Roma Street Station is Brisbane's first railway station opened in 1876. If you are catching long distance trains, then this is the terminus for them. The Cairns tilt train departs two evenings a week and takes a little more than 24hours.
The Sunlander departs for Cairns three mornings a week. This train is slower than the Tilt Train, but cheaper.
The Westlander departs Tuesday & Thursday evenings for Toowoomba, Roma & Charleville.
Departing from Roma Street are trains to Nerang on the Gold Coast.
The Spirit of the Outback departs twice a week for Longreach. It runs through Rockhampton, Emerald & Barcaldine.
This is where you catch the train to Sydney, it departs early morning and arrives in the evening in Sydney.
A train also goes to Townsville.
At different times of the year, Steam train rides are held and these depart from here.
As well as the long distance trains, it also services the local suburban routes.
The Queensland Rail system in Brisbane travels west as far as Rosewood or Ferny Grove, North as far as Caboolture, East to Eagle Farm and Doomben (or punters!) and South to the Gold Coast. A special service AirTrain, also travels to Brisbane Airport - both domestic and international terminals.
This is an efficient and comfortable rail system, with multiple stops, and some express routes, if you are travelling beyond the city.
The fairly new Air Train system to and from the Brisbane Airport, is a comfortable 20 minute electric rail trip. Very efficient transport, but costs AU$12 for a one way trip. So, if there's a group of you, take a cab!
Train stops at Central Station and Roma Street Station - but has the disadvantages of having to carry or manage your own luggage, if you travel heavy!
Brisbane has a new travel system in place. Now all you need is one ticket, and that covers you on the ferry, the train and the busses....
No more buying tickets every time you change modes of trnsport, all you gotta do is tell the dude that runs the ticket machine your final destination and your set to go!!
TransLink now provides one single public transport network covering south-east Queensland from Gympie North/Noosa to Coolangatta and west to Helidon.
Just one TransLink ticket will take you wherever you want to go on buses, trains and ferries within the new system. Zones, fares and concessions will be standardised across the system, providing one set of rules for everyone.
TransLink is working together with the Queensland government, Brisbane City Council (BCC), QR (Queensland Rail) and private operators to improve the integration of services - making it easier for you to get to where you want to go.
Transinfo has information on bus & train times within Brisbane & down to the Gold Coast.
Note: Public holidays have limited bus & trains running.
Phone: TransInfo call centre on 13 12 30. They take calls 6am - 9pm Monday to Friday, and 7am - 9pm Saturday and Sunday (Public holidays may vary).
Unfortunately Brisbane's Transit System is not the most reliable in the world, however; when comparing with India's trains, they are the best!
Most city trains during peak hour make you feel like a sardine in a can, but you can get a seat during non peak hour times.
The express trains are brilliant and make travelling to work quicker and more convenient.
Timetables are available at Roma Street Station, Fortitude Valley Station and Central Station. (Some of the suburban stations have time tables)
Recently a new system has been put in place for the trains, bus and ferry called "Go Card" (a card that you put money on and swipe at the station you get on and the station you get off at) instead of a paper ticket. The system has had a few “teething” problems, but as long as you swipe on and off you shouldn’t have any issues.
For train times, you can visit: http://www.transinfo.com.au/
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 $2.90 for a trip which is about 15 stations away from town (1/2hr from town). Discounts are available for off peak return tickets (after 9:30am weekdays or weekends), weekly tickets upto yearly tickets.
Safety is good. All trains have safety points, many night trains have security guards, and many newer trains have video surveillence.
The Airtrain is a innovative technological rail service that runs passengers and business from Brisbane's city center to both the International and Domestic sections of the Brisbane International Airport as well as commuters and tourists to various parts of Brisbane.
If you're planning to head to the North, take the Tilt Train till Rockhampton or Cairns, this trip will be faster and more comfortable than a bus journey. The price is very competitve for the high level of service.
If you have a student card ISIC, you could get an half price ticket -> great value.
I was impressed by the quality of service and features of this express train, with aboard meals, music, confortable seat, enough room for legs, clean, quiet, TV with live view from the loco,...
In one word all you couldn't get in a bus... and you will arrive in better shape.
Highly recommended, I like it as much as my Swiss trains...
Brisbane - Rockhampton (one way)
Duration journey by Tilt train= 8h45
Duration journey by bus = 12h
Indicative price Tilt train = AU$ 97.90 adult / AU$ 49.50 student
Indicative price by bus = AU$ 98 adult / AU$ 86 student/backpacker
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.
Train tickets are really cheap and great value.
You can go on any train/ferry or bus within the zones you have paid for and the ticket lasts for 24 hours.
The trains also go all night so you can catch the train home after a big night out instead of a taxi.
No toilets onboard though so go before you get on!!!!!
Very safe as well and there is security on there 24 hrs.
Brisbane's public transport system is well set up. We arrived at the airport and jumped on the Air Train which is an elevated railway that connects the International and Domestic terminals with the main part of Brisbane City. The trains run regularly and are clean. Just follow the signs from the terminals and you buy your ticket at the window at the station.
Tickets are $10 from the airport to the city and if you need to trransfer between terminals you may be able to do it for free (I know you can with a valid Qantas boarding pass, and probably Virgin Blue as well).
This picture is of my brother Owen at the AirTrain international station at the airport.