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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson July 25, 2014 - 1,090 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #brisbane  #Tram  #GoldCoast  #Train  #Bus  #ferry  #PublicTransport  #CityTravel 

    By far the quickest way to get to Brisbane from the Brisbane International Airport is by train, avoiding traffic, taking about 20 minutes.


    If you’re staying in a suburb on a train line, such as Toowong, Taringa, or Auchenflower you may be able to find cheaper accommodation and still be a ten-minute-or-less journey into the CBD.

     

    However, Brisbane’s train lines aren’t as dispersed and complex as other major cities, so to get where you want to go in and around the city you may need to catch a bus.

     

    Access to mobile internet or wifi will make your trip a breeze. Just jump onto the TransLink website for integrated information across the trains, buses, ferries and Gold Coast light rail – translink.com.au.

     

    If without a roaming companion, asking locals should be easy enough. Or head to the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre at the northern end of Queen Street Mall, near Queens Plaza. Head to a busway for frequent buses and staff to assist you. The main busways to note are King George Square station (off Adelaide St in the CBD) and Cultural Centre station (in the tourist- and family-friendly area of South Bank).

     

    To stop off at Brisbane’s lifestyle precincts and suburban cultural hubs simply catch a CityGlider or Brisbane City Loop bus. These buses come frequently and catch them from any number of stops along Adelaide Street, just one street over from Queen Street. The Loop (“LOOP”) bus is free. While, the CityGlider is prepaid only, meaning you need a go card with credit pre-purchased.

     

    Lapping up Brisbane’s river locale is best sought with the CityCat ferry. The CityCat will link you up with Brisbane’s inner city suburbs along the river, for a romantic journey in about the same time as a bus. Ferries tend to be a lot less crowded than buses, providing a lovely moment to recharge your batteries. The CityHopper ferry is free (and red) and takes you across the river, between Kangaroo Point and Eagle Street Pier (Brisbane CBD side).

     

    Purchase go cards from train station ticket offices, news agencies displaying go card signs, and 7 Eleven stores. Brisbane has an integrated ticketing system so you can use this electronic ticket on any of the public transport options.
    In Queensland the train lines are going through regular upgrades and maintenance – so check if your train is running on the website beforehand. Any delays or track closures will be shown on the home page.

     

    Recently, the Gold Coast has been equipped with a shiny new tram system (light rail) called the G:link. It’s a great way to make your way to tourist hotspots Southport and Broadbeach while avoiding some of the GC’s notorious traffic. The corridor features 16 stations and bus interchanges at Southport and Broadbeach.

     

    Happy travelling!

     

    Blog by Jennifer Anderson

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