If you’re coming to Brisbane, chances are you’re flying into the Brisbane Airport where there are both international and domestic terminals. Located approximately 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD (Central Business District), it’s fairly busy all year round, but still very accessible.
There are a few means by which you can arrive and/or leave the terminals. First and most obvious is by car. If you’re just dropping someone off, short-term parking is available starting at $5 for the first half hour and $10 for the first two hours. If you need to leave your car while you’re away, long-term parking is available at the international terminal starting at $22 for the first day.
Obviously, paying for parking while you’re gone can get expensive, so it’s ideal to avoid this scenario. There are alternative modes of transportation to and from the terminals that are more cost effective. Bus services are available and run daily from the CBD to the airport from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Buses running from the airport to the CBD begin at 5:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. These routes run every 30 minutes and cost between $9 and $11.
Trains are also available through Airtran and run from 6:16 a.m. to 7:35 p.m. seven days a week. A one-way trip costs $11 and is definitely the preferred means of travel to and from the airport.
If you’re in a hurry and need a quick route to the CBD, taxis are always available. A trip to the city will probably cost you about $25 plus a $2 fee for all departing taxis. If you’re not in a rush, I’d recommend bypassing the taxis for obvious financial reasons.
For those of you who need to transfer from the domestic terminal to the international terminal, there’s a train system that runs every 15 minutes. These trains cost $4 and run seven days a week.