CityCat ferry

Public Transport in Brisbane

Brisbane prides itself on being green and its sustainability, so it’s no wonder that public transport is one of the best ways to get around the city.

With the TransLink go card you can travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, ferry and rail services across south-east Queensland. It’s the perfect travel companion. Get your go card from selected retailers and QR stations, online or over the phone, and top up your card balance like a prepaid mobile phone whenever it suits you. 


One of the most pleasant and cost-effective ways to get around Brisbane is via its main artery, the Brisbane River. Brisbane Ferries operates Brisbane City Council’s CityCat and CityFerry Services. The CityCat is generally used for longer journeys up and downstream, while the CityHopper and Cross River ferries are used for short journeys across the water. Enjoy the ample sightseeing opportunities as you wind your way around the river with access to key city stops including New Farm Park, South Bank and Bulimba.


Buses are a popular form of transport in Brisbane due to their virtual door-to-door access in this city which boasts its fair share of hills. Brisbane City Council operates the bus network in the capital and even offers free city loop buses around the CBD operating Mon-Fri 7am-5.50pm, every ten minutes from any red CBD bus stop and a guided City Sights bus tour. If you want to get out and enjoy Brisbane’s nightlife, the council also has you covered running all-night bus and train services, known as NightLink services from the CBD and Fortitude Valley on Friday and Saturday nights. 


Brisbane has a sophisticated train service which connects the CBD to the outer suburbs in all directions. There are 11 lines in operation including to the airport, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Ipswich. Trains are modern and air-conditioned.

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CityCycle offers up to 2000 bikes for pick up and drop off at up to 150 bike parking stations across inner city Brisbane. CityCycle is primarily for short trips within the inner city, offering free 30 minute hire for subscribers. If you hire a bike don’t forget your helmet – it’s illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in Australia. Some CityCycle’s come with a yellow helmet.