On the ground and in the air, Brisbane delivers a first-class travel and transport network. Brisbane Airport is consistently recognised as one of the world’s best and the city’s integrated public transport system ensures delegates have efficient and cost-effective access to key sites and locations.
Located just 20 minutes from the city centre, Brisbane Airport is an award-winning facility that offers world-class facilities, extensive national and international connections and the convenience of 24-hour operations.
Brisbane Airport’s close proximity to the city centre provides visiting delegates with a range of budget-friendly transfer options. In addition to the Brisbane Airtrain service, delegates can select from shuttle/coach services, limousine transfers and taxis.
The award-winning Airtrain is an increasingly popular option for conference delegates transferring from the domestic and international Airport terminals to the city centre. The 20 minute express Airport to city service runs every 15 minutes during peak hours stopping at five inner-city stations. A discounted delegate rate has been negotiated on behalf of the ICIM 2014.
Brisbane’s integrated public transport system provides delegates with a city-wide network of road, rail and river options. Integrated ticketing across trains, buses, CityCats (high-speed catamarans) and ferries, also paves the way for streamlined delegate travel.
With a comprehensive network that extends across the city, Brisbane’s electric rail network provides direct access for commuters to key destinations including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank and the Roma Street Parkland. The Sofitel Brisbane Central and Holiday Inn Brisbane also enjoy direct access to key inner-city rail stations. Coastal destinations and popular attractions such as Dreamworld | WhiteWater World and Australia Zoo are also well serviced through the rail network and dedicated bus connections.
Brisbane’s modern fleet of buses service all corners of the city and key centres of interest including major shopping centres, train stations and ferry terminals. Special NightLink bus services run on popular transport routes after midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings and the 2010 introduction of a new CityGlider bus service will link the city centre to the inner-city suburbs of Newstead and West End through a high frequency rapid bus transit system.
Visitors based in the downtown area can also make use of the Loop – a free weekday bus service circling the central business district every ten minutes and stopping at key destinations including the Queen Street Mall, Treasury Heritage Casino, City Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre and King George Square. Visitors based in the inner-city precinct of Spring Hill can use the free Spring Hill Loop service for weekday city drop-offs.
A favourite with both locals and travellers, Brisbane’s iconic CityCat and ferry services offer one of the most enjoyable commuter services. Spanning almost 20 kilometres of the Brisbane River from the University of Queensland in the west to the urban village of Bulimba in the north, the CityCats provides easy, enjoyable access to key city spots.
TransLink conference and special event pass
The TransLink Conference and Special Event pass provides visiting delegates with a convenient public transport ticketing solution. TransLink can work with you to customise a specially branded pass to suit your event dates and requirements and allow delegates easy travel between conference venues, accommodation and major attractions.
Walking and cycling options
With a compact city centre, a pedestrian mall covering several blocks of the city heart and two inner-city cross-river footbridges, Brisbane’s key business, entertainment and cultural precincts are easy to navigate by foot. An extensive network of pedestrian paths, bikeways and boardwalks link key inner-city and urban village destinations and provide an especially easy transit option for delegates based in the city and meeting in the South Bank vicinity.
Brisbane is home to more than 1,200 kilometres of bike paths and cycling is a great way to get behind the scenes of the city. Bikes can be hired from operators located in the city and in late 2010 Brisbane City Council will introduce the CityCycle program – Australia’s first large-scale public bike hire initiative. Brisbane’s Green Cabs (pedicabs with space for two passengers) provide another eco-friendly inner-city transport option.