How to get to & get around Brisbane

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How to get to and from Brisbane by airline


Brisbane's major airport

Brisbane International Airport is Brisbane's major airport for international and domestic air travel and is located only 16 kilometres from the city centre. (Refer to location map below). The airport has two terminals.

  • International Terminal - for all international flights

  • Domestic Terminal - is broken up into 3 areas. The northern section is for all Qantas domestic flights, the central section is the common-user domestic terminal for airlines such as Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Strategic Airlines, Regional Express and other smaller regional airlines. The southern section is for all Virgin Australia domestic flights.

To get to and from the airport there are several options

  • Train - Airtrain offers services to and from the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast. Services operate from 5 am to 7.59 pm daily, 7 days per week and depart every 15 minutes during peak hours. Travel time from Brisbane City to the Airport in 22 minutes.

  • Bus to the city and Gold Coast - Coachtrans Australia (phone (07) 3358 9700) services all major accommodation houses, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD and to the Gold Coast from Sanctuary Cove to Coolangatta.

  • Bus to the Sunshine Coast - Sun-air (phone 1800 804 340) operates door-to-door bus service to the Sunshine Coast every hour from 5am to 9pm.

  • Metropolitan and regional suburb bus transfers - There are many shuttle bus companies that provide shuttle bus services between the airport and various Brisbane suburbs and other regional areas. These buses generally need to be pre-booked. Check the Yellow Pages under "Bus and Coach Services" for the service to and from your area, or enquire at the information desks within the airport.

  • Taxi - There are plenty of taxis available at the airport. It will cost you roughly about $40 to $50 for a taxi ride to the city centre (depending on traffic).

Transfer between International and Domestic Terminals

  • T - Bus - This is a shuttle bus service between the International and Domestic Terminals, which costs $5.00 (one way, per person).

  • Airtrain - Airtrain offers services between the terminals. Services operate from 5 am to 7.59 pm daily, 7 days per week and depart every 15 minutes during peak hours.

Which airlines operate to and from Brisbane

International Airlines

There are many international airlines that fly to Brisbane from various countries around the world. Refer to our Getting to Australia section for more information.

Domestic Airlines

  • Qantas (Phone 13 13 13) operate to Brisbane from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Virgin Australia (Phone 13 67 89) operate to Brisbane from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Jetstar (Phone 13 15 38) operate to Brisbane from most major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Tiger Airways (Phone 03 9335 3033) has flights to Brisbane from Melbourne.

Regional Airlines

  • Regional Express (Phone 13 17 13) operates to several regional destinations in Queensland and New South Wales from Brisbane.

Bus ServicesHow to get to and from Brisbane by bus/coach services

Interstate and intrastate bus services arrive at the Roma Street Transit Centre, which is located on Roma Street (Refer to location map below).

The main bus companies that provides bus service from Brisbane to other parts of the country include:

  • Greyhound (phone 1300 473 946) is Australia's largest bus company and they provide regular scheduled bus services right throughout the country (with the exception of Tasmania). They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel around Australia.

  • Premier Motor Service (phone 13 34 10) provides regular scheduled bus services along the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne. They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel on their network.

  • Oz Experience (Phone 1300 300 328) offers a jump on, jump off bus service that operates north to Cairns and south to Sydney stopping at limited places along the way.

Train ServicesHow to get and from Brisbane by train

Interstate and intrastate train services arrive at the Roma Street Railway Station, which is located on Roma Street (Refer to location map below).

  • Queensland Rail (phone 13 16 17) operate various interstate train services between Brisbane and Cairns, Brisbane and Longreach, Brisbane and Charleville and Townsville and Mount Isa.

  • NSW TrainLink (phone 13 22 32) operate train services to Brisbane from Sydney and other destinations in New South Wales.

  • Great Southern Rail (phone 13 21 47) operates The Southern Spirit (Between Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane).

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Transport mapTrain and bus stations and airport locations

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How to get around Brisbane

Public TransportPublic transport



Brisbane has an extensive rail network that covers many parts of the city and surrounding regional areas.



Buses provide the most extensive network. Local Government buses cover most of Brisbane with local bus operators covering the outer suburbs.



Brisbane Ferries provide regular services along the Brisbane River from Bulimba and Hamilton through to the University of Queensland.



Refer to the Translink website for more information about timetables and services

Fares & tickets

Fares are relatively inexpensive on all public transport services. Brisbane uses the "go card" electronic ticket system, which lets you travel seamlessly on all bus, train and ferry services.


More information

For further information about public transport in Brisbane, refer to theTranslink website or phone 131 230.


There are many taxi companies in Brisbane. It is not a very cheap method of transport, but is sometimes the most convenient.

There is a central number to call all taxi companies in Brisbane. This is 131 008.

Alternatively you could hale one off the street or obtain one from a dedicated taxi stands at various locations throughout the city.

CyclingCycling / bike hire

There is a good network of bike paths for you to explore Brisbane.  The Brisbane City Council website allows you to download various maps that provide information on on-road and off-road bicycle lanes, bike shelters and cyclepods.

Bike hire/rentals

To hire a bike check out:

  • Brisbane Bicycle Hire - Phone 0408 003 198

  • Bicycle Revolution - Phone (07) 3342 7829


It is compulsory to wear a bike helmet when you ride a bike in Australia. You can be hit with a fine if you are caught not wearing it.