Saw this little green fellow at the airport recently - a collection box asking for any spare cash for frog research. Made me think about the similar receptacles in airports in Asia - asking for money for the needy PEOPLE causes. He is rather cute though!
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.
Brisbane Airport has an excellent, quick and inexpensive rail connection to the city. However, unlike many airport rail systems which run 'every few minutes' so knowing the timetable is not really important, the Brisbane airport service is not quite as frequent and runs only every 30 minutes at certain times of the day. Check their website for the timetable!
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.
There is a really cheap shuttle service run by COACHTRANS Australia.
They will take you door to door from airport to your hotel in the Brisbane CBD for AUS$11
or $18 return
The journey takes about 30 minutes.
The same journey will cost you about AUS$30 each way in a taxi.
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 has one of the newest, most impressive airports in Australia. I just can't sing enough praises for Australia's BEST airline - QANTAS.
Their service onboard is excellent... and they really do know how to treat a passenger like a princess!
Once when I misplaced my camera in a cab in Sydney and was feeling reeeeally moody when I boarded my Qantas flight (back home to Singapore), the Aussie steward rounded ALL his buddies on board to try and cheer me up. Yes, they did manage to put a smile back on my otherwise glum face. Hey, it was my brand new camera that I just lost. :-(
Then there was another occasion when I fell gravely ill in Paris and when I boarded my flight the following day, I was pleasantly surprised that the airline had UPGRADED me to Business Class the moment they heard that I had fallen ill (via my travel agent).
So tell me, how can I not sing praises about Qantas??
Brisbane's many tourist attractions and sights are within strolling distance... thanks in part to it being a very compact city. If you are taking cabs to move from place to place, do note that there is no extra charge for luggage. Good news eh?
Oh, and don't even bother to try hailing a cab because it won't stop. You'll need to reserve by phone or walk to a cab stand. ;-)
Photo Below: The city of Brisbane - taken by yours truly from atop Mt Cootha.
Brisbane International Airport is situated about 13KM from the Central Business District. Most international flights will land here. And yes, even if you're heading to the Gold Coast, your international flight will land at this airport.
If you're looking for public transport to and from the Brisbane Airport, you may wish to hop onto the Airtrain, a somewhat new train service providing a direct link from the Brisbane CBD to the airport.
Photo Below: Yes, it's true. For some of us, we visit Australia just so that we can play with the animals.
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.
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.
There's an airport train that leaves the airport or central station (whichever way you are heading) every half hour. The adult fare cost AU$10 one way per person.
If you are flying into Brisbane, note that this same train into Brisbane will also take you straight to the Gold Coast if that is where you would like to go.
For a trip into Gold Coast, you can catch the Gold Coast, or Helensvale train (which travels on the same train line). Make sure you stop at Helensvale train station. There are usually several buses that come regularly to take people to different destinations. Some take people into the Gold Coast, and others take people specifically to theme parks like Wet 'n' Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld and Dreamworld.
To go to Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, you can take the Caboolture train to Caboolture, and then change trains (get on the Nambour train) and stop at Landsborough train station. There will be a bus link from there to Mooloolaba beach.
Lastly, our new integrated transport system means that you can use the same ticket for buses, trains and ferry.
Brisbane has a good international airport with many daily flights. There is a new train to the city from the airport which is quite convinient.
You can get around with a car easier in Brisbane than in other large Australian cities but I still suggest mass transit. Brisbane has a rail network and a growing number of river ferries. The ferries (the CityCat to be specific) are excellent ways to get around the main city.
By plane! No matter where you come from. Virgin Blue offers flights, from all other centres that a genreally cheaper than going by bus...
the skytrain connects with the airport, for everything else walking is perfect.
Brisbane have an International Airport. Nice to see Brisbane from the Sky. You see the streets and the river of Brisbane. After 10 minutes you will see Surfers Paradise too.
A good way to go to Brisbane (and go to another city in Australia) is by plane.
The airport of Brisbane is neat and nice.