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Public Transportation in Brisbane

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Brisbane is an important step in adjusting to life in Brisbane. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in Brisbane

Brisbane is a bustling city with a well-developed public transportation system. The city offers a variety of public transportation options including buses, trains, ferries, and taxis. The bus service is run by Brisbane Transport, the train service by Queensland Rail, and the ferry service by Brisbane City Council. The city also has a number of taxi companies and ride-sharing services like Uber. With such a comprehensive public transportation system, it is possible for an expat living in Brisbane to comfortably live without a car, relying on public transportation and walking.


The bus service in Brisbane is extensive and reliable, covering most areas of the city. Brisbane Transport operates a large fleet of buses that run on regular schedules. The buses are generally safe to use at any time of the day or night, and are used by a wide range of people including women travelling alone and children going to school. The cost of a bus ride depends on the distance travelled, but is generally affordable. For example, a one-way trip within one zone costs around $3.90. There are also daily, weekly, and monthly passes available that offer unlimited travel and can save you money if you use the bus regularly.


Queensland Rail operates the train service in Brisbane, which is a fast and efficient way to travel around the city and to the surrounding regions. The trains are modern and comfortable, and are generally safe to use. The train stations are well-lit and have security personnel on duty. The cost of a train ride also depends on the distance travelled, but is similar to the bus fares. The train service is particularly useful for travelling to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, which are popular tourist destinations.


The ferry service in Brisbane is a unique and enjoyable way to travel around the city. The ferries, known as CityCats, operate along the Brisbane River and stop at a number of key locations including the University of Queensland, South Bank, and the CBD. The ferries are safe and comfortable, and offer stunning views of the city. The cost of a ferry ride is the same as the bus and train fares. The ferry service is a great way to explore the city and is a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.

Taxis and Ride-Sharing

There are a number of taxi companies in Brisbane, as well as ride-sharing services like Uber. These services offer a convenient and flexible way to travel around the city, especially if you are travelling with a group or have a lot of luggage. The cost of a taxi or Uber ride depends on the distance travelled and the time of day, but is generally more expensive than the bus, train, or ferry. However, these services can be a good option if you need to travel to a location that is not well-served by public transportation.

In conclusion, the public transportation system in Brisbane is comprehensive and reliable, making it possible for an expat to live comfortably without a car. Whether you prefer to travel by bus, train, ferry, or taxi, you can get around the city easily and affordably.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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