REVIEW: The easy way of getting into the city from Brisbane Airport. Travelling on the Brisbane airtrain

Brisbane Airport airtrain
Date Posted: 01/08/2018

Once you arrive at Brisbane Airport there are various transport options to choose from to take you into the Brisbane CBD. The airtrain connects passengers from both Domestic and International Terminals at Brisbane Airport, the train stops at various train stations along the way into the city. Once the train clears the Brisbane CBD stations, it becomes a direct service all the way to the sunny Gold Coast.

The airtrain has a station located just outside the main entrance to each airport terminal, within a few minutes from collecting your bag you are already waiting on the platform for the next train. During busy peak periods the airtrain operates every 15 minutes, with trains operating every 30 minutes during lower peak times.
For the current timetable please click here.

International Terminal
Domestic Terminal

Getting to the airtrain station from the Domestic Terminal is simple, easy and straightforward. Once you have collected your bags from baggage claim, make your way out one of the airport, and look for the Brisbane airtrain sign. Head up the escalator to Level 1, lifts are also provided. Level 1 is where the Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas terminals meet before going up one final escalator to the train ticketing booth and train departure platform.

Customers are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets via the airtrain website prior to travelling. By purchasing your tickets prior to your arrival you can save up to 15% off the full adult fare, it all depends on how far ahead you purchase your tickets as to how much discount is applied.

If you are booking seven days or more, you will see the best savings especially when purchasing a return ticket. One thing which is extremely handy when you purchase you tickets online is that just book for the day of travel, it doesn’t matter if your flight is delayed or something comes up in-between, you are not locked into any particular departure time. Just make sure you are travelling on the date that you’re purchased the ticket(s) for.

Brisbane airtrain

If you are travelling with a friend or partner the ‘CityDUO Saver’ fare is only $30 for two tickets (one way) into the city. If you are travelling as part of a large group or as a family, more generous discounts will apply. Children aged 14 years and under travel for free in to the Brisbane city, as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

The first train departs weekdays from 5:40am and the last departing train from the airport station is at 10:04pm, so it doesn’t matter if your flight is a red-eye arrival into Brisbane or an overnight international flight leaving late at night, there will always be a train available.
For an up to date timetable, please click here.

If you have forgotten to pre-purchase your ticket(s) prior to arriving at the station you can purchase them at any airport station. If you hold a Brisbane Transport GoCard, all you need to do is tap your card on any of the readers provided. It’s as simple as that!

Route Map

If you are flying into Brisbane International Airport and need to make your way onto a domestic flight, leaving from the Domestic Airport terminal, or vice versa, you can transfer between terminals using the airtrain. Travelling between the stations, it only takes two minutes and costs as little as $4.50 when purchased online. Do bear in mind that most airlines will offer a complimentary airport transfer with your flight booking, utilising the T-Bus.

Brisbane airtrain Interior

From the Domestic Airport Station travelling via the International Terminal, it only takes 20 minutes to arrive in the heart of the Brisbane CBD at Central Station.

For travel between either Airport station (domestic or international) to the Brisbane CBD, the current fare charges are below*

From the Domestic Airport Station, travelling via the International Terminal it takes approximately 90 minutes to travel to the Gold Coast. If you are heading to the Gold Coast passengers will need to connect onto the G-Link Trams at Helensvale Station. Once on the G-Link Tram it will take you right into the heart of Surfers Paradise.
For more information on the G-Link Tram please visit,

For travel between either Airport station (domestic or international) to Surfers Paradise, the current fare charges are below*

For children aged 5 years to 14 years travelling to the Gold Coast a ticket will need to be purchased for them. Children aged 14 years and under only travel for free into the Brisbane CBD. For infants aged 1 to 4 years old travel free of charge across the whole airtrain network.

Whenever I have travelled on the airtrain, the train carriages have been spotless, they are free from rubbish. I have never had any issues in getting a seat, even during peak travel times. Clear audio announcements are made throughout the journey, so there no worry of missing your station.

All the airport train stations are all well signposted and are extremely easy to navigate around. There is always an airtrain personnel at most train stations and also on the platform, perfect if you require any assistance, or you’re not too sure where to go, they will be more than happy to help.

*Ticket charges, fares and discounts may change at any time and the changes may not be reflected on this website. Prices, discounts and fares are correct at the time of posting (01/08/2018). For current up to date information along with terms and conditions please visit the airtrain website at

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