Getting Around Queensland

Rail

Queensland is linked by rail to the rest via a standard gauge line that terminated at Roma Street Station in Brisbane. A daily XPT service is operated by NSW's Counrtrylink rail service between Roma Street Station, Brisbane, and Central Station Sydney. The journey north (Sydney to Brisbane) is a night service; the journey south (Brisbane to Sydney) is a day service. Rail services from Brisbane to various localities across Queensland are operated by Queensland Rail.

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Rail Travel Times

Brisbane - Sydney: 16 hours 5 minutes

Brisbane - Rockhampton: 11 hrs. 25 mins.

Brisbane - Mt. Isa: 20 hrs. 55 mins.

Brisbane - Longreach: 23 hrs. 35 mins.

Brisbane - Townsville: 23 hrs. 40 mins.

Brisbane - Cairns: 32 hrs. 20 mins.

Brisbane - Cairns (tilt train): 23 hrs.

Brisbane - Charleville: 16 hrs. 45 mins.


Road (coach)

Numerous operators provide coach services between Brisbane and Cairns (17 hrs. 30 mins.)

Airlie Beach, Whitsundays (6 hrs. 30 mins.)

Mt. Isa (26 hrs. 15 mins.)

Noosa (2 hrs. 50 mins.)

Surfers Paradise (1hr 20 mins.)

Sydney via coast road (17 hrs. 30 mins.)

Sydney via New England Hwy (14 hrs. 30 mins.)

Melbourne direct (24 hrs. 45 mins.)

Melbourne via Sydney (37 hrs. 30 mins.).


Road (private motor vehicle)

Queensland's towns are linked to each other, and to towns and cities in other states by a network of well signposted, well maintained sealed highways and major roads which allow for easy travel between localities.

In Queensland, the speed limit on the open road is generally 110 kilometres per hour. In Queensland, a driver’s licence from your home country or another Australian state will usually suffice for up to three months, as long as it has photo identification and it’s for the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. If you’re staying more than three months, you’ll need to get a WA drivers licence.

Road travel distances

Brisbane to Sydney: 980km

Brisbane to Rockhampton: 637km

Brisbane to Townsville: 1,369km

Brisbane to Cairns: 1,715km

Brisbane to Toowoomba: 128km

Brisbane to Charleville: 746km

Brisbane to Mt. Isa: 1,813km

Townsville to Mt. Isa: 850km

Rockhampton to Longreach: 680km

Charleville to Longreach: 500km

Air

Brisbane International Airport handles international and interstate air traffic. The airport has immigration and customs processing facilities. Regional and national airlines servicing outlying areas of Queensland also operate out of Brisbane Airport.


Transport in and Around Brisbane

Brisbane is the hub for the integrated south-east Queensland Public Transport system that extends from Noosa to Coolangatta and west to Helidon. Brisbane's state owned public transport system includes buses, trains and ferries on the Brisbane River, all operated by TransLink. TransInfo provide a great online system for checking the best route and planning connecting transport.

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Bus

Buses service all of Brisbane's suburbs. Most services operate to and from the Brisbane CBD. Get your tickets from bus and ferry operators, newsagents and City Council Customer Service Centres. Children under five years travel free and those aged five to fifteen years travel for half price.

Ferry

CityCat services operate up and down the Brisbane River from 5.50am to 10.30pm every day. Buy your tickets and timetables from bus and ferry operators, newsagents, and Brisbane City Council Customer Service Centres.

Rail

Citytrain rail services extend from the centre of Brisbane south to Beenleigh and Robina on the Gold Coast, north to Ferny Grove, Shorncliffe, Caboolture and Gympie, east to Cleveland and west to Ipswich and Rosewood.

Taxi

Both Yellow Cabs (phone 131924) and Black & White Cabs (phone 133222) service Brisbane and surrounding areas. Within the Brisbane CBD, taxi ranks are located near most major hotels. Brisbane's inner city NightLink services offer extra public transport security on Fridays and Saturdays.

There is a surcharge for ordering a maxicab or Business Class taxi. Taxis with wheelchair lifts are available on request. Most taxis offer EFTPOS and credit card payment facilities. An additional fee is charged for all taxis leaving the Roma Street Transit Centre and the Brisbane Domestic and International Airports.

Tourist services

There is a free Council bus service that circles the Brisbane CBD and provides a convenient way to access some of Brisbane's shopping precincts and attractions such as the City Botanic Gardens, Queen St Mall, Riverside Centre, QUT and King George's Square. For more information about this service, visit the Council's website and click on services & transport info.

To and from Brisbane Airport

Brisbane's main airport is located approximately 15-20 minutes drive (13 km) from Brisbane CBD, 75 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 105 minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast. Airport transfers are readily available from the airport and there is a regular train and bus service straight to the city. Visit the Information Desk found in both the International and Domestic terminals for help with transfers. The Brisbane AirTrain is a direct rail link to the city and Brisbane airport. An additional fee is charged for all taxis leaving the Roma Street Transit Centre and the Brisbane Domestic and International Airports.

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