A – Z Guide for Getting Around Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city by population. With over two million residents, this river city has a temperate sub-tropical climate, with around 245 days of sunny days every year. With these practical tips for getting in and around the city, any traveller can make their next Brisbane trip enjoyable and time effective.

Getting In

Brisbane airport is around 20km from Brisbane CBD. For travellers visiting the city, serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD will often have direct bus transfers with door-to-door pick up and drop offs.

The major domestic carriers have daily flights to the city and the airport is currently served with around 44 destinations around Australia. Direct flights are numerous. Some of the airport’s busiest international routes include Singapore’s Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Christchurch International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport.

Tips for getting to Brisbane CBD from the airport:

  • By bus. Bus airport transfers are frequent during business hours, some servicing the airport every 15 or 20 minutes.
  • By Airtrain. Brisbane’s train service is linked to the Airtrain service, which allows you to get to the CBD railway stations direct from Brisbane airport. Airtrain is and inexpensive way to get to the CBD and runs every day at 15 to 30 minute intervals. Tickets are available from the Airtrain counter.
  • By taxi. Taxis are plentiful at the airport and probably the fastest way to get to the CBD, especially if you arrive outside Airtrain and bus hours.
  • Car rental. A number of car rental companies service Brisbane airport. You can rent at the counter or call before for a booking.

Getting Around

Getting around Brisbane city is very easy as the city itself is relatively flat and compact.

  • By taxi. Taxis are numerous in the city and they can be hailed anywhere. Taxi ranks can be found throughout the city, though the queues can be quite long during peak hours. If you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD, you may want to arrange pick up from your apartment door to save time.
  • By car. Driving in Brisbane is not too difficult although many CBD roads are one-way. Casual parking in the city costs around $40 per day.
  • By foot. Brisbane is a great city for walking. It’s possible to walk to the surrounding inner-city suburbs with a 20 or 30 minute stroll.
  • Biking. It’s easy to bike around Brisbane. Bikes are allowed on footpaths, though cyclists must give way to pedestrians. The City Botanic Gardens rent out bikes by hour, day, or week. For a leisurely cycle, try the cycle paths along the river. Helmets are compulsory.
  • Bus, Train, and CityCat. Ferries, buses, and trains are the three most common public transport choices in the city. They use a common ticketing system (Translink) and so the same ticket for all three provided that users travel within the time limit and allowed zone for their ticket. ‘Go cards’ – electronic cards for storing travel credits – are probably more convenient if you’ll be doing lots of trips on public transport.
  • Green Cabs. Green Cabs (rickshaws) are a recent arrival in Brisbane and a novel way to see parts of Brisbane. Travellers can take tours or rent them like a regular taxi service. They serve mainly West End, the CBD, and Fortitude Valley.

Posted (10-Oct-2011)

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