Get around town: transportation in Brisbane

18 January 2017

So, you’re heading to beautiful Brisbane! Many university students feel that finding a place to live near their university can be challenging, so many opt to live farther away, despite the travel time. The good news is that Brisbane has great travel options!

Get around town: transportation in Brisbane
Welcome to beautiful Brisbane!

Brisbane provides a reliable network of travel and transport links, as well as paths and walkways that make up one of Australia’s most compact and foot-friendly city centres. TransLink, Brisbane’s integrated ticketing system, provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just the one card. Go cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents and provide fares cheaper than buying paper tickets at transit stations. The green student Go card offers full-time students even further discounts.


Brisbane’s speedy network of electric trains covers the broadest reaches of Greater Brisbane and provides direct access to the city and outer suburbs.
An AirTrain service that is completely integrated into the Queensland Rail suburban network provides travellers with regular trains running from Brisbane Airport directly to Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Passengers can travel on a single ticket from any station in South East Queensland to Brisbane Airport.

There are also special post-midnight services on Friday and Saturday nights for late-night adventurers.


Brisbane’s comprehensive bus service runs throughout the city connecting the outer and inner suburbs to the CBD, major shopping centres, railway stations and ferry terminals. There are also special NightLink bus services after midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be bought on buses and selected ticketing agents.
Visitors can also make use of the free weekday bus services, the Loop and Spring Hill Loop, which circle the central business district every 10 minutes and stop at visitor-worthy destinations including the Queen Street Mall, Conrad Treasury Casino, City Botanic Gardens and Riverside Centre and link the City and Spring Hill precincts.


CityCats are one of the most enjoyable ways to get around the city. Brisbane’s CityCat and CityFerry services glide along the river, allowing travellers to sight-see and access key city spots. Tickets can be bought on board Brisbane’s CityCats and CityFerry services or at most newsagents and selected retail outlets, or you can use your Go card.
Students can also take advantage of the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney Street, New Farm.


Brisbane has extensive bicycle paths running throughout the city. Getting around by bike is a great and inexpensive option. If you don’t own a bike, Brisbane City Council has CityCycle bikes for hire at key inner-city destinations. Safety is important and wearing a helmet is mandatory in Australia. Courtesy helmets are available with many of the bikes at stations across the network. You’ll need to be a subscriber to the CityCycle program to access the bikes.

Taxi Services

Brisbane is well equipped with an array of taxi services, including disability services and larger group bookings—up to 10. There are taxi ranks near business centres, shopping precincts and venues and bookings can also be made online or by phone.

Car Hire

On your uni break? If you’re day-tripping to Brisbane’s beautiful fringes, nothing quite beats the freedom of a lovely set of wheels, and Brisbane offers a range of car rental options from all of the big names and several local operators. For those who would rather sit back and let someone else do the driving, a comprehensive range of limousine and chauffeured car services is available.

Find out more at Study Brisbane.


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