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Travelling Around Brisbane

 

Public Transport

A 5 day travel card (GoCard) is included with your registration. This covers all public transport in Brisbane metropolitan areas. Therefore, if you wish to book accommodation outside of the Brisbane CBD you can easliy travel to/from QUT using your GoCard.

 

Journey Planner

Use the online journey planner or download the MyTransLink App from the App Store or Google Play to find nearby stops, stations or terminals and for up-to-date bus, train, ferry and tram information.

 

Airport Transfers

Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are approximately 20km north east of the Central Business District (CBD), a 15 to 20 minute drive. Visitors can reach the central business district by taxi, Airtrain or shuttle bus.

 

Taxi

The taxi fare from the city centre is approximately A$50 which includes a $3 fee for taxis departing from the airport.

Brisbane city is serviced by 3 taxi companies:

To calculate your fare please visit Yellow Cabs, Black and White Cabs, or Uber.

 

Airtrain

Catch the Airtrain from South Brisbane station to Brisbane’s international and domestic airports. Airtrain services run frequently from Brisbane Airport to the centre of Brisbane and the express, air-conditioned journey takes only 20 minutes. The airport stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International terminals and connect with 5 stations covering 80% of downtown Brisbane.

Tickets are available for this service from the Client and Visitors Services Centre located in the main airport foyer. Contact healthyhousing2016@qut.edu.au to request your Airtrain discount voucher (registered delegates only).

 

Airport Shuttle Bus
Buses connect the CBD and airports. A single transfer starts from $16 with Coachtrans, which departs the airports and Roma Street Transit Centre (CBD) every 30 minutes. All major city hotels are serviced on request.

 

Bus services

Please note, in Australia it is necessary to hail the bus upon its approach by signaling with your arm.  This indicates to the driver that you would like to board the bus.

Brisbane City Council operates one of the largest bus fleets in Australia. A network of high frequency buses run daily between 6am and 11.30pm.

Click here for CBD Bus Map.

Further information about bus services, including timetables, can be found on the TransLink website.

 

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Free City Centre bus loops

The free City Bus Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services provide high frequency public transport access within the Brisbane CBD, as well as between the Brisbane CBD and Spring Hill areas.

The City Loop operates in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction around the Brisbane CBD from the red signposted bus stops, using distinctive red buses. Popular stops along the route include QUT, Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, City Hall, Central Station, Riverside and Eagle Street Pier.

The Spring Hill Loop operates on a continuous loop between the CBD and Spring Hill precincts from the yellow signposted bus stops, using distinctive yellow buses. Popular stops along the route include Post Office Square, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and Central Station.

Click here for Loop Map.

More detailed timetable information can be found on the TransLink website.

 

CityCat and ferry services

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Brisbane City Council operates a fleet of 20 CityCats along a network of 25 terminals stretching from The University of Queensland at St Lucia to Northshore Hamilton.

CityCats operate seven days a week with regular services every 15 minutes for most of the day, and express routes and more frequent services during peak times.

Click here for CityCat Map.

Further information about ferry services, including timetables, can be found on the TransLink website.

 

Free Brisbane River CityHopper

The CityHopper service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnhopperight, seven days a week.

The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

As the CityHopper is free, all you need to do is hop on and hop off and enjoy taking in the Brisbane River and city sights.

Click here for CityHopper Map.

For up-to-date timetable information, visit TransLink’s website.

 

Train Services

Brisbane has a network of suburban railways that carry commuters, long distance travellers and freight. There are 10 train lines – Airport, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Cleveland, Doomben, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast, Ipswich/Rosewood, Shorncliffe and Sunshine Coast – and 139 stations in Brisbane’s train network.

Click here for Train Line Map.

For up-to-date timetable information, visit TransLink’s website.

 

Driving

Australians drive on the left, which can be disconcerting for visitors used to driving on the right side of the road. Roads are generally good and major routes well signposted. Speed limits and distances are expressed in kilometres and vary substantially from 50 kph in residential and heavy traffic areas to 110 kph on freeways. Drink driving is a serious offence and heavily policed. The legal limit is 0.05%.

 

Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) map

CBD map