Brisbane Airport is the main gateway for travellers into South East Queensland through the State Capital, Brisbane. The Gold Coast Airport, about an hour and a half south of Brisbane caters largely to low-cost airlines, while Brisbane Airport‘s traffic is mostly from full service airlines. You have a number of transport options available to get to and from the airport.
Brisbane Airport transport options
There are two main options, by car or public transport. You can also cycle, if so inclined! Bicycle storage facilities are available on Level 1 at the International Terminal. Publicly accessible shower facilities are available at both terminals.
(self-drive / drop off or collect)
- If you are travelling by private car and need to park, parking can be pre booked online.
- Long Term parking is available at AIRPARK.
- The Airport Parking is accessible at Level 1, via lift or escalator.
- Hire cars are available to the right as you exit the Customs Hall. Pre-booking is advisable. Please note that in Australia, there may be an extra charge for a premium location (airports etc) and for pick-up/delivery at different locations.
- Taxis are available at the Northern end of the arrival area on Level 2. Please note that a Brisbane Airport access fee of AUD 3.70 applies to all pick-ups from an airport taxi rank.
- Ride share and pre-booked options are also available. Watch for our story on the car pick-up area, coming soon.
Public Transport – Bus and train
Free Airport Transfer bus service is available all day, every day. There are two services available.
- Arriving passengers join the bus at Level 2 to go to the Domestic Terminal.
- The Skygate Loop Bus arrives from the Domestic Terminal at Level 4 before proceeding to Skygate Shopping Centre. This service runs every 20 mins between 4.30am and midnight.
- The bus returns to collect Arriving passengers from Level 2, going to the Domestic Terminal.
- AIRPARK complimentary transfer bus runs 24/7 between AIRPARK (Long Term Parking) and the Domestic and International Terminals at intervals between 15 and 25 minutes.
Other buses are available for trips to the city and other destinations including Gold Coast and Toowoomba. If you’re only going to be in South East Queensland for a few days, check out the 3 or 5 day SeeQ passes available from Translink, the public transport operator. You can ride on all bus, train, ferry or tram services over consecutive days, including 2 Airtrain journeys.
Using the train
The Brisbane Airtrain runs between the Domestic and International Terminals and Brisbane City and on to Forrest Lakes in Gold Coast.
- The service is easy to book online with discounts available if you book ahead or in a group of at least two.
- They’ve added a Compare the fare calculator to help travellers decide the best option depending on destination.
- The service runs between 5.04am and 10.04pm from the Domestic Terminal (6.04am to 10.04pm, weekends) and arrives 9 mins before the departure time.
- Catch the first train from Roma Street is 4.27am (5.27am, weekends)
- The last train leaves Roma Street at 9.27pm every day.
- Access to the train from the International Terminal is at level 3.
This video from Airtrain shows you how to catch the train from the International Terminal. The process is similar at the Domestic Terminal: