Internationally recognised as one of the best privatised airports in the world, Brisbane Airport is a curfew-free facility that’s serviced by 33 airlines (including 31 direct international destinations and 44 domestic destinations). Characterised by exceptional design, first-class facilities and the highest standards of customer service, the airport offers travellers the ultimate in ease and efficiency with both international and domestic terminals co-located on a 2,700 hectare site situated just 20 minutes and 12 kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre.
Brisbane Airport manages more than 3,300 flights per week and in excess of 19.7 million passengers per year. As one of the world’s leading hubs for commercial and passenger flights, the airport offers global connections to a range of destinations including Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Dallas and Dubai.
Getting to, from and around the airport is made easy with these transport options.
Airtrain – celebrated as Australia’s first dedicated rail link for airport patrons – provides travellers with a convenient pre and post-flight transfer option. The 20 minute express service runs every 15 minutes from the international and domestic terminals during peak hours stopping at five inner-city stations. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Brisbane Airport customer service counter (domestic terminal) and at Airtrain, city and suburban train stations.
For further information visit the Airtrain website.
Operating seven days a week, Coachtrans Australia offers airport travellers a door-to-door bus shuttle service covering all major city-based accommodation. Coachtrans services both the international and domestic terminals to meet all flights. Services should be pre-booked. Tickets can be purchased online or through the customer service counters located onsite at the international and domestic terminals.
For further information visit the Coachtrans website.
The TBus service provides a cost-effective connection between the international and domestic terminals. Bus stops are located outside the arrival halls and services run regularly throughout the day. Alternatively, Airtrain and taxi services provide an easy inter-terminal transfer option.
Dedicated taxi ranks are centrally located on the front doorstep of Brisbane Airport’s international and domestic terminals.
For further information see Black & White Cabs.
For further information see Yellow Cab Co.
Various vehicle rental companies, chauffeured cars and charter services operate in and around Brisbane.
Click here to search for a Brisbane transport operator.
For further information visit the Brisbane Airport website.
Brisbane’s fully-integrated public transport network offers a cost-effective option for road, rail and river travel. Spanning the South-East Queensland corner, the TransLink system represents one of the largest public transport networks in the world.
The TransLink go card – Brisbane’s most common and convenient public transport payment option – is a pre-purchased electronic travel card that operates on a “touch-on touch-off” system on all TransLink bus, train and ferry services. Go cards can be purchased at hundreds of retail locations across South-East Queensland and at train station ticket offices, online or by calling TransLink. As an alternative, single paper tickets can be purchased from fare machines, on board most buses and ferries and at train station ticket offices.
With 400 bus routes and more than 12,600 stops, TransLink’s modern fleet of buses connect all corners of the city and key community spots such as shopping centres, train stations and ferry terminals. Special services to note include the free Loop buses, CityGlider buses and NightLink buses.
The Loop free bus services
For inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free Loop bus services are a quick and convenient alternative to taxis and pavement pounding.
Brisbane City Loop buses circle the central business district in two directions running every ten minutes from any red city bus stop. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm.
Spring Hill Loop buses provide a link between the city and Spring Hill precinct with frequent services operating from yellow bus stops. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 6:50am to 6:05pm.
The popular CityGlider buses are pre-paid high frequency services that link the inner-city suburbs with other travel services such as NightLink.
Operating hours: Sunday to Thursday 5:30am to 11:30pm; Friday and Saturday 24-hours.
In addition to standard bus and train services, TransLink offers public transport users special NightLink services on Friday and Saturday nights. Operating out of the central business district and Fortitude Valley, the services provide a late night travel option on selected transport routes.
With a comprehensive network that extends across ten lines and more than 130 stations, the local electric rail network provides easy access to key destinations including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Roma Street Transit Centre, South Bank and Suncorp Stadium. Coastal destinations and popular attractions such as Dreamworld | WhiteWater World and Australia Zoo are also well serviced through the rail network and dedicated bus connections.
CityCat and ferry services
A beloved part of the Brisbane River landscape, Brisbane’s CityCats (high-speed catamarans) and ferry services connect commuters to key destinations along the river including the Eagle Street Pier, New Farm Park, Portside Wharf, South Bank and The University of Queensland. Always quick and easy, the CityCats and ferries are also a great way to see the city sights.
For further information visit the TransLink website.
Private vehicle hire
For the ultimate in all-hours door-to-door convenience, a private hire option might be the best bet. Brisbane covers all bases from boats to cars to helicopters.
With a river that winds its way through the city, boat hire is a popular transport option that’s especially suited to luxury cruises and special corporate events.
From Kombis for travellers to chauffeured transfers for corporate groups, Brisbane’s car hire companies and charter services can cover all requirements.
For large group transfers, Brisbane’s coach companies are a ready and reliable option that come with a guarantee of comfort and convenience.
Always a popular option, Brisbane is well-serviced by several taxi companies. Taxi ranks are located across the city and on Friday and Saturday nights discounted NightLink FlatFare services run from selected taxi ranks. See above for taxi companies.
Boardwalks and bikeways
From strolling to cycling, the green options for getting out and about are plentiful in Brisbane. A simple grid system of city streets and an expansive network of pedestrian paths, parks, bridges and boardwalks encourages visitors to head outdoors for eco-friendly travel options.
With a compact city centre, a pedestrian mall covering several blocks of the city heart and two city-to-South Bank footbridges, Brisbane is a foot-friendly destination. Popular urban villages like Fortitude Valley and landmark destinations like South Bank are all easy walking distance of the city centre.
Click here to download a self-guided walking tours map.
Ideally suited to short journeys, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme offers an eco-friendly and cost-efficient travel option. Working on a subscription basis with time usage fees, CityCycle provides registered users with access to bikes from hire stations located across the inner-city suburbs.
Eco-friendly and affordable, Brisbane’s Green Cabs provide an easy-going inner-city transport option. Operating on weekends and during special events, the pedicabs primarily service the central business district and neighbouring precincts of South Bank, West End and Fortitude Valley. Green Cabs are also available for special tours and corporate event hire.