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Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is the most isolated capital city of over 1,000,000 people in the world. It is in fact closer to Jakarta and Singapore than Adelaide (the nearest other Australian city).
Perth sprawls along a flat coastal plain, centered along the Swan River and bounded by the Darling Scarp to the east and the Indian Ocean coastline in the west. Perth has a population of around 1.6 million (2009), making it the fourth largest city in Australia. The many uncrowded beaches along the Perth coastline define the lifestyle: Perth is laid-back, quiet and safe.
All scheduled international and domestic flights arrive and depart from Perth Airport (IATA: PER). Though both international and domestic services operate under the same Perth Airport banner, the international terminal (Terminal 1) is in a completely separate area, about 10 km from the domestic terminals (Terminals 2 and 3).
The domestic terminals are both connected as part of the same building, and it is just a short walk between them.
Airlines & Destinations
Major airlines operating from each terminal:
Terminal 1 – Perth International Airport: AirAsia, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Air, Tiger Airways Singapore, Virgin Australia and a few others.
Terminal 2 – Qantas Perth Domestic Airport: Qantas domestic flights QF400 and above, QantasLink (which services numerous regional centres in WA), Airnorth and Jetstar.
Terminal 3 – Skywest, Tiger Airways Australia and Virgin Australia Domestic terminal. Other airlines flying from here include Alliance and other regional airlines.
Major domestic airlines servicing Perth Airport are Qantas (full-service), Virgin Australia (full-service), Jetstar (low-cost, owned by Qantas and from Perth, only flies to a few cities), Tiger Airways (low-cost, only flies to a few cities), QantasLink (a regional subsidiary of Qantas) and Skywest (regional full-service, although does fly to Melbourne via Kalgoorlie).
International connections are mainly to Asian cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. From Africa, South African Airways operates a flight from Johannesburg.
International Terminal 1
The city and major hotels can be easily accessed by taxi or commercial shuttle buses from all terminals. Courtesy phones are located inside the terminals (for the domestic terminal, the courtesy phone is surrounded by a large board advertising accommodation past the baggage conveyor belt as you leave the arrivals area).
For more than two people it is often cheaper and faster to take a taxi into the city (waiting time and drop off other passengers can make a shuttle bus service to the city very long). A taxi by meter to the city will cost approximately $40 from the international airport; the shuttle costs about $16 per person.
There is no public transport to the international terminal.
Domestic Terminals 2 & 3
Transperth buses serve the domestic terminals. Useful services are:
- Bus 37 runs from Kings Park via Perth city and connects with the Victoria Park Transfer Station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre for connections with other Transperth bus/rail services. (every 30mins, 6:19AM-11:56PM, $3.60)
There are a couple of coffee shops and food outlets both before and after security, as well as basic shopping, books and souvenirs. If you have some time to kill in transfers, there are some cafes open during business hours in the surrounding industrial park. Walk straight across the carpark, or turn right and walk past the long term car park to the Flight Path Cafe in the Civil Aviation Authority building.
A free transfer bus operates between T1 and T2/T3. The service runs every 50 minutes and the journey takes 10 minutes. During the night the service is still free but requires pre-booking by phone (0410 636 418).
A taxi between the terminals will still cost at least $20.
InfoSource: Wikitravel Under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
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