Getting To Brisbane
With more than 20 million passengers in 2011/12, the award-winning Brisbane Airport is the third busiest in Australia. Brisbane is the closest destination for international travellers to Australia and is a great hub to start from for many Australian experiences.
Once you’ve arrived, getting around Brisbane is a pleasure with its first class network of travel and transport links. From the airport, board the Airtrain for a direct transfer to the city (kids travel free) and links the domestic and international terminals. Brisbane Airport is located less than 20 minutes from the city centre via train.
The Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf welcomes the majority of cruise liners that dock in Brisbane. Located on the north side of the city and home to a buzzing dining precinct, Portside Wharf is a luxury landing for cruise passengers. For those wanting to get closer to nature, Morton Island is Brisbane’s latest destination for cruise liners and welcomes visitors with white sandy beaches, adventure sports and dolphin feeding.
Getting around Brisbane
Public Transport – Ferry/Bus/Train
Visitors to Brisbane are able to travel across the city on one cashless ticket called a ‘Go Card’ making getting around easy, simple and cost effective. Issued by Translink, the Go Card is a touch-on touch-off system which can be used on the city’s buses, trains, CityCats and ferry services. A Go Card can be purchased at the Translink office located in the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre, on Queen Street Mall or at most local news agencies.
City Loop Bus
For inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free-loop bus service is a fast way to get from point A to point B. Available from Monday to Friday only between 7.00am and 6.00pm the Brisbane City Loop Bus runs every ten minutes and is a jump-on and jump-off system.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Access
Discover Brisbane by foot to get to know the city intimately because of the central business district’s compact structure and proximity to the Brisbane River. Alternatively, visit one of the 150 CityCycle hire stations to explore the city from the seat of a bicycle. Home to more than 1100 kilometres of dedicated path ways, walking or cycling around the city is a fun, simple and smart way to travel.
Introduce to Brisbane’s transport landscape in 2009, Green Cabs have quickly becoming the way to travel around the inner-city. Eco-friendly and affordable the service is only available on weekends, during special events or on special request. Green Cabs can be picked up from the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank and used between West End and Fortitude Valley.
Another way to get to where you need to go is via a taxi. You'll find taxi ranks at the Brisbane international and domestic airports, as well as throughout Brisbane City and its surrounding regions. Jumping in a taxi can be a quick and efficient way of getting to your destination. If you need transport for four passengers or less you can order a standard taxi, if you need wheelchair access or have between five – 10 passengers you will need to order a maxi taxi.
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Key phone numbers
Brisbane Visitor Information & Booking Centre: (07) 3006 6290.
TransLink (transport information): 13 12 30.
Black & White Cabs: 13 32 22.
Yellow Cabs: 13 19 24.
Emergency (ambulance, police or fire brigade): Dial 000.