Travelling around Brisbane

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.

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. The closest station to the Hilton Brisbane is the Queen Street bus station. For specific routes and times please visit the Translink Site.

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.

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, Queensland University of Technology 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.


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.

Brisbane is a compact, connected city, ideal for walking and getting around via the many scenic river and bridge walks. The city’s efficient transport network makes it easy for visitors to find their way about the city.


Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is a curfew-free facility that’s serviced by 33 airlines (including 31 direct international destinations and 44 domestic destinations).

Characterised by exceptional design, first-class facilities and the highest standards of customer service, the airport offers travellers the ultimate in ease and efficiency with both international and domestic terminals co-located just 12km from the CBD.

Delegates can quickly and easily access Brisbane city from the airport via the Airtrain, bus, taxi or hire car. For more information about airport transfers and Brisbane’s public transport system click here or see below for further information.

Airport Transfers

Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are approximately 20km north east of the Central Business District (CBD), a 25 to 30 minute drive. Visitors can reach the central business district by taxi, shuttle bus or train.


Airtrain services run frequently from Brisbane Airport and stops at 4 major stations in Brisbane City: Fortitude Valley, Central Station, Roma Street and South Brisbane, with the journey taking approximately 20 minutes. The airport stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International terminals. Airtrain fares start from $16. Pre-book or estimate your fare at (book online to save up to 15% on your fare).

Exclusive Brisbane Airtrain Offer – present a printed copy of this letter at the Airtrain station for your special discounted fare of only $25.00 return (station price $33 return) from Brisbane Airport into Brisbane City. Alternatively, you can get a ticket for $15.30 one way to the city (station price $17.50 one way).


The taxi fare from the city centre is approximately A$40 – $50 which includes a $3 fee for taxis departing from the airport. To calculate your fare please visit Black and White Cabs or Yellow Cabs.

For more information about getting to and from the airport, please visit the Brisbane Airport Corporation’s website.

Jan Power’s City Farmers Market
Lamington St, Newfarm, Brisbane
6am to Noon Every Saturday

The Jan Powers Farmers Markets in front of the Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington St Newfarm are on every Saturday of the month from 6 am till 12 noon. Whether you are a busy city worker, Queen Street Mall shopper, or visitor, you will not only find the highest-quality, locally grown produce but also an exciting shopping experience with fabulous and exotic foods that are sure to delight.

The Collective Markets
Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank (Brisbane)
The Market operates every weekend.
Friday: 5pm – 9pm Saturday: 10am – 9pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm

The Collective Markets are a South Bank must-do experience while in Brisbane. They feature plenty of cool trinkets and goodies that you won’t find anywhere else. Celebrating the best of Brisbane’s emerging designers, artists, creative entrepreneurs, musicians, foodies and collectors, The Collective Markets are ideal for finding a unique gift, marvelling at Brisbane’s local talent or simply strolling and enjoying the atmosphere.

Fortitude Valley Markets
Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
10am to 5pm Every Saturday

Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Chinatown Mall and Brunswick Street Mall host a variety of activities and events. Held every Saturday from 10am-5pm, you can hunt for a bargain, check out the vintage fashion and bric a brac or chill out with live entertainment.

100% Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, Brisbane City
15 July, 2016 to 30 June 2019
10am to 5pm Daily

We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story.

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