There are many features on the TransLink website to help you plan your journey.
You can use the journey planner to see what transport options are available to get from your origin to destination at a particular time and day. Enter either a street address, landmark, stop name or stop ID.
Modifying your search options
You can modify the search criteria to get a more suitable journey for your needs, for example, you can:
- choose to leave after or arrive before a specific time
- choose the earliest or last service of the day
- select any combination of bus, train and ferry services
- increase or decrease the maximum walk distance, as well as your walking speed
- select any combination of bus service types, for example regular, express, NightLink or school services
- select any combination of fare types, for example, standard, prepaid (you cannot buy tickets on board the bus, you need to have a go card) or free services.
Confirm your journey
If there is no exact match for your start or end location, or if there is more than one match, you will be prompted to confirm the location.
If you don't know the stop name or address, select a landmark which will search for all nearby stops
To search for a bus timetable, enter the bus route code and select the date for the timetable you want to see.
- Some buses do not operate on some weekdays, weekends or public holidays. For example, NightLink buses only operate on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Most buses have a 2- or 3-digit route number, and many have a letter in front, such as a P (prepaid services) and N (NightLink service). There are some buses that only have a 4-character code:
- Brisbane City loop: LOOP
- Spring Hill loop: SHLP
- Blue CityGlider: CGLD
- Maroon Glider: MGLD
- Train and ferry route codes are made up of 4 characters, which indicate the origin and destination of the service, for example train service CAIP starts at Caboolture and ends at Ipswich.
Stop pages show all services which stop there in the next 90 minutes. Scroll to the bottom of the timetable and click on the 'view full timetable' to see all services for the day.
Some stops have a Trip Tracker icon to indicate which services have real-time information. The page will refresh automatically every 10 seconds.
The stop information page also shows any service updates that are currently affecting services which sotp there, or that will affect services in the near future. There is also a map of the stop location, nearby go card locations and landmarks.
There are also some handy web pages which show the main stops and stations:
Find stops near you
If you're unfamiliar with public transport services in your area, we can help you find stops near you.
Enter you address or a nearby landmark and we'll give you a list of stops that are within 1km. You can zoom in and out of the map to show more or less stops, and click on a stop name for details stop information.
If you're using the mobile site, you can click on the 'use current location' link on the stops and stations page to find your nearest stops using your GPS coordinates.
Follow your journey on your mobile
Did you know, if you have a GPS enabled mobile phone, you can see where you are on your journey? Here's how:
Make sure your GPS location services are enabled (contact your mobile phone provider if you're not sure how to do this).
- Go to translink.com.au on your mobile phone.
- Find the trip you're on, by either going via the route timetable or stop timetable.
- Make sure you select the trip you are on, for example the 5.15am route 111 service.
- Click on 'show map of service' link.
- Click on 'track me' link.
- You will see your location is marked with a red marker, and as your bus, train or ferry travels your location will be updated.
Service updates are available on the website as soon as possible after TransLink are made aware of the changes. If you're planning your journey in advance, check the website again before you travel to see if there are any changes that may affect your journey.
These will appear on the homepage, route pages of affected services, stop pages of affected services and also in the journey planner when you plan you journey.
Enter a street address (e.g. 16 Smith St) and suburb, if known. Don't include unit numbers.
Landmarks include major bus interchanges, train stations, ferry terminals, sporting venue, shopping centres, parks, cinemas and many more.
Stop name and stop ID (including QR codes)
Each stop has a name and individual six digit stop ID. These can be found on some bus stops and timetables.
Find your stop by typing in your stop name or ID. If you only have the street name and suburb, a list of suggested stops will appear, allowing you to select the correct one.
You can also see QR codes on some stop timetables. If you have an appropriate smart phone and QR code scanner application you can scan the QR code with your phone camera and you'll be shown the stop information and stop timetable.
The travel options I want are not coming up
You can see more services or closer services by modifying your search options.
It's a good idea to check:
- the date and time as there may be changes due to public holidays or weekend timetables
- if you are excluding some modes of transport or fare types as this will also affect your search results.
The best way to find services after midnight in journey planner is to search for services after 11.55pm. You can also refer to late night services for timetables and more information.
There's a service missing
Journey planner may not suggest a particular service if there is an express service leaving later, but that would get you to your destination earlier, than the slower service. However, if you click on "show travel details" for that leg on the journey details, you can see all alternative routes and times.
Journey planner usually allows five minutes for you to transfer between services, and won't recommend transfers where you would have to leave one service and board another in less than five minutes. This is to minimise the chance of you missing your connecting service. However, sometimes you could transfer in less time than this. Checking the alternative routes and times might suggest alternate services you can transfer onto.
Services which run past midnight into the early morning of the following day are treated as part of the same day. For example, if a bus service continues to operate past midnight on a Friday, it is still considered a Friday service.
Something else is wrong
It's also a good idea to check your start and end location.
If your street or street number is new, or if construction has caused changes in your area, they may not yet be recognised by the journey planner. If you experience this problem, contact us.
Please provide as much detail as possible so that we can investigate, including:
- the day and time you did your search
- the start and end locations, date, time and other options in your search
- the results you expected
- the results you got.
This page gives you a detailed description of a suggested journey and display options depending on your search.
It may offer one or many options depending on the journey available. Switch between the options by clicking on the tabs at the top of your journey details.
At the top of each journey option, there is a summary of the total travel time, total walking distance number of transfers and the go card adult fare.
Each journey will show the following:
This will show how long your walk will take, and you can check the map to see exactly where you need to go.
Each leg of your journey is shown with an icon indicating the mode of transport.
Click on 'more info & times' to find out infomration on the departure and arrival times and the stop or platform your service will be leaving from.
You'll also find alternative trips for the selected leg of your journey.
For each leg, click the 'zoom to trip on map' to see where the service travels.
Train platforms shown are subject to change. Please check the latest information available on arrival at your station.
Current service status
Check the status of your service for any interruptions or delays that might affect your journey.
Please note: the status shown is based on information currently on the website. If you're planning your journey for the future, check the website again before you travel for information about any unplanned disruptions.
The fare information explains the number of zones you'll travel through and how much it will cost depending on the ticket you are travelling with.