Brisbane Airport, Brisbane
The Airtrain from the Airport to Gold coast is express train, or if that is not available at the time you require, then catch the air train to the city, change at one of the city stations like Roma street or Central station to the Beenleigh line to Nerang, Robina or Varsity Lakes [the end of the line]
It is only a matter of changing lines, the one ticket will cover the whole cost.
Trains to the Gold Coast depart half hourly
Please check this page for timetable...............
The trains have plenty of space for luggage with lifts & escalators available at both airport stations to make life easier!
Time to reach Nerang would be about 1.5hours.
You will need to get off at Nerang then catch the shuttle bus to Surfers Paradise.
No train goes directly to the coast itself, where the beaches are.
Check the "other" website for FAQ's.
Located close to the Airport is the DFO & AIRPORT VILLAGE........
Direct Factory Outlets [DFO] are Brisbane's biggest outlet sale super stores, with the Airport DFO having 120 individual stores. As with all these outlet stores, make sure you have an idea of prices.
I usually come away with some good bargains.
We come by car to shop, the worst part is finding a park, we literally have to wait until somebody drives out to get a park, it is THAT popular.
Lunch we have at the food court where there is quite a good selection of food.
If you need money, on either side of the food court are two ATM's
Hours are 7 days : 10am to 6pm.
It is located at 1 Airport Drive, which is only 4kms from the Airport.
The Brisbane Airport has a complimentary [orange] courtesy bus which runs every 20mins between the International Airport and DFO & AIRPORT VILLAGE from 6.30am to 6.30pm
At last we have more than one choice for longer term parking at Brisbane Airport!
A little competition is good for better prices!
If you are leaving your car and heading off somewhere by plane, I noticed the Airport had deals of $49 for a weekend, and $99 for a week, $149 for 2weeks and $249 for 4 weeks, this was in 2013.
For more information and deals, check the airport site
BUDGET AIRPORT PARKING is another company that offers long-term parking. It is a short distance from the Airport, and offers a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO THE AIRPORT.
In 2013, they were advertising mid week parking @ $10 day.
For more information and deals, check their website
Want to get to and from the Brisbane Airport without hassles? the the Airtrain is the best way to go.
It is only a 20 minute journey from the Airport to the City Centre. It also services both the International and the Domestic Airports.
If you are travelling to or from a suburban station, then you will have a change of Trains, but going from the City to the Airport is direct.
The Trains run on time as it has its own track, in the air, Hence the name "Airtrain" The Trains stop at five stations in the city, they are, Roma Street, South Brisbane, South Bank, Central Station and Fortitude Valley.
Tickets can be bought before you leave home through your Travel Agent, or at the Airport and Train Stations and online.
COST IN 2012.....Adult $15.50 one-way from Airport - Brisbane CBD
RETURN TICKET..Adult $29.00 Airport - Brisbane CBD
IF YOU BOOK ONLINE IT IS A LITTLE CHEAPER....$13.95 OR RETURN $26.10
THE AIRTRAIN OPERATES UNTIL 10pm
The website is excellent, will tell you everything you need to know
Parking costs at Brisbane Domestic Airport and International Airport are high. One of the most expensive in the world!!
Be warned that the access road into the airport has "no parking" signs and one often sees drivers being booked while they wait in the no parking areas for flights to arrive.
Pick-up & drop-off in front of the terminals for private vehicles is limited and policed.
Be warned: During peak hours, traffic in the area is chaotic (major road works) allow extra time to get to your chosen parking spot. A taxi driver told me it is not unusual to spend an hour just getting out past the airport roundabout on Friday afternoon/early evening. I didn't believe him - & chose to use that roundabout at 1800 on a Friday recently. I now believe him...it is a right mess.
Would you believe it is cheaper to park your light aircraft on the tarmac for a day than to park any car in the parking areas!!???
If you can take the AirTrain. http://www.airtrain.com.au/
Short Term Parking - Domestic Terminal & International Terminal - Suggested for stays under 6 hours. For 6+ hours use Long Term Parking.
Fees: >15 min=$2.00 | 15-30mins=$6.00 |30mins to 1hour=$14.00 |1 to 2hr=$17.00 | 2 to 3hr=$17.00 3 to 4hr=$25.00 | 4 to 24 hrs=$50.00
Long Term Parking - Domestic Terminal & International Terminal (most parking spaces undercover)
Fees: >1 day = $40.00 |1 to 2days=$60.00 | 2 to 3days=$80 | 3-4days =$100 | 4-5days=$120 5 to 6 days= $130 (add $10 per day after 6 days)
There are pre-pay machines between terminals and the parking areas.
