Getting around Brisbane and beyond

So you’ve arrived in Brisbane, but what next? Depending on whether you’re in a hurry, want to stretch your legs or want to see the sights from a different angle, it’s easy to get lost when trying to decide on the logistics of your trip.

Here’s our guide to get from A to B and all the way to Z via Brisbane’s diverse transport options.

Airtrain

Airtrain

The Airtrain departs from both the international and domestic terminals at Brisbane Airport, connecting passengers with the Brisbane CBD, South Bank and Fortitude Valley. The service runs every 15 minutes in rush hour, and every 30 minutes off-peak and is arguably the quickest way to get to the CBD from the airport, taking just 23 minutes.

Coaches and buses

Murray's Coaches

Getting a group around Brisbane doesn’t need to be a hassle. Belbaker Bus Charters, Hughes Chauffeured Cars, Limousines & Coaches, Kangaroo Bus Lines, Limoso Luxury Transport and Murrays Coaches, Buses & Limousines are reliable and offer a high-quality, safe fleet. From small group transfers to and from the hotel, the airport or the meeting venue to transporting large groups around Brisbane and the region, suddenly the logistics of getting everyone around Brisbane seem a lot simpler.

Private car

Hughes Chauffeured Cars

For the smaller groups or the VIP traveller, book a private car to take the stress out of figuring out how to get to that appointment on the other side of the city on time. Relax in the air-conditioning and take in the city sights from the back seat of a private car from Belbaker Bus Charters, Hughes Chauffeured Cars, Limoso Luxury Transport or Murray’s Coaches, Buses & Limousines.

Air

S&S Aviation

Low on time and looking for inspiration? Take the scenic route and see Brisbane from a different angle from the comfort of a private helicopter or plane. S&S Aviation takes off from Mt Coot-tha, making it the closest and most accessible helicopter ride if you’re in the city. V2 Helicopters flies in and out of Archerfield, passing over many of Brisbane’s landmarks as you fly towards the CBD and beyond. 

For the real high-roller, taking off in a private plane is not something you’ll soon forget. Adagold Aviation is located near Brisbane Airport, making it a convenient transit point.

Public transport

Translink

If you’re here for a few days, buy a go Card for seamless and affordable travel around Brisbane via the bus, ferry and rail services. You can pick one up and top it up online, over the phone or from many news agencies. If you’re part of a larger delegation, you may be eligible for the go Event card, which offers three days of unlimited travel for $12. You can plan your trip and check timetables via TransLink’s Journey Planner, or via the free MyTransLink app.

Brisbane also offers some free public transport options. Hail the City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus or jump on board the CityHopper to travel via the Brisbane River between New Farm, the CBD and South Bank.

On foot

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

They say that the best way to really see a city is on foot. Put on your comfiest pair of shoes and make your way from hotel to meeting on foot or follow these short and scenic walks around Brisbane when you have some spare time.

On wheels

CityCycle

If the idea of a leisurely stroll puts you to sleep, get yourself some wheels – two wheels, to be exact. Brisbane has an extensive network of bikeways and shared pathways that make for quite the picturesque commute. Hire one of the many bikes from the CityCycle bike hire stations located throughout Brisbane and get to where you need to be fast. CityCycle is convenient, it’s green and – best of all – it’s affordable. A 24-hour pass will set you back $2 and for any number of trips of less than 30 minutes, it’s totally free.

Didn't pack your walking shoes? Not to worry, jump on board a segway and see the sights without hardly having to move a muscle. Segways can be hired from X-Wing Tours', Riverlife or Kangaroo Segway Tours.

Cabs

Green Cabs Brisbane

Black and White Cabs and Yellow Cabs can be hailed from just about anywhere and can be found lined up at any of Brisbane’s taxi ranks. If you need to book ahead – call or book via their apps. Keen to take the scenic route minus the physical effort? Hop on to one of the Green Cabs, departing from the Wheel of Brisbane to take you where you need to go.

Visiting Brisbane on business but have a few days to spare? Check out our friends at Visit Brisbane for shopping, dining and activity guides.

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