Perth’s first air bus

New airport bus direct to Perth international airport terminal to start on November 1

Perth's first direct bus route from the central city to the airport has been given the green light this week.

The new service has been named Route 380 as a nod to world's largest passenger airliner and will cost much less than airport bus services in cities on Australia’s eastern seaboard.

"The state government recognises that the public wants integrated smart transport solutions to get them around our growing city - this is one of those services," Western Australian (WA) transport minister Dean Nalder says.

The bus will run every half hour from the Esplanade Busport, via Burswood Station, Victoria Park transfer station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre and on to the airport – with about 1000 boardings expected each week day.

Late night services will run every hour and at a cost of $4.50 from the city, or $3.38 with a SmartRider card, it makes for a very economical 40 minute trip considering the distance.

Buses fitted with luggage racks will depart the city between 4.25am and 11.25pm, catering for an estimated 92 per cent of airport departures and 99 per cent of arrivals.

The WA and Federal Governments have invested heavily in infrastructure around the airport, including Gateway WA and the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

"A number of vital new interchanges around the airport opened last month, tourists and travellers have a new gateway into Western Australia," Nalder says.

"The new bus service is the latest in a suite of investments in an integrated road, rail and bus network around Perth Airport, making it even easier to travel in our state."

A proposed rail service, the Forrestfield-Airport Link, will eventually deliver passengers straight into the heart of Perth, but this is not due for completion for another five years.

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