Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are the train stations located at Brisbane Airport?
Q: Can I purchase tickets at the Airtrain stations on the day of Travel?
Q: Can I purchase tickets to the airport from my local train station online?
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
Q: What are Airtrain's operating Days and Times?
Q: What timetable is used for Public Holidays?
Q: How often do trains depart from the Brisbane airport?
Q: How do return tickets work?
Q: Do I receive a ticket when I book online for the Brisbane Suburbs Train?
Q: Do I receive a ticket when I book online for the Brisbane City Train?
Q: What stations is the E-Ticket available from?
Q: The E-Ticket I bought has my name on it. Can someone else use it?
Q: How long does my E-Ticket remain valid?
Q: I haven't received my email confirmation. What do I do?
Q: Will I have to change trains to get to my destination?
Q: Do you offer a door to door service from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation?
Q: What is required to qualify for a family fare?
Q: What is the age range for a child fare?
Q: I am travelling to the Gold Coast using AirtrainConnect and I'll have my surfboard with me. Is this a problem?
Q: What concession cards does Airtrain accept?
Q: Is there room for luggage on the train?
Q: Can I use a Go Card on the Airtrain?
Q: What Go Card facilities are available at the Airtrain stations?
Q: Can I purchase a Go Card at the Airtrain Stations?
Q: Do I get a discount when using my Go Card on Airtrain?
Q: How do I get to the Airport Village & Direct Factory Outlet (DFO)?
Q: Are lockers available at Brisbane Airport?
Q: Can animals travel on the train?
Q: Are Airport stations Wheelchair accessible?
Q: Is Airtrain a part of Queensland Rail?
Q: How much CO2 emissions do I save by using the Airtrain?

Q:Where are the train stations located at Brisbane Airport?
A:

The Domestic train station is located outside the domestic terminal. Make your way to the Skywalk (covered walkway) to access the Airtrain station and ticket office. There are escalators, travelators and lifts from the ground level of the Domestic Airport for access.

The International train station is located on Level 3 of the Airport terminal, via a covered walkway.

Q:Can I purchase tickets at the Airtrain stations on the day of Travel?
A:

All Airtrain products are available for purchase at the airport stations for same day travel. However, 24 hours' notice is required for the AirtrainConnect service starting from the Gold Coast as this service involves a chauffeur driven vehicle pickup that requires booking in advance.

Q:Can I purchase tickets to the airport from my local train station online?
A:

All online bookings must start at Brisbane Airport.

Tickets are available for purchase on the day of travel from all Queensland Rail (QLD Rail) station. If the station is unattended, purchase Airtrain tickets from the ticket vending machines on the platform. You can also use the Translink go card on Airtrain services.

Q:What forms of payment are accepted?
A:

Airtrain ticket offices accept Cash, Debit Cards, Visa Pay Wave, American Express, MasterCard, Visa & Cab Charge.

Q:What are Airtrain's operating Days and Times?
A:

Airtrain operates seven days a week. The Domestic and International train Stations are staffed and open from 4:50am weekdays and 5:50 weekends until the last train at 10:04pm every day of the year.

Airtrain timetable

Q:What timetable is used for Public Holidays?
A:

The Sunday Timetable is used for Public Holidays, with the Exception of Christmas day where trains operate every 30 minutes to Brisbane City and hourly to the Gold Coast.

Times are advised on the Airtrain website approx. one month before.

Q:How often do trains depart from the Brisbane airport?
A:

Trains depart every 15 minutes in peak periods and depart every 30 minutes in non-peak, Monday to Friday. All services on Saturday & Sunday operate every 30 minutes. Please refer to the online Airtrain Timetable for a full list of departure and arrival times.

Q:How do return tickets work?
A:

Return tickets can be same day or open dated.

Open dated tickets are validated once the date is written on the ticket in the space provided. Please note: dated tickets must be used for travel on the date provided or they become void for travel.

Q:Do I receive a ticket when I book online for the Brisbane Suburbs Train?
A:

You will receive an email confirmation outlining your reservation details. On arrival make your way to the train station ticket office to collect your ticket. Suburban train tickets can only be booked online when starting at the Airport Stations.

Please Note: Airtrain do not confirm a train time when you book online, staff will issue a ticket for the next departing train once you arrive at the Airtrain station.

Q:Do I receive a ticket when I book online for the Brisbane City Train?
A:

You will receive an email with an E-Ticket attached which can be printed for scanning at either the airport or city station or use the link for uploading your E-Ticket to your Smart Phone.

Q:What stations is the E-Ticket available from?
A:

Fortitude Valley, Central Station and Roma Street.

