Public Transport in Brisbane
Updated: 21 December 2021
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.
Are you looking for public transport information in your language? Are you expecting international visitors? The Translink website has updated its online translations to include public transport information in 17 different languages.
Want to know the easiest way to get around town? Pick up a TransLink go card and travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, ferry and rail services across South East Queensland. The perfect travel companion, go cards are available from attended Queensland Rail stations, online, over the phone, any 7-Eleven or Night Owl store and selected retailers displaying the 'buy' symbol. Top up the card balance like a prepaid mobile phone whenever it suits. Find out more here.
Hail a bus for free in the inner city. The City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services circle the city every 10 minutes and stop at destinations in the CBD and Spring Hill precincts between 7am to 6pm weekdays. Glide between Brisbane’s inner-city precincts by hopping on the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney Street, New Farm. For any inquiries regarding public transport, please contact Translink on 13 12 30 or visit the website.
Let the river be your guide. Brisbane’s ferries, affectionately known as CityCats, are one of the most enjoyable ways to explore The City. Glide along the river with CityCat and ferry services, perfect for sight-seeing and accessing key city spots. A go card is required to travel on a CityCat or Cross River ferry. Hop on board the free CityHopper ferry service to get round inner-city precincts for free. For any inquiries regarding public transport, please contact Translink on 13 12 30 or visit the website.
Explore Brisbane’s neighbourhoods through a comprehensive bus service that runs throughout the city, connecting the outer and inner suburbs to the CBD, major shopping centres, entertainment and dining precincts, railway stations and ferry terminals. Take advantage of special NightLink bus services running after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for late-night travellers. Or get around the inner city with the free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop. Plan your trip now on Translink’s journey planner. For any inquiries regarding public transport, please contact Translink on 13 12 30 or visit the website.
Brisbane’s speedy network of electric trains has the Greater Brisbane region covered and provides direct access to the city, quirky neighbourhood precincts and outer suburbs. There is also a handy Airtrain service that is completely integrated into the Queensland Rail suburban network, with regular trains running from Brisbane Airport directly to Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Travel on a single ticket from any station in South East Queensland to Brisbane Airport. For any inquiries regarding public transport, please contact Translink on 13 12 30 or visit the website.
Taxi ranks are available at the Brisbane international and domestic airports, as well as throughout The City and inner-city precincts. Jump in a taxi to be assured of a quick and efficient way of getting around. A standard taxi will cater for four passengers or fewer. For wheel-chair access or to transport five to 10 passengers, it’s best to order a Multi Passenger Taxi. Contact Black & White Cabs on 133 222 and 13cabs 13 22 27.
Brisbane is home to Uber, DiDi, Ola, Lyft and GoCatch.
You are permitted to drive in Queensland if you hold a valid Australian or foreign licence. If your licence is in a language other than English, you should carry an English translation of it when driving.
Make the most of Brisbane’s wonderful outdoor climate by biking around town. There are extensive bicycle paths running throughout the city and pedal-power offers a healthy and inexpensive way of getting around. Hire a Brisbane City Council CityCycle bike at key inner-city destinations and set off to explore. Courtesy helmets are available with many of the bikes at stations across the network. To join up with the CityCycle program visit the website or call 1300 229 253.