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Brisbane

Local transport

Brisbane’s transport network is comprised of buses, trains and ferries and is a convenient way to get around town, although the city centre is compact enough to walk around.

TRAIN

Citytrain operates Brisbane’s suburban train network that has seven lines and extends as far as Ipswich, Beenleigh and Caboolture. All trains stop at the three main central stations – Roma Street, Central and Brunswick Street.

BUS

Most of Brisbane’s local buses terminate at the central Queen Street Bus Station underneath the Queen Street Mall.


Although the train is generally handier for covering longer distances, there are some handy bus routes around the city centre and between various inner-city neighbourhoods. The more useful bus routes include buses 190, 191, 193 and 194, which run between the city centre and the hostels in Fortitude Valley, New Farm and South Brisbane/West End.


There is a free downtown loop bus that runs around the city centre every 10 minutes (Mon-Fri 7am-5.50pm). This is a good way to travel between Central Station, the Botanic Gardens and the Eagle Street Pier.

FERRY

Brisbane has an efficient ferry network and it is a pleasant way to travel to destinations along the river. Ferries are divided between the City Cat that runs a route upriver stopping at a multitude of points along the way and the Crossriver ferries which operate a triangular route between Eagle and Edward Streets in the city centre and Thornton Street in Kangaroo Point. Ferries run about once every 20 minutes.

FARES

Fares are based on a zone system with 23 zones in south east Queensland and five zones in Brisbane, but most points of interest are located in zone one. A single trip within zone one is $2.30.


Single bus, ferry and train fares are listed below:

 

Brisbane bus, ferry and train fares
Zones Fare

one zone

$2.30

two zones

$2.70

three zones

$3.20

four zones

$3.60

five zones

$4.10

 

A single ticket allows you to transfer to other modes of transport within a two-hour period.
There are also a number of multi-trip tickets available for more frequent travellers. The various multiple trip tickets include:

Ten Trip Saver

The Ten Trip Saver ticket allows ten trips on buses, ferries and trains. They are a good idea if you’re planning on spending a while in Brisbane. Bus travel with a Ten Trip Saver allows a two-hour transfer on every trip.

 

Ten Trip Saver ticket
Zone Fare

one zone

$18.40

two zones

$21.60

three zones

$25.60

four zones

$28.80

five zones

$32.80

Daily & weekly tickets

Daily and weekly passes allow unlimited bus and ferry travel and are a good deal if you think you’ll need to make at least two trips during the day. The daily off-peak ticket is valid for travel between 9am and 3.30pm and after 7pm Mon-Fri and all day on weekends.

 

Brisbane public transport daily and weekly travel tickets
Zones Daily peak Daily off-peak Weekly

one zone

$4.60

$3.50

$18.40

two zones

$5.40

$4.10

$21.60

three zones

$6.40

$4.80

$25.60

four zones

$7.20

$5.40

$28.80

five zones

$8.20

$6.20

$32.80

 

Go Card

The go card is similar to London’s Oyster card. It can be used to pay for bus, train and ferry services in Brisbane. Like the Oyster card you scan the card at the beginning and end of your journey and it will calculate your fare.

 

 


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