Transport in Brisbane, Australia

From the Airport
Brisbane International Airport is situated about sixteen kilometres from the city centre and if you arrive on a domestic flight, the terminal is another two kilometres further out. If you are staying in the city centre, Skytrans operate a shuttle service to the city which departs every forty five minutes from both the domestic and international terminals. This will cost you $11 and the trip takes about half an hour. There is no public bus service but there are plans to run a new Airtrain service which is due to commence in May of this year. A taxi for the same journey will cost you about $20 from the international terminal and about $24 from the domestic one.

If you take the bus or train to the city, you will usually connect with the Transit Centre which is located on Roma Street. This is the arrival and departure point for all interstate services. The two principal rail connections which provide interstate transport are Queensland Rail’s Traveltrain services or the Citytrain link which connects Brisbane with the Gold Coast. There are several bus connections which you can also find out about in the Transit Centre.

Public Transport
While it is possible to travel throughout most of the city on foot, Brisbane does offer an extensive public transport system. Trains run between 5.00am and midnight from Sunday to Thursday and until 1.00am on Friday and Saturday nights. All depart from the city’s Central Station which is situated between Turbot Street and Ann Street.

The city’s public bus service also starts running at 5.00am but only runs until 11.00pm. It is also worth noting that there are fewer services at the weekends and many services cease at 5.00pm on Sundays.

Fares for both services are calculated on a zone system so the more zones you cross, obviously the higher your fare is going to be. You can buy a one-way ticket from the bus driver, but if you are in the city for a while it is more economical to buy a book of tickets or one of the number of passes which are available from agencies throughout the city.

The main taxi rank in the city is located on Edward Street and there is also another one by the Casino at the top of Queen Street. Yellow Cabs and Black & White Cabs are the two officially recognised taxi companies in the city and both offer a twenty-four hour service with metered fares so you know that you are not being overcharged

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