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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland with a population of around 1.6 million in the greater metropolitan area. Brisbane is a river city making full use of its enviable environment. The Brisbane River winds gently through the city and serves as a delightful way to explore the area.
There are a number of major bus stations that include the Queen Street Bus Station and King George Quare both located in the Brisbane CBD, and the Cultural Centre just over the river in South Bank.
There are over 400 bus routes in the TransLink network with 12,600 well marked stops where you can jump on and jump off.
Grab a Translink Go Card ticket that you can swipe as you get on and off public transport for hassle free travel. The card works on all public transport in Brisbane which includes buses, train and the CityCat ferry services.
You will find a fleet of 21 CityCats and nine monohull ferries (including CityHoppers) along a network of 25 terminals stretching from The University of Queensland at St Lucia (UQ St Lucia) to Northshore Hamilton.
CityCats operate seven days a week with regular services every 15 minutes for most of the day, and express routes and more frequent services during peak times.
Brisbane has a network of suburban railways that carry commuters, long distance travellers and freight. There are 10 train lines - Airport, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Cleveland, Doomben, Ferny Grove, Gold Coast, Ipswich/Rosewood, Shorncliffe and Sunshine Coast - and 139 stations in Brisbane's train network.
The commuter trains on these lines are all pretty new and offer much seating, room for standing with bicycles, disabled access and air conditioning which is a relief in the hot Brisbane heat. Queensland Rail has also improved your travel experience with the introduction of free Wi-Fi in certain carriages on the City network trains.
The major Brisbane train stations include:
If you're heading into the city centre or down to the Gold Coast, the train is the easiest, quickest and cheapest option. The Brisbane Airport train – Airtrain runs regularly into Brisbane and also runs through to the Gold Coast stopping at popular stations along the way.
Brisbane Airport is 13 kilometres from the city center, located in the north east region of Brisbane near Moreton Bay. Bus and rail transfers operate from the domestic and international Brisbane airport terminals throughout the day and night.
If arriving in Brisbane via aeroplane at Brisbane International Airport, car hire is available from Level 1 Domestic Terminal or Level 2 International Terminal. All major Australian car rental companies are represented.