Perth Airport Information
Perth Airport has one international terminal (T1) and two domestic terminals (T2 and T3). They are located approximately half an hour from Perth City centre. T1 handles international flights from at least 77 destinations served by 37 airlines such as Emirates, Jetstar, China Southern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and many more. T2 is the dedicated Qantas terminal for their domestic operations. T3 is a multi-user domestic terminal used by Skywest, Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines and mostly caters for charter flights and mining airlines.
Transportation to and from the airport is available by airport shuttle bus and taxis. Details of fares and schedules of the CONNECT shuttle services are available from their website. Fares from Perth International Airport to the city range from A$18 one way per person to A$55 return per family. Children younger than 5 travel free and those under 15 have a student concession of A$8 for a one-way ticket. Fares to Fremantle will cost about double.
Taxi fares are approximately A$40 one way to the city. Taxis charge by the meter according to time and distance and they operate 24 hours a day. Information about taxi services is available from the Taxi Council of Western Australia. The taxi rank is located on the left of T1 as you exit the building.
For those who are driving to the airport, both Long term and Short Term parking are available and rates will vary. It is best to refer to the airport website. Parking fees are payable by cash (notes and coins) as well as EFTPOS (various credit and debit cards accepted).
Airport locker facilities are also available and they are located near the the parking fee payment machines in the Short Term Parking located just outside T1.
If you are being picked up by a friend driving a car, the pick-up point for private cars is located directly outside T1 but on the outside lane just after the zebra crossing. Private cars may drop passengers off on the inside lane but they are not permitted to pick up passengers there. This is a tow-away zone patrolled by airport security.
Flight schedules: The Perth Airport website provides up to date information on flight arrival and departure time as well as live flight tracking information.
Local tip 1: There will be times when several large capacity aircraft arrive very close together in time. As a result there will be congestion at passport control, quarantine and baggage collection. This usually happens jus after midnight. Be patient if you arrive at this time as the wait will be longer. Families traveling with young children should have a stroller so the little one can sleep or maybe have a toy to keep them amused.
Local tip 2: The quarantine services employ sniffer dogs to sniff out drugs, food and other restricted items. So please declare all food you carry in on the arrival cards. The officers will typically ask what you have brought in. Again be honest as some items are allowed and you may be waved through.
Getting to Perth Airport for your departure flight. It is a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport for your departing flight. International flights require passengers to check in two hours before the departure time (90 minutes if you have done a web check-in). There is sometimes traffic congestion on the roads leading to T1 in the afternoon especially on Horrie Miller Drive. This is often due to commercial goods vehicles making their way to and from airport warehousing facilities. Some congestion has been relieved by the opening of a new road a few kilometers from Horrie Miller Drive. It would be wiser to give yourself at least one hour to get to the airport if you are coming from the city. Allow more time if you are staying further away.