Getting around - Choose Brisbane

Getting around

Brisbane is a compact, intuitively planned city which makes it simple for delegates to navigate on foot. Getting to, from and around Brisbane is made easy with these transport options.

Public transport

Brisbane’s fully integrated public transport network offers a cost-effective option for road, rail and river travel.

Spanning the South-East Queensland corner, the TransLink system represents one of the largest public transport networks in the world.

For further information, visit the Translink website.


The TransLink go card – Brisbane’s most common and convenient public transport payment option – is a pre-purchased electronic travel card that operates on a “touch-on, touch-off” system on all TransLink bus, train and ferry services.

Go cards can be bought at hundreds of retail locations across South-East Queensland and at train station ticket offices, online or by calling TransLink.

As an alternative, single paper tickets can be bought from fare machines, on board most buses and ferries and at train station ticket offices.

The go access Corporate events card is a new ticketing solution available for conference delegates. At only $12, the go access Corporate events card offers delegates 3 days of unlimited travel on buses, trains, City Cats and ferry services.

For further information, visit the Translink website.

Bus services

With 400 bus routes and more than 12,600 stops, TransLink’s modern fleet of buses connect all corners of the city and key community spots such as shopping centres, train stations and ferry terminals.

Special services to note include the free Loop buses, CityGlider buses and NightLink buses.

Free Loop bus services

For inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free Loop bus services are a quick and convenient alternative to taxis and pavement pounding.

  • Brisbane City Loop buses circle the central business district in two directions, running every 10 minutes from any red city bus stop. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 7am-6pm.
  • Spring Hill Loop buses provide a link between the city and Spring Hill precinct, with frequent services operating from yellow bus stops. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 6.50am-6.05pm.


The popular CityGlider buses are pre-paid, high-frequency services that link the inner-city suburbs with other travel services such as NightLink.

Operating hours: Sunday to Thursday 5.30am-11.30pm; Friday and Saturday 24-hours.

NightLink Services

In addition to standard bus and train services, TransLink offers public transport users special NightLink services on Friday and Saturday nights. Operating out of the central business district and Fortitude Valley, the services provide a late-night travel option on selected transport routes.

Train services

With a comprehensive network that extends across 10 lines and more than 130 stations, the local electric rail network provides easy access to key destinations including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Roma Street Transit Centre, South Bank and Suncorp Stadium. Coastal destinations and popular attractions such as Dreamworld/WhiteWater World and Australia Zoo are also well serviced through the rail network and dedicated bus connections.

CityCat and ferry services

A beloved part of the Brisbane River landscape, Brisbane’s CityCats (high-speed catamarans) and ferry services connect commuters to key destinations along the river including the Eagle Street Pier, New Farm Park, Portside Wharf, South Bank and The University of Queensland. Always quick and easy, the CityCats and ferries are also a great way to see the city sights.

Delegates can also take advantage of the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney St, New Farm.

For further information, visit the TransLink website.

Airport Transfers


Celebrated as Australia’s first dedicated rail link for airport patrons – the Airtrain provides travellers with a convenient pre and post-flight transfer option.

The 20-minute express service runs every 15 minutes from the international and domestic terminals during peak hours, stopping at five inner-city stations.

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Brisbane Airport customer service counter (domestic terminal) and at Airtrain, city and suburban train stations.

For further information visit the Airtrain website.


Dedicated taxi ranks are centrally located on the front doorstep of Brisbane Airport’s international and domestic terminals.

For further information, visit the Black & White Cabs website.

For further information, visit the Yellow Cab Co website.

Vehicle hire

Various vehicle rental companies, chauffeured cars and charter services operate in and around Brisbane.

For further information, visit the Brisbane Airport website.

Boardwalks and bikeways

From strolling to cycling, the green options for getting out and about are plentiful in Brisbane. A simple grid system of city streets and an expansive network of pedestrian paths, parks, bridges and boardwalks encourage delegates to head outdoors for eco-friendly travel options.

City strolling

With a compact city centre, a pedestrian mall covering several blocks of the city heart and two city-to-South Bank footbridges, Brisbane is a foot-friendly destination. Popular urban villages like Fortitude Valley and landmark destinations like South Bank are all within easy walking distance of the city centre.


Ideally suited to short journeys, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme offers an eco-friendly and cost-efficient travel option. Working on a subscription basis with time usage fees, CityCycle provides registered users with access to bikes from hire stations located across the inner-city suburbs.

For further information, visit the CityCycle website.

Green Cabs

Eco-friendly and affordable, Brisbane’s Green Cabs provide an easy-going inner-city transport option. Operating on weekends and during special events, the pedicabs primarily service the central business district and neighbouring precincts of South Bank, West End and Fortitude Valley. Green Cabs are also available for special tours and corporate event hire.

For further information, visit the Green Cabs website.