Brisbane's suburban rail network CityTrain is if you ask me is the cleanest and most comfortable rail network around.
The network mainly services Brisbane's urban sprawl but also includes an express train to the Gold Coast, a link to the Airport (Airlink) and a service to the Sunshine Coast in the north.
Each day thousands use the network to get in and out of the city. Most services run every half hour wih additional services running in the peak hours. Last trains leave central around about 12am Sun-Thu and 1am Fri, Sat.
Fares are based on distance with adult tickets priced at about $A1.50 for a 1 zone ticket. Personally I pay $2.90 for a trip which is about 15 stations away from town (1/2hr from town). Discounts are available for off peak return tickets (after 9:30am weekdays or weekends), weekly tickets upto yearly tickets.
Safety is good. All trains have safety points, many night trains have security guards, and many newer trains have video surveillence.
Most of the city can be explored on foot, we hired a rental car to explore further afield (Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast). The day we flew home we hired a locker at the airport for our luggage before returning the car, spent the day in the city, then took the Air train to the Airport from the city .
There's an international and domestic airport in brisbane... and there's now an air-train link, so you can save on the taxi fare and just hop on the train which will take you straight to 'central' station... which is the heart of brisbane. There is also a transit centre at 'Roma Street Station'. From here you can go basiscally anywhere by bus or train!
Brisbane has a pretty good public transport system. Except the prices always seem to be on the up. Still it's cheaper than many other places in the world. Travelling within Brisbane you've got three options, bus, train and ferry. You can see which is most suitable for you by going to the info-centre which is on the queen street mall... here you can get time tables for the bus and ferry. Timetables for the train lines are at the train stations.
Brisbane is about 15km from the airport. A Taxi in peak hour cost me $30 so I would recommend the new train service unless there are more than two of you travelling together.
The AirTrain operates from both the Domestic and International terminals. It cost $9 one way and takes you right into the centre of town. The trip takes about 20 mins. You can also take this train right down to the Gold Coast for $20 or so.
The bus and train systems seemed easy enough to use and one day unlimited travel tickets are available.
The rivercats and ferries are a great way to explore further afield and are included in the all day ticket price
If flying in to Brisbane you will soon be able to catch a train in to the city from the airport as the rail system is currently under construction. At present shuttle busses and taxis are the way to get there.
Public transport is avilable by way of bus and rail. Several areas boast bycycle paths as well to make cycyling that much easier.
There are 4 ways to get to brisbane, drive, take the bu train or plane.
The bus system is very good in Brisbane, you can get anywhere, but downtown just walk.
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