Public transport

backpacking around Brisbane by public transport

Brisbane’s public transport network for a backpacker is one of the best you will find in your travels. It’s clean, green and safe with a network of trains, ferries (CityCats) and buses that have been integrated so commuters and visitors can travel seamlessly between each service.



With the TransLink go card you can travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, ferry and rail services across south-east Queensland.You can buy a go card from selected retailers and rail stations, online or over the phone, and top up your card balance like a prepaid mobile phone whenever it suits you.


The Loop is a free and convenient bus service travelling in both directions around the CBD. Operating Mon-Fri 7am-5.50pm, every ten minutes from any red CBD bus stop.


Brisbane runs all-night bus and train services, known as NightLink services from the CBD and Fortitude Valley on Friday and Saturday nights. NightLink flatfare taxis are also available from selected taxi ranks in the CBD and Fortitude Valley. Taxi fares are capped depending on the number of passengers and distance travelled.


The Brisbane CityCat and ferry services are a favourite among the locals and visitors, it’s an enjoyable and handy way to get around Brisbane. Enjoy the ample sightseeing opportunities as you wind your way around the river with access to key city stops including New Farm Park, South Bank and Bulimba.


A first in Australia, CityCycle offers up to 2000 bikes for pick up and drop off at up to 150 bike parking stations across inner city Brisbane.CityCycle is primerily for short trips within the inner city, offering free 30 minute hire for subscribers. Casual users and visitors to Brisbane can also make use of the scheme via a daily access charge.

At Brisbane backpackers hostel
“Somewhere to Stay”,
our free shuttle
bus can drop you
off at any of the local Bus Stops,
Train Stations,
Ferry Terminals
or Taxi or bike
ranks every hour
on the hour.
Just ask us!