Translink Brisbane is the public transport system that operates in south-east Queensland from Noosa in the north on the Sunshine Coast to Coolangatta in the south on the Gold Coast. It covers the Brisbane CityCat and ferries, trains and buses.
The Brisbane CityCat runs from the University of Queensland to Apollo Road, opposite Portside, with about eleven stops along the way including South Bank, Riverside and Bulimba. Even if you don’t need to use the CityCat for transport you should take a trip on it just for the experience. It is great fun and you get to see the Brisbane River and the sights along it such as the Queensland Museum, the Brisbane Wheel and the Regatta Pub in Toowong.
There are three cross river ferries, the most useful one for tourists is from Eagle Street Pier across to Holman Street to have a drink or a meal in the Story Bridge Hotel. There is also the inner city ferry which runs from North Quay at the bottom of Queen Street to Sydney Street. The ferries are very old fashioned looking in comparison to the modern CityCats and are obviously a lot slower but using them is a bit like stepping back in time.
The train service offered by Translink Brisbane is very good at least around the city centre where there are plenty of stations and regular trains. There are four or five lines between Bowen Hills, Brunswick Street, Central, Roma Street, South Brisbane (Cultural Centre) and South Bank so trains come quite often. The trains go out as far as Robina on the Gold Coast and Gympie on the Sunshine Coast then you would have to get a bus to the resorts.
Bus services on Translink Brisbane are also good but obviously affected by the traffic so can be a bit slow especially at peak hours.
Translink Brisbane Tickets
Tickets for Translink Brisbane can be used on any of their services and can be transferred between them. This means that you don’t need to buy different tickets for buses, trains and ferries.
When buying a ticket for Translink you must consider how many zones you will be travelling in. For example if you are travelling from a zone 3 train to a zone 1 station then you need to buy a three zone ticket as you are travelling through zones 3, 2 and 1.
There are various ticket options such as single, daily which allows unlimited travel throughout the day, daily off-peak where you can only travel between 9am and 3.30pm and after 7pm, weekly and monthly tickets. There are also different tickets for different age groups with concessions for children, students and seniors so make sure you buy the correct ones.
If you are going to be in Brisbane for a lengthy period it could be worth buying a Go Card. These were introduced in 2008 and are cards which can be topped up to as much as AU$200 and can be used on all routes within Translink Brisbane. Advantages of these cards are that you don’t need to buy a ticket each time, you simply touch it to the card reader as you get on and OFF the transport and the fare is deducted from the balance on your card. Also you don’t have to think about how many zones you are travelling through and you get discount on fares.
Like standard tickets there are different cards for different age groups and concessions.
Go Cards can be bought at most train stations, on Translink buses and at Go Card retailers and they can be topped up in the same places and online and by phone.
An important thing to remember when using the Go Card is that as well as touching it against the machine on the way on to the transport you must touch it against the machine on the way OFF or you will be charged more than the correct fare.
If you are going to a sporting event in Brisbane and you have a ticket for it then the public transport to get to it should be free. It is definitely true if you are going to Suncorp Stadium.
Translink Brisbane Information
You can get more information about Translink from their office next to the Visitors Centre in Queen Street Mall. The staff there are very helpful and can give you timetables for all of their bus, train and ferry services as well as giving you a leaflet with ferry, CityCat and train lines. Alternatively you can phone 13 12 30 for information or visit the Translink Brisbane website where there is a huge amount of helpful information such as timetables, maps of routes and ticket prices.
The Brisbane Airtrain is not a part of the Translink Brisbane group but you can find more information using the link given.
For more useful information visit our Brisbane Transport page.