Off- Airport Long Term Parking both undercover (u/c) and secure open-air (o/a) spaces.
Budget Airport Parking www.bap.com.au ph 1800 682 176
location: Cnr Nudgee Rd & Airport Drive, Hendra
1 day - $18.80 open-air : $23 u/cover |2days - $29.30 o/a : $40.85 | 3days - $39.80 o/a: $56.60 u/c | 4 days- $48.20 o/a : $70.25 u/c |10 days - $92.30 o/a : $113.30 u/c ( after 10 days $4.20 per day o/a & $5.25 per day u/cover) cost includes shuttle to airport both ways.
Andrews Airport parking www.racq.com.au/travel/flights/airport - parking ph 3268 4222
Location: 539 Nudgee Rd, Hendra.
Prices slightly cheaper than BAP. eg 3 days $37 o/a :$53 u/c.
Brisbane's International Airport, also known simply by the acronym "BNE" is Brisbane's main airport with both internationals and domestic services. It is the third busiest Airport in Australia next to Sydney and Melbourne. The airport is located to the northeast of the city center. From 2008-2009, the Brisbane Airport saw over 18.5 million passengers. The airport is serviced by the Brisbane Airtrain that provides a full rail service from the city center to and from the International and Domestic areas of the airport.
Brisbane International/Domestic Airport is functional - it doesn't deliver a "wow" kick but it doesn't warrant plenty of yawns too. It is a busy airport, operating 24 hours and is the largest capital city Airport in area in Australia. There are a number of DFSs as well as cafes and eateries for you to wear some time away.
And you will be pleased to know as a visitor, Brisbane Airport is located just 20 minutes from the CBD so no long torturous rides.
One of the easiest way to get into the city is to hop onto the Airtrain. It is very comfortable, cool, clean and effortless, connecting Domestic and International Airports with the city.
The same Airtrain also connects to The Gold Coast after passing through the City along the same line.
The price of the ticket is A$13.50 1 way from Airports to City (circa Aug 08) but you can actually grab cheaper tickets along Queen Street Mall at A$12 (which I did). You can also book online for the tickets and get a 10% discount.
Airports don’t excite most people, only the destinations to which they lead. Some are better than others though. Some are subject to curfews and so on.
Brisbane is fortunate to have the newest airport of all major Australian cities: it opened as recently as 1988 and replaced the (adjacent) Eagle Farm airport. There is scope to extend both its runways and terminals, to avoid future congestion – quite important, in view of the large traffic increases. The International Terminal is currently being expanded (see photo).
For travellers, a key consideration at Brisbane is that it is not subject to curfews, as is Sydney – this can be an important issue for international flight schedules. Domestically it also is the base for VirginBlue Airline and is well served by both Jetstar, Qantas and regional airlines, and has large modern terminals, so you can travel onwards from here to most Australian destinations with little difficulty. The airport is adjacent to the Gateway Motorway and a rail link provides a connection between terminals (see next tip) and from the airport to the City and to the Gold Coast.
Airport to Brisbane:
If you are driving into Brisbane from South or North - you don't need to go back into Brisbane City as the Motorway from the north and south coast gives you the option of going direct to the airport.
Or, there is a mono-rail which connects the airport to the city centre which leaves every couple of minutes. V. cool.
Brisbane Airport, have you wondered how far it is from Brisbane? Yes?
Answer ...15kms [20mins] or from the Gold Coast, about 85kms or 45mins,
Sunshine coast is about 1hour, depending from where you are coming from. If from Noosa, allow approx 2hours.
Want to use the Internet whilst waiting,
No problem,Internet Kiosks are located on levels 2 and 3 of the International Terminal.
Baggage a problem?
There are now lockers available in all sizes at the International Terminal (ground floor at the entrance to the public carpark), a much needed addition.....
Here are the prices for 4hours.... Initial Fee Second Hire Period (4 hours) Additonal Fee Third Hire Period (16 hours) Total (24 hour period)
$AUD 4.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 8.00
$AUD 6.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 10.00
$AUD 8.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 12.00
From oversea's and can't find you way around?
No need to worry, here we have Volunteer's who just love helping visitor's to Brisbane. Don't be afraid to go and ask for help!
I can vouch for the lovely, comfortable departures lounge, I just sink into them and relax, I am sure you will too! Don't feel like a sleep, well, the local television is on and there are desks for writing up your diary!
