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Top Travel Tips for School Holidays

When it comes to navigating the chaos of school holidays you don’t just want to survive the holidays – you want to enjoy them! With the Queensland school holidays fast approaching, now is the time to get organised to minimise the stress and maximise the fun. Whether you have school aged children yourself or want to navigate the busy travel time without kids, we have you covered with our travel tips for school holidays.


Book travel and attractions in advance

Our number one travel tip is to book your travel and attractions in advance. This has several benefits – you can choose from the best details, enjoy exclusive online offers and discounts, save time and avoid the lines, and reduce on-the-spot hassle and stress. Planning and booking your travel and attractions well ahead of the trip also means that you can ensure you get exactly what you want – the further out you book things, the more likely it is that you can make an informed decision.


Pack for anything

Travel during school holidays is unpredictable, so it’s important to pack for anything – including the unexpected. Travel-friendly snacks that are durable and don’t take up much space are essential to ensure you don’t get hangry on the journey. Pack medical essentials based on where you are going and how you are getting there. Items like paracetamol, antihistamines, motion sickness tablets, throat lozenges and patches for blisters and wounds are must-haves. Another of our top travel tips is to pack a portable charger and cord that attaches to your mobile phone– that way you can charge your device on-the-go in case you run into unexpected delays and the battery runs low.


Check for service disruptions

Travel disruptions are never welcome but always possible. To help manage expectations and any potential delays, check for any major events, track work or other disruptions that could impact your journey. Airtrain publishes all of service changes online ahead of time. Service changes to other Queensland public transport lines and services can be checked via Translink.


Allow for extra time

School holidays are an inherently busy time to travel, with airports, train stations and roads brimming with eager travellers. These Queensland school holidays you should allow for extra time and be sure to arrive at your departure point at least one extra hour in advance – that means if you’re travelling via a domestic flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least two hours before your flight departs. Even if there aren’t any known travel disruptions, you will still need plenty of time to navigate busy crowds and wait in longer-than-usual queues.


School holiday travel tips thanks to Airtrain

When it comes to travel during the Queensland school holidays, Airtrain is here to help. Our special holiday travel tips include:


Travel with Airtrain these school holidays

With our travel tips for school holidays, travelling around Brisbane and the Gold Coast is easier than ever. Use the Translink Journey Planner to plan your travel to the many excellent exhibits and experiences around the cities.

Get around Brisbane with a go card – just touch on at your departure station then touch off when you arrive at your destination. The go card is accepted on all Translink transport throughout Greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. 

Smart Ticketing is also available on Airtrain, making your journey easier than ever before! With the world-class Smart Ticketing system, you can simply tap and travel with Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Our services run every 15 minutes during peak times, and every 30 minutes off peak. With a reliable, safe and comfortable service, Airtrain will help to make the Queensland school holidays less stressful and more memorable.