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Getting to Brisbane

With more than 23.2 million passengers in 2017, the award-winning Brisbane Airport is the third busiest in Australia. Brisbane is the closest destination for many 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 14 and under travel free) and links the domestic and international terminals. Brisbane Airport is located about 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. A new international cruise terminal at the Brisbane River mouth will complement this facility later in 2020.

Getting around Brisbane

Translink train

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 simple and cost effective. Issued by Translink, the Go Card is a touch-on touch-off system that 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, Queensland Rail station ticketing offices, any 7-Eleven or Night Owl store or selected retailers displaying the 'buy' symbol.

Plan your journey on public transport using the Translink Journey Planner or Google Maps.

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 7am and 6pm the Brisbane City Loop Bus runs every 10 minutes and is a jump-on and jump-off system.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Access
Discover Brisbane by foot to get to know the city intimately thanks to 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.

Green Cabs
Introduced to Brisbane’s transport landscape in 2009, Green Cabs have quickly become 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. 

Brisbane is home to Uber, DiDi, Ola and GoCatch.

Key phone numbers

Brisbane Visitor Information & Booking Centre: (07) 3006 6290.
TransLink (public transport information):  13 12 30.
Black & White Cabs: 13 32 22.
13cabs: 13 22 27.
Emergency (ambulance, police or fire brigade): Dial 000.

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