If you are here for a longer time, then there is a
FREE A NO 1 COURTESY BUS to the DFO SHOPPING CENTRE
which is a Direct Factory Outlet with a wide range of retail stores and eateries. It departs regularly from the International Terminal on Level 4 and the Airport Village bus stop, just a short 10min drive.
Plenty of options for food, most of them are on Level's 3&4, but one on Level 2.
A good choice of duty free shopping
Travelex for all types of money exchange, and they also have an ATM located on each level for Australian and foreign cash withdrawals.
Need a Car?
Hire car companies are located on Level 2.
If somebody is coming to pick you up, then tell them to come later than your arrival time, as the Airport car parking is very expensive.
I find it better for me to wait an extra 10mins outside at the pick-up and drop-off area, rather than them arriving early and paying a large fee.
Remember, Attendants will ask your friend or who ever is picking you up to move on if you are not there. It is just that, pick up....drop off!
Luggage Lockers are available at the International Terminal and there are also lockers located at the Village Markets and Roma Street Transit Centre in Brisbane City.
LOCKERS ARE NOT available at the Domestic Terminal.
Lockers are available 24 hours a day, [single use] and fees for them are by the size of the locker.
They can be paid for by .....
Credit card, AUD notes and coins
Prices and details..............
Initial Hire Period (4 hours) Initial Fee Second Hire Period (4 hours) Additonal Fee Third Hire Period (16 hours) Total (24 hour period)
$AUD 4.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 8.00
$AUD 6.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 10.00
$AUD 8.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 2.00 $AUD 12.00
At the nearby Airport village, limited amount of lockers are also available at the Village Markets, which are located approximately 6 kilometres from the domestic terminal and approximately 3 kilometres from The International Terminal.
They are located to the right hand side of the Woolworth's supermarket entrance, might be handy if you are doing some shopping at DFO!
Lockers are available from Monday to Friday between 7am and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 7am and 7pm and are coin operated.
Brisbane domestic airport toilets are dirty, wet and stinky. If you are travelling to or through the airport avoid having carry-on luggage you have to leave on the ground-unless it has wheels/is waterproof. Also make sure you take tissues, they don't replace the toilet paper very promptly or clean the seats. For a capital city in a first world country and the entrance to the sunshine state I believe the toilet facilities are not up to scratch. I would rather pay a restroom attendant.
With Brisbanes traffic getting a little more crazy and congested each day and with the frequent crashes/problems on the Gateway motorway I would definitely recommend the Airtrain to either the domestic or international airport. I travelled from Roma St Station in the City to the Domestic terminal in under 25mins and it cost me less than $14. You can have as many bags as you can handle (there seemed to be more bags than people at some stages). You walk easily into the terminal from the airport station. A great idea.
Many people have already commented on the Airtrans line that connects you into the city and allows services to the coasts.
However, the last train is 8pm. After that, taxis can be expensive alternatives, costing ~$40 AUD to the city.
The other option is the Coachtrans shuttle bus. There is a desk in the arrival hall of the both the domestic and international terminals at the airport where you can purchase your transfer ticket, but like most things in QLD, the desk closes early (about 9pm)
Do not worry just yet, because the last transfer leaves at 11:55pm. The service desk will be closed for these late pickups so you must have already pre-booked and paid online by credit card first.
$12 one way to the city, or $22 return to the city.
Check the web page for costs to Gold Coast, cruise terminal, etc.
As with quite a few Australian airports, Brisbane has separate international and domestic terminals. These are separated by a distance of about 1km and movement between the two is by a rail service called the “skytrain” (ie the train travels on elevated tracks).
From both terminals, a lift and escalators connects via walkways to the train platforms – though you might care to note that the lifts are somewhat inadequate when flights arrive and many passengers with bags wish to travel. If you have and can show a Qantas international boarding pass, I understand that the train trip is provided free: if, like us, your international trip is not with Qantas, the fare is $4A for the trip, which seems rather pricey for one km! The alternative would be a taxi, but as I gather that costs about $10, you probably are better off staying with the trains, which run at about an eight minute frequency. Of course, if Brisbane is your destination, the train can take you to the central city – or further on to the Gold Coast.
Main photo: The “skytrain”
Second photo: The escalators to “skytrain” level
Third photo: From the walkway, looking toward the platform
Fourth photo: The distant international terminal (the grey building behind the white/red building, to the right of the light pole).