Brisbane Airport, Brisbane
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
This is the way to travel if you do not wish to hire a car. I picked up a brochure at Brisbabe airport and here are the details:
Brisbane CBD Adult Au$12 one way, return $22. Child $6 & $11, most important Family is $30 one way, $55 return, ( 2A +2C ).
20 minute travel time, 5 stations dropoff downtown, Brunswick St, Central, Roma St, South Brisbane, Southbank, 4 trains per hour during peak, discounts available online, luggage lockers are available at city stations.
Gold Coast Stations Adult $23 to Nerang, to other stations prices vary. 2 trains per hour. Direct service to Gold Coast Stations.
Take the easy way and book online before you leave home.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
I used Coachtrans' airport transfer service to get from Brisbane airport to my accommodation in the Spring Hills area of the city during my visit to Brisbane in April 2006.
These minibuses drop each passenger off right outside their chosen accommodation, so there's no need to worry about finding the right place. Each minibus can hold circa 12 passengers and luggage is carried in a separate cart that is towed behind the minibus.
Minibuses run from the airport to Brisbane approximately every 30 minutes and the journey time is about 25-30 minutes depending on the number of drop-offs and the location of your accommodation.
As at April 2006, the cost of a one-way transfer from the airport to Brisbane was 11 AUD, although, when returning to the airport at the end of my stay I booked this service through my hotel and was charged 15 AUD (I assume the 4 AUD difference was the hotel's commission). By contrast, the Brisbane Air Train would have cost me 12 AUD to Brisbane central station and then I'd have had to pay for a taxi from there to Spring Hills - so this transfer was excellent value for money for me.
Tickets are purchased from a kiosk outside the arrivals hall, next to where the minibuses depart from.
The company also operates minibuses from the airport to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Tickets are bought from the same kiosk as the Brisbane transfer tickets and the minibuses depart (less frequently) from the same point:
Skytrans = airport to Brisbane: Tel (07) 3238 4799
Airporter = airport to Gold Coast: Tel (07) 3238 4700
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).
We flew with Virgin Blue from Perth. This is usually the cheapest airline, however I would check with flightcentre.com.au first as sometimes Qantas is not much dearer and you get a meal included with them.
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.
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
Brisbane airport 's domestic terminal is a relatively small one - but is also fairly modern and has shopping and a range of restaurants and coffee stops. Check in is now made much more efficent by getting your own boarding passes from a range of standing computer terminals in the area before the counters. Simply put in your personal and/or flight details, and out comes a boarding pass.
Needless to say, one of the major carriers is Qantas - our famour flying kangaroo.
However, there are budget airlines aplenty available from Brisbane - Virgin and Jetstar.
Con-x-ion provide a shuttle bus transfer to and from Brisbane Airport to various locations.
To be picked up and taken to the Airport you need to be in the designated zones, you can check by ringing 1300 266 946.
They have Minibus - luggage is put in a trailer and towed behind bus, Coach - luggage underneath in storage compartment and Taragos - luggage stored in the boot. If you have excess luggage a fee is charged.
Surfboards usually cost an extra $6.
You need to book at least 48 hours in advance for your transfer.
Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Diners credit cards are all accepted.
When arriving at Brisbane Airport, make your way to the Con-x-ion service desk for check in and to be directed to your shuttle service where the driver will help you.
PRICES IN 2015
Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast $49
Brisbane Airport to Brisbane from $15
Brisbane Airport to Sunshine Coast from $37
Brisbane Airport has two parts - the domestic and the international terminals- and they are some distance apart, connected by bus and by the rail line.
The International Terminal is compact and well laid out, with plenty of obvious signs and hotel/information desks.
However, if you are a foreigner arriving at the peak morning arrival time, expect a wait of over one hour to get through immigration! This is as bad as I have seen anywhere in the world, and it is frustrating for Australians as well, because the luggage carousels get completely clogged up and end up being stopped to wait for the foreign arrivals to 'catch up' with their luggage. I spoke to one forlorn looking Australian who was waiting for his bags by a stationary, but jam-packed luggage carousel. "It's always like this" he said. "I get through immigration in two minutes and then wait most of an hour for my bags to get through". It seems utterly absurd. Not a good image for Brisbane.
Leaving Brisbane was remarkably easy and efficient though. Note that they are particularly strong on the "one carry on bag per economy passenger" though...more so than I have seen anywhere else.