TransLink operates services across 23 zones in South East Queensland and 11 zones in Cairns.
In South East Queensland, the zones start from zone 1 in Brisbane’s CBD and spread out to the Sunshine Coast and Gympie in the north, the Gold Coast in the south and Ipswich and Helidon in the west.
In Cairns, the CBD is within a special zone (20). There are 10 zones which extend to Palm Cove in the north, Gordonvale in the south and west to Redlynch.
Fares are calculated at either an adult or concession rate and based on the number of zones you travel through during your journey.
Working out your fare
Fares are based on the number of zones travelled in.
To calculate your fare, look at the zones you travel in during your journey. Subtract the lowest zone you will be travelling in from the highest zone and add 1. This will determine the correct number of zones you will be charged for.
You can also use the journey planner to calculate the fare for a specific journey.
Cairns customers please note: Travel to or from Cairns zone 20 is treated as an additional zone.
- If you are travelling between Ipswich (zone 7) and Fortitude Valley (zone 1), you would pay a 7-zone fare because you are travelling in zones 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, which is (7-1)+1 = 7 zones.
- If you are travelling from Morayfield (zone 8) to Strathpine (zone 5), you would pay a 4-zone fare because you are travelling in zones 8, 7, 6 and 5, which is (8-5)+1 = 4 zones.
Some bus stops and train stations are located on a zone boundary, so they have 2 zone numbers (for example, Burpengary is zone 7/8). This means when you travel towards Brisbane, you use the lower zone number to calculate your fare. When you travel away from Brisbane, you use the higher zone number.