Many Brisbanites get around the city and outlying suburbs using the Brisbane bus network. It’s a quick, cheap and environmentally sound way to travel.
There are over 400 bus routes in the TransLink network with 12,600 well marked stops where you can jump on and jump off, making bus travel an ideal option for those not on a budget, but wanting a hassle free journey. Busways are dedicated roadways that separate buses from general traffic so commuters can enjoy a congestion free journey which is fast, frequent and reliable.
The easiest way to figure out how to get somewhere in Brisbane is to use the simple Journey Planner Which will tell you the fastest route using whatever transport option works best. Remember! If there is no one to get on or off at a stop, the bus wont stop. Before your stop comes up you'll have to press the "stop" button so the driver knows someone needs to get off. If you're not sure of the stop just talk to the bus driver as you get on, they'll be able to let you know when your stop is coming up.
Translink Go Card
The cheaper option to the almost completely phased out paper ticket system is the Translink Go Card; an electronic 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 can top up the balance of your Go Card at pay stations around major terminals then simply scan your card as you get on the bus and when you get off. Your fare will automatically be deducted from the balance on your card and also display the remaining balance. There is no problem with using multiple transport routes and types, your Go Card will work out from the swipes that you are on one journey and charge you accordingly.
Recently, Brisbane introduced special 'Nightlink' late night buses that run throughout the inner city on Friday and Saturday nights in the following suburbs:
- Bracken Ridge
- Eight Mile Plains
- Ferny Grove
- Forest Lake
- New Farm
- St Lucia
- The Gap
- Upper Mount Gravatt
- West End