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How to get to Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital, and most populated city, in the Australian state of Queensland.

The city is located on the Brisbane River, about 15km (9mi) from its mouth at Moreton Bay in southeast Queensland. Brisbane extends in all directions along the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range.

The most convenient route to Brisbane is by air to Brisbane Airport (BNE), located about 12km (7.4mi) northeast of the city centre.


Flight times to Brisbane

The following are the most convenient flights to Brisbane Airport (BNE), Queensland.

Within Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate daily nonstop flights to Brisbane.

Adelaide to Brisbane is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Canberra to Brisbane is 1 hr 40 min, direct flight
Darwin to Brisbane is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Sydney to Brisbane is 1 hr 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Brisbane is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Perth to Brisbane is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

Auckland to Brisbane is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas operate the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

Singapore to Brisbane is 7 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Brisbane.

Shanghai to Brisbane is 10 hrs, direct flight
Hong Kong to Brisbane is 8 hrs 35 min, direct flight

Beijing to Brisbane is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Brisbane.

Los Angeles to Brisbane is 13 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Brisbane is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Brisbane is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Brisbane is 19 hrs 22 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Brisbane is 18 hrs 12 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Brisbane is 20 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Brisbane is 16 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Brisbane.

Vancouver to Brisbane is 14 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Toronto to Brisbane is 20 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Brisbane is 21 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

London to Brisbane is 21 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Brisbane is 22 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates, Air France, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

Paris to Brisbane is 22 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Lufthansa and Scoot Tigerair offer the most convenient flights to Brisbane.

Berlin to Brisbane is 22 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Brisbane is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Brisbane is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Brisbane is 22 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Brisbane is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is located about 12km (7.4mi) northeast of Brisbane city centre.


Transfer between terminals

The Domestic and International Terminals sit 2km (1.2 miles) apart and are linked by the Airtrain that is free to Virgin Australia passengers and A$5 for others.

The complimentary Airport Transfer Bus also links the two terminals, as well as the Skygate (Airport Village).


Public transport

Taxi: There's a taxi rank on the terminal road outside the Domestic Terminal and another outside Arrivals (level 2) at the International Terminal.

Taxi fares to central Brisbane start at around AUD$30 and the journey time is generally 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Taxi companies operating at Brisbane Airport include Black & White Cabs (tel: +61 133 222; www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au) and Yellow Cabs (tel: +61 131 924; www.yellowcab.com.au).

Shuttle: Con-x-ion (tel: +61 1300 266 946; www.con-x-ion.com) shuttle buses are available from both terminals to specified stops in Brisbane with a journey time of around 30 minutes, and fare from A$16.

Con-x-ion also offers shuttles to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Rail: The Airtrain (tel: +61 7 3216 3308; www.airtrain.com.au) provides a frequent rail service to Brisbane Central Station, taking around 22 minutes with a fare of A$16; and to the Gold Coast, taking around 90 minutes with a fare from A$28.

Airtrain stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International Terminals.


Car rental

Car hire companies at Brisbane Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.

Offices for these providers are located on level 2 of the International Terminal and the ground floor of the Domestic Terminal.


Terminal facilities

Money: The International Terminal provides a bureaux de change and ATMs on levels 2, 3 and 4, while the Domestic Terminal provides ATMs in all areas.

Food: There are numerous cafés, fast-food outlets and bars at Brisbane Airport. Options in the International Terminal include a pizza outlet, bakeries and a pub. In the Domestic Terminal, options include snack bars and cafés.

Shopping: A large choice of fashion and gift shops, as well as duty-free shopping options, is available on levels 3 and 4 of the International Terminal.

There is a newsagent and a surf clothing shop in the Domestic Terminal.

A free shuttle service connects to the nearby Skygate shopping precinct, which offers further retail options.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi internet access (for up to three hours) is available throughout Brisbane Airport. Additionally, internet kiosks can be found on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the International Terminal. Public payphones are situated at various points within both terminals.

Other: Other facilities at Brisbane Airport include a first-aid service, baby change rooms and a multifaith prayer room, all located in the International Terminal. Showers are available in both terminals.

Qantas Club lounges are located in both terminals and a Virgin Australia lounge can be found in the Domestic Terminal.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled visitors include ramped and lift access to all floors, wheelchair-accessible toilets, and accessible shops and dining areas in the International Terminal.

Disabled car parking spaces and wheelchair set-down areas are available. Any passengers who may require additional assistance at the airport are advised to contact their airline before travelling.


Entry requirements

UK, USA and Canadian nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). New Zealand citizens are granted a Special Category Visa on arrival.


Getting around

Apart from walking, Brisbane has an extensive public transport system that includes bus, rail and ferry services.


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Latest update: How to get to Brisbane: 13 December, 2020


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