Despite being home to over a million inhabitants, Perth still exudes a small-town charm that has visitors wondering why there aren't more people around to enjoy the city's fantastic weather and beaches. With its sun-kissed shores, charming wineries, and more cafes than you can shake a stick at lining the Swan River, Perth is the gateway to Western Australia and the ideal introduction to the country before you head for the more populous cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
Once here, you can go camping in the Nullarbor Desert, catch a glimpse of Oz's famous kangaroos at the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park which is also one of Australia's most famous cemeteries, or buy tickets to a game of Australian Rules Football — even if you don't understand it, you're still sure to win points with the locals for effort!
Whether you opt for bike rides on Rottnest Island, venture to Perth's clothing-optional beaches, or choose to party the night away at one of the city's many dance clubs, Perth's vibrant atmosphere will prove its mettle as being a more than worthy competitor for its more famous counterparts on Australia's east coast.
Perth International Airport (PER) is served by 17 international airlines including Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, United, Lufthansa, and Qantas, several of which operate with code share partners. If you're travelling onward to other destinations in Australia, you can fly with domestic and regional airlines which operate from PER including Qantas Link, Skywest, and Jetstar.
When booking Perth flights, remember that you are in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore seasons will differ. Winters, which extend from May to October will bring single-digit temperatures (Celsius) and more frequent rainfall while you will find sunny skies and high temperatures in Perth for the rest of the year. If you're planning a trip in the summer, remember to carry plenty of sunblock and stay hydrated. With temperatures going well over 30°C, some visitors might find the extreme heat and humidity too much to bear.
Cheap flights to Perth are easy to find in spring and fall, and this is also when you get to experience the city with pleasant weather conditions and with fewer visitors around.
International flights to Perth arrive at Terminal 1 of Perth International Airport (PER) while Terminals 2 and 3 serve domestic airlines only. If you're taking a connecting flight straight out of the city, bear in mind that the international airport is located more than 10 kilometers away from the domestic departures area and you will need to account for transit time between the two. The travel time from the airport to the city centre is between 25 and 35 minutes, depending on which terminal you arrive at.
A free Terminal Transfer bus service runs every 50 minutes between the international and domestic terminals. Passengers can find the transfer bus stop outside the arrivals area of Terminal 1 and at the Qantas Terminal at Terminal 2.
Check the airport's website for further details on any of the ground transportation options listed below.
Public Transit: There is no public transportation from the airport's international terminal. However, passengers who want to use Transperth's bus services from the domestic terminals can use the free shuttle service to the Qantas Terminal area and take Bus Number 37 into the city. Tickets cost between $2-11 CAD depending on which part of the city you're travelling to and discounts are available for children younger than 15 years of age.
Airport Shuttle: The City Shuttle from the airport is a cheap and convenient door-to-door for passengers on a budget. Tickets are available from self-service kiosks at the airport or can be bought online as well. One-way fares range between $16-19 CAD depending on which terminal you're travelling from and discounts are available on return tickets, large groups going to the same destination, and children under 15 years of age. Shuttle services are also available for passengers travelling to the city of Freemantle, located close to Perth.
Hotel Shuttle: Several Perth hotels offer door-to-door shuttle services from the airport to the hotel. If you choose to book one of these, make sure you confirm the pick-up location and whether the service is complimentary or not.
Taxi: Taxi stands are located on the ground floor of the international domestic terminals and fares to the city centre average approximately $45 CAD. You will need to pay an additional infrastructure fee of about $2 CAD on all taxi fares from the airport and some taxi operators might ask you to pay the full amount in advance.
Car Rental: Car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty operate booking desks at the domestic and international terminals.