Q:The E-Ticket I bought has my name on it. Can someone else use it?
A:

Yes the Airtrain E-Tickets are fully transferable.

Q:How long does my E-Ticket remain valid?
A:

The E-Ticket remains valid for 2 days from travel date on ticket.

Q:I haven't received my email confirmation. What do I do?
A:

If it hasn't arrived after 1 hour and isn't in your junk mail folder Contact Us

Q:Will I have to change trains to get to my destination?
A:

If you are travelling to or from the Gold Coast or Brisbane City, you are not required to change trains. When travelling from QLD Rail suburban stations to or from the Brisbane Airport, you will be required to change trains, refer to the Translink journey planner for details.

Q:Do you offer a door to door service from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation?
A:

The service is called AirtrainConnect which includes the train to the Gold Coast station and a chauffeured vehicle transfer to your Gold Coast Accommodation or residential addresses.

Q:What is required to qualify for a family fare?
A:

The family fare applies when 2 adults and 2 children (aged 5yrs -14yrs) are travelling together.

Q:What is the age range for a child fare?
A:

The Child fare applies for children aged 5yrs-14yrs (inclusive). Children under 4 years travel at no charge. If you are travelling with infants using the AirtrainConnect service, you will be asked whether you require a booster seat or baby capsule when you arrive.

Q:I am travelling to the Gold Coast using AirtrainConnect and I'll have my surfboard with me. Is this a problem?
A:

Most oversize luggage such as prams, wheelchairs, golf clubs or pushbikes can be catered for. Just ensure you inform staff when you arrive at the airport so that we can provide an appropriate vehicle to accommodate the luggage.

Q:What concession cards does Airtrain accept?
A:

Concession fares are not accepted for travel between Brisbane Airport and Brisbane City stations. Customers travelling to or from Brisbane suburban stations, the following cards are accepted.

  • Students - QLD full time school student
  • Post-Secondary and Post-Graduate students
  • Tertiary Transport Card
  • Australian Pensioners Card
  • Australian Seniors Card
  • Companion Card

Please Note: You are unable to purchase a concession fare online.

For a full list of concession cards, click here.

Q:Is there room for luggage on the train?
A:

Airtrain services are equipped with luggage racks. Most oversize luggage such as prams, golf clubs and pushbikes can be catered for. Train carriages also have fold-away seating for wheelchairs.

Q:Can I use a Go Card on the Airtrain?
A:

Yes you can use a Go Card at both the Domestic and International Airport stations.

Q:What Go Card facilities are available at the Airtrain stations?
A:

You can top-up, receive a balance and obtain a refund on the Go Card at the Domestic and International Airport stations. This can be performed at the Ticket Vending Machine and at the Airtrain ticket windows.

Q:Can I purchase a Go Card at the Airtrain Stations?
A:

Adult, Concession and Child Go Cards can be purchased at the Airport stations. They require a minimum amount of $30.

Q:Do I get a discount when using my Go Card on Airtrain?
A:

Please see www.translink.com.au for the fares charged by Translink when using a Go Card to travel.

Q:How do I get to the Airport Village & Direct Factory Outlet (DFO)?
A:

You can catch the Airtrain to the International Airport and to use the free courtesy bus located on level 4 to travel to the DFO. See www.bne.com.au for details.

Q:Are lockers available at Brisbane Airport?
A:

Lockers are available at both the International & Domestic Airports; refer to Brisbane Airport Corporation for details. There are also lockers available at Roma Street station in Brisbane City.

Q:Can animals travel on the train?
A:

For the safety and comfort of passengers, animals are not permitted on any Queensland Rail train service, even if they are in travel cases. With the exception of guide, hearing or assistance dogs that are trained and registered in accordance to the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009.

Q:Are Airport stations Wheelchair accessible?
A:

The Airtrain stations at the Airport were purposely built to accommodate wheelchairs, the train and platform levels are even making it easy access to and from the trains. Lifts are also provided on both the Domestic and International Airport stations.

Q:Is Airtrain a part of Queensland Rail?
A:

Airtrain is a privately owned and operated company, who works very closely with Queensland Rail to provide a safe, reliable and cost effective service to and from the Brisbane Airport.

Q:How much CO2 emissions do I save by using the Airtrain?
A:

Airtrain is serious about the environmental benefits of using the train to get to the airport. Our emission savings are calculated by analyzing every ticket sold and the track distance from the airport to the QLD Rail station. For example; from Brisbane International Station to Central station, a journey length of 14.44kms you will save 0.43kg CO2 emissions.

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Airtrain operates seven days a week from 4:50am weekdays and 5:50am weekends until the last train at 10:04pm every day of the year.

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