures, choose between Harvest Food Store, Long Neck Public House, Hudsons Coffee, and Macchinetta Italian restaurant, as well as more budget-friendly fast food outlets Hungry Jack’s (burgers) and Guzman y Gomez (burritos). All of these are outside passport control and security screening.
After passing through international security screening, you’ll find Haymarket cafe (Gate 54) and Loco Poco Mediterranean bar and tapas (Gate 51). Inside domestic security screening, there’s a Hungry Jack’s, Long Neck Public House, Toby’s Estate cafe, Nooodles Asian food, and Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill.
In Terminal 2, you’ll find Hudsons Coffee, Subway, and Four Alls Brew House after passing through security. If you have extra time, there is a short walkway between the domestic part of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, meaning you will have access to the food outlets in both.
In Terminal 3, there is a Hudsons Coffee before security, then a Blackwood bar and restaurant in the international departures lounge. There's a Three Bears cafe and Gibson + Giles grab-and-go cafe (Gate 17) in the domestic departures lounge.
Before entering Terminal 4, you’ll easily be able to spot CRATE, a bar and cafe inspired by Fremantle shipping port that is packed with excellent local beers and wines. After security, you can grab a snack at Long Shot cafe (inside the WHSmith bookstore) or Coffee Quarter, or a more substantial meal at Hatchery Collective Bar & Grill. Domestic passengers can move freely between Terminals 3 and 4.
Where to Shop
If you are flying internationally, you’ll have access to a decent range of duty-free liquors, wines, cosmetics, fragrances, and confectionery. There are also the usual bookstores, souvenir shops, pharmacies, and convenience stores in each terminal, as well as Travelex foreign exchange kiosks in Terminal 1 International, Terminal 3, and Terminal 4.
Australian labels like Ripcurl surf shop and Witchery women’s fashion can be found in Terminal 1 Domestic and Terminal 4. There is no post office inside the airport, but an Australia Post box can be found along Boud Avenue in the Terminal 3/Terminal 4 precinct.
How to Spend Your Layover
Perth Airport is a short drive from the city center, so you can easily do some sightseeing during your layover. Just outside the airport, the Ingot is a well-rated four-star hotel, while the Ibis is a convenient budget choice. Luggage storage lockers are available at all terminals for up to six weeks. Prices start from US$7 for a small locker for 24 hours.
If you’d rather stay close by, sleeping pods at T1 Domestic (before security screening) can be rented by the hour. There is also a children’s play area in the level 2 departures lounge at T1 International.
There are no pay-to-access lounges at Perth Airport. If you are a loyalty member or flying business or first class, your airline may offer lounge access. The airline lounges and their locations are listed here:
Air New Zealand International Lounge (Terminal 1 International)
- Alliance Airlines, (Terminal 2)
- Emirates Lounge (Terminal 1 International)
- Qantas International Business Lounge (Terminal 1 International)
- Qantas International Transit Lounge, (Terminal 3)
- Qantas Domestic Business Lounge (Terminal 4)
- Qantas Club (Terminal 4)
- Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge (Terminal 1 International)
- Virgin Australia Lounge (Terminal 1 Domestic)
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
You can connect to fast, free Wi-Fi throughout Perth Airport. There are charging outlets throughout the Terminal 1 departure lounge, plus charging stations in Terminal 2 and on level 1 in Terminal 3.
Perth Airport Tips and Facts
- Budget food options are extremely limited outside of Terminal 1.
- Perth Airport uses SmartGates, an electronic passport control system.
- Wi-Fi, public transport, and parking are all quick and easy.
- The first direct flight from Oceania to Europe commenced from Perth Airport in 2018, with Qantas operating a daily service to London Heathrow.
- There are two viewing areas for plane spotting at Perth Airport: on level 3 in Terminal 1 International and an Outdoor Viewing Platform on Dunreath Drive.