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How to get to The City

Visiting the The City is always a nice day out but there’s no need to save it for special occasions, it’s much easier than you think to get in and there’s so much to experience once you get there. 

Here are some options for you to consider next time you plan a trip into Brisbane's CBD.

Drive and park

If you have a car, you can drive in and park at one of the many carparks dotted throughout the city. The best thing is, if you’re visiting on the weekend or in the evening, parking starts from just $5.

You can find out more about all the carparks in the city here, and learn more about the $5 deal here.

Public transport

Brisbane’s public transport system is far reaching and in a lot of cases centres on the Brisbane CBD, making getting to the city super easy. While cash is acceptable on most services, the cheapest and most efficient way to pay is by purchasing a go card. It will set you back $20 to begin with (including $10 credit) but you can top it up anytime online, over the phone or at a 7-Eleven convenience store. 

You can buy go cards at:

  • 7-Eleven stores and selected retailers where you see the 'buy' symbol
  • Queensland Rail Station ticket offices
  • Fare machines at G:link and busway stations
  • On board Brisbane City Council CityCat and Ferries

If you can travel outside of peak commute times you’re much more likely to get a seat and save some money. These times are:

  • Weekdays: 8.30am–3.30pm and 7pm–3am the next day
  • Weekends: all day
  • Statewide Queensland gazetted public holidays: all day

Visit the Translink Journey Planner to check timetables and pricing.

Bus


Brisbane’s buses are frequent, reliable and cover much of the city’s inner and outer suburbs.

How to pay: go card or cash (cash is accepted on most services, except those that are marked prepaid only. These services will include a ‘P’ at the front of the service number).

Areas serviced: Brisbane’s inner and outer suburbs. Learn more here.

Train

There are two primary stations in the Brisbane CBD, Central Station and Roma Street Station, and all inbound trains travel through both of these and the Fortitude Valley stops. If you’re looking to get to the Queen Street Mall or access the eastern parts of the city (i.e. Eagle Street precincts, Edward Street etc.) then Central Station will be best for you.

How to pay: go card or cash

Areas serviced: Train lines travel from the city centre to the following destinations: Airport Line, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Cleveland, Doomben, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast, Ipswich/Rosewood, Redcliffe, Shorncliffe, Springfield and Sunshine Coast. Learn more here.

CityCat, CityHopper and ferries

Brisbane is the river city, so what better way to experience the CBD than along the weaving and winding bends of the Brisbane River.

How to pay: go card or cash. The City Hopper is free.

Areas serviced: Riverside suburbs are serviced by the ferry system. CityCats travel between St Lucia in the south and Northshore Hamilton in the north, seven days a week with weekday services more frequent. The CityHopper travels between inner-city stations including South Bank, Kangaroo Point and New Farm. Cross-river ferries are in operation between these popular cross points: Bulimba to Teneriffe; Kangaroo Point to Eagle Street; and Norman Park to New Farm. Learn more here.

Private Transport

Taxi

Yellow Cabs and Black and White Cabs service the greater Brisbane area and its surrounds.

How to pay: cash, eftpos, credit card, Cabcharge.

Areas serviced: Greater Brisbane and its surrounds.

Uber

Uber is now legal in Queensland and you can jump on board the ride-sharing trend by registering here.

How to pay: Through the app using a credit card or PayPal account.

Areas serviced: Greater Brisbane and its surrounds.

Get Active

Get on your bike or hire a CityCycle

Riding along the river towards the CBD on a bike is one of Brisbane’s best experiences. If you don’t have a bike of your own, take advantage of the Brisbane CityCyles which have 150 stations around the Brisbane CBD and fringe.

You can even ride for free as long as you check in your bike at a station every 30 minutes. You’ll find this is easy if you’re travelling into the city where there are a lot of docking locations.

How to pay: Register and pay at CityCycle

Areas serviced: Docking stations are at: Brisbane CBD, South Bank, South Brisbane, West End, Dutton Park, New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Teneriffe, Milton, Auchenflower, Toowong, St Lucia, Kangaroo Point.

Walk


Take the opportunity to contribute to your daily step goal and walk in to the CBD. If you live within walking distance this could be a great option but even if you don’t, you could park a little further out or catch transport most of the way and finish with a walk.

The river is lined with beautiful walkways, with the most popular being the Toowong, New Farm, South Bank and West End walkways that all provide delightful river breezes and stunning city vistas.