Public Transport in Queensland

How to use Public Transport in Queensland

It’s easy to get around using public transport in Queensland. Whether you’re travelling locally or making the most of all the state has to offer, there are plenty of reasons to get to know the excellent public transport options that are available.

Here are some of the fantastic public transport resources for getting around Queensland, and some top tips on how to use them.

Using Public Transport in Queensland

With Airtrain, you will arrive quickly and comfortably from the Brisbane Airport to Brisbane City in 20 minutes. You can disembark at your chosen city station – Airtrain runs direct from the airport, but stops at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street, and South Brisbane stations. 

If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast, Airtrain stops at all Gold Coast stations from Ormeau to Varsity Lakes, including Ormeau, Coomera, Helensvale (connect with the G:link tram at Helensvale station), Nerang, Robina, and Varsity Lakes. From there, trams and buses provide connecting services to other locations around the Gold Coast, or you can take advantage of our AirtrainConnect service which delivers you to your door.

While you’re in Queensland, short term visitors should check out the go seeQ card, which allows you unlimited travel for 3 or 5 consecutive days on buses, trains, ferries, and trams. It also includes 2 Airtrain journeys to/from the Brisbane Airport.

For longer stays, travel like the locals with a go card – just touch on at your station of departure and touch off when you arrive at your destination.

To purchase your smartcards or to find out more, visit the Airtrain counter on arrival at Brisbane Airport.

Our Helpful Staff

Once you arrive at the Brisbane Airport, our friendly staff are willing and able to help you plan how to get around Queensland and make the most of the sights and scenery. With travel cards, discounts, and event information for locations around the state, it’s well worth the visit.

Journey Planner

The Translink Journey Planner is your helping hand while you’re out and about in Queensland. You can use the website, or download the convenient app to aid you in your travels. The Journey Planner allows you to select your current location, your destination, and when you’d like to arrive. It will then give you options on how to get there using Brisbane’s public transport resources.

Station maps

If you’re catching the train, it helps to know where you’re going. Each station carries maps and timetables displayed on the walls, so you can easily plan your train journey. During business hours, you can try the offices located on the platforms where the knowledgeable staff can help you to figure out the best way to reach your destination, and maybe suggest some stops along the way.  

Bus loops around the city

The City Loop buses provide a free service that makes a loop of the city, from Monday to Friday. The City loop has routes that run clockwise (Route 40 bus) and anticlockwise (the Route 50 bus). They are a distinctive red colour, and the buses on this circuit stop at popular locations such as the Botanic Gardens, City Hall, Central Station, Eagle Street Pier, and plenty of other great stops.

The Spring Hill loop is another great option, stopping at Central Station, Brisbane Private Hospital, and Post Office Square, as well as a number of other important stops along that way that will help you get where you’re going.

Queensland Public Transport

From the minute you arrive at the Brisbane Airport and embark on your Airtrain journey until your trip home, Brisbane public transport options will help you move around the state safely and conveniently. Throughout the state, you’ll find trains, buses, trams, and ferries all ready to take you where you need to go.

You will be amazed at how many pristine beaches, incredible wildlife, delicious dining, and memorable experiences are here waiting for you. If you’re heading to Queensland, choose the best way to get there, on time and in comfort. Start your journey well – travel with Airtrain.