Transportation in Brisbane is mainly compromised of several bus lines. While there was a tram and trolleybus network till the late 1960s, trains don’t play an important role in Brisbane anymore. If you want to get around the city, you need to instead use a bus or a taxi. In this transportation guide, we are explaining what you need to know about transportation in Brisbane.
Brisbane is the third biggest city in Australia, but still doesn’t have a really good public transportation network. The same is true for Sydney and Adelaide, while Melbourne has a very efficient tram network. In Brisbane, there are a couple of regional train services, which connect Brisbane with its suburbs. However, the trains are not really useful to explore the city. An important exception is the Brisbane Airtrain, which connects the city with the airport. Most trains actually run from the airport to Gold Coast via the city center. Thus, the Airtrain is a good way to get to the Gold Coast, too. Other train services can be a good way to get to a couple of towns around Brisbane.
Getting around in Brisbane is the easiest by bus. There are dozens of bus lines in the city, of which many also operate in the city center. The most important bus lines are the numbers 110, 111, 115, 130, 140, 150, 160, 199, 200, 300, 333 and 400, which all operate in the immediate city center. Those buses connect the most important spots in the Brisbane CBD and city center with each other.
If you are in Brisbane for sightseeing, these bus lines are definitely the most important ones for you. As it’s the norm for modern transportation systems, buses in Brisbane can be used with a special card called ‘go card’. With this card, travel is seemless and cheaper. You may also purchase single tickets, but those are more expensive.
If you don’t want to rely on public transportation in Brisbane, you may also take a taxi. Those are readily available throughout the city. You can either hail a taxi on the street, go to a taxi stand or call a taxi (or let one be called by a hotel etc.). The taxis in Brisbane are generally metered and very safe. You’ll usually find yourself in a modern and comfortable car. The taxi fares are relatively high though. Usually, the base rate for a taxi journey is 4 AUD (~ 2.60 Euro / 3.05 US-Dollar), while each kilometre is charged 2 AUD (~ 1.30 Euro / 1.55 US-Dollar) at a minimum. A cab from the airport to the city center or vice versa should be around 40 to 50 AUD, which equals approximately 25 to 30 Euro or 30 to 35 US-Dollar.
Brisbane offers a couple of more options to get around the city. Those include car services like Uber, which are cheaper and easier to use than taxis. The quality is approximately similiar in my experience. Additionally, city bikes are readily available at several points in Brisbane.
Other than that, there are also a couple of different ferry services available.
Most of those are available by the same operator, which is also operating the general public transportation in Brisbane.