As a very populous and buzzing city in Australia, Brisbane represents a center of activities regarding culture and art. There are numerous creative spaces and exhibitions, great restaurants, amazing gardens near the Brisbane River, and a cool man-made beach.
Things to do
South Bank is a precinct in Brisbane that offers various cultural, recreational, and educational possibilities. If you want to take a walk in nature and relax, find a nice restaurant, or visit a river-swimming beach, this is a place for you. The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is also a great place for families to have a picnic and enjoy by a pond. If you go a bit farther away from the city center, you can check out Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which is actually the largest koala sanctuary in the world.
The Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Museum, and the Queensland Art Gallery are located in the South Bank as well - visit them to find out more about architecture, art, and science. Those who want to go shopping can take a walk to the huge Queen Street Mall that includes 6 major shopping centers. Just across the river is Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park which is an ideal place for a barbecue where you can also go rock climbing. This place offers amazing views of the city’s skyline, too.
Being South East Queensland’s primary international airport, Brisbane Airport is very busy and provides numerous domestic and international flights. More than 20 million passengers travel through this airport each year. The airport code is BNE.
BNE offers a lot of services to its passengers. While waiting for your flight, you can visit numerous shops or grab a drink. There are duty-free shops in both Departure and Arrivals hall. Various restaurants and fast-food places are available as well throughout the airport. Whether you need an ATM, Currency Exchange Store, First Aid Room, Smoking Area, or a high-speed free WiFi, you can find it easily at Brisbane Airport.
How to get from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast?
After you arrive at BNE, you will be able to choose from various Brisbane Airport transfers, but it’s better and safer to book your airport ride in advance. We’ve listed all transportation providers - see below to discover all about Brisbane Airport shuttle, Uber, airport taxi, public transportation, and rental cars.
The fastest options from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast are taxi cabs and trains - both need about 20 minutes to reach the destination. Trains are cheaper, and you can buy a ticket for as low as $34. Airport shuttles are also a great option offering rates from $35, but they will need a bit more time to get you to Gold Coast. Uber is another alternative, but it is much pricier than shuttles and trains. The most cost-effective transfer is the public bus service.
Brisbane Airport Transfers
Airport shuttles are a popular transportation option offering door-to-door service and shared rides to and from the airport. Several shuttles/shuttle bus operators are serving Brisbane Airport. We discovered their rates as well as other important information, and you can check them out below.
Con-x-ion is a reliable shuttle bus service that can provide you with a door-to-door transfer from both terminals to many locations around Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast. This is one of the best Brisbane Airport transfers - it is both safe and affordable. Listed below are the rates from BNE:
Gold Coast Airport
The pickup locations:
International Terminal: at the Visitor Information desk.
Domestic Terminal: outside on the forecourt(towards the Virgin end of the terminal).
If you need further assistance, call 1300 952 281.
Redy2Go offers dependable and fast airport transportation. It is one of the best private Brisbane Airport transfers that can take you to numerous hotels in the area as well as any other destination. You can get a private sedan service from Brisbane Airport to the city for approximately $75.
They also offer ridesharing service to and from BNE that is more affordable, and you can find out more about that here.
Have more questions? No problem, call 1300-2GO-NOW and a representative will gladly give you all the answers.
Some hotels in the area can provide you with free shuttle rides to and from the airport. If you plan on booking a hotel room nearby, choose one from our list below. Apart from complimentary shuttle service, most of them also provide free internet access, indoor or outdoor pool, gyms, etc. Call the hotel of your choice before booking and check if the service is still available.
Riverview Motel Brisbane
+61 7 3268 4666
Kingsford Smith Motel
+61 7 3868 4444
Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Airport
+61 7 3256 7222
Novena Palms Motel
+61 7 3635 6000
BNE Airport was one of the first Australian airports to enable ridesharing, so this is another option when it comes to Brisbane Airport transfers. If you want to book an Uber ride from BNE, use the phone app, and go to the designated pick-up areas:
Upon exiting the Domestic Terminal, go to the central road located between the taxi pick-up and passenger pick-up and drop off area, on any side of the Skywalk;
From Level 2, at the southern end of the International Terminal, follow the Ride Booking signs down the ramp that will lead you to the pick-up area.
To help you compare the prices of all transportation options, we’ve listed Uber rates from the airport to the top 3 destinations.
Uber Brisbane Airport
to Gold Coast: A$139($98)
to the city center: A$43($29)
to the South Bank: A$43($30)
Note that there is a fee of $4 when using a TNC from the airport.
Airport Taxi Service
One of the fastest Brisbane Airport transfers is the taxi service. It is more expensive than shuttle buses but it is more convenient. Taxis are available 24/7 from sheltered taxi ranks outside both terminals:
Domestic Terminal: the taxi rank is centrally in the front of the Terminal building;
International Terminal: the cab rank is at the northern end of the Terminal - head through the doors and out to the left.
Those traveling from Brisbane Airport to the city center will have to pay $45 - $55 for a 20-minute drive.
There are two taxi operators in Brisbane:
Black & White Cabs - 13 22 22
Yellow Cabs - 13 19 24
The cheapest Brisbane Airport transfers are public buses, of course. Brisbane City Council runs a public bus service that serves the airport. Upon your arrival, go to the Skygate Centre, and look for the bus route 590 that runs daily. Use the Go Card to get the cheapest price; the bus fare depends on the number of zones you want to travel through:
1 zone - $2.65
2 zones - $3.22
3 zones - $4.93
4 zones - $6.49
Find out all information here - this Translink website will help you with all questions.
The Airtrain is one of the most convenient Brisbane Airport transfers that can get you to the city center within 20 minutes, and it also offers express services from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast. Trains run every 15 minutes from BNE during peak times(and every 30 minutes during non-peak hours).
The train is cheaper than taxi cabs but more expensive than public buses.
The ticket from BNE to the Central Station in the city is as low as $16.15 if you pay online.
The online ticket from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast costs $34.11.
Purchase train tickets at the Airtrain desks situated in both terminals or at the train stations. Booking online is a better option if you want to get a cheaper rate. Also, you can use the Go Cards for Airtrain services as well as the bus.
Train stops at BNE are at the following locations:
International Terminal: take the lift to the Terminal building’s Level 3 and then simply follow the signs to the station.
Domestic Terminal: go out to the front of the building and then take the Skywalk across to the train station.
Brisbane Airport provides a variety of rental car services through several rental companies - Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar, and Thrifty at the following locations:
Domestic Terminal: Level 1, near baggage claim at both ends of the Terminal.
International Terminal: Level 2, at the back of Spoon Cafe.
There are some off-site rental agencies as well. They are allowed to pick up passengers at both Domestic and International terminals.