Benefits of public transport
Catching public transport may be up to four times cheaper than travelling in your car (according to RACQ research using a journey of 12km to the Brisbane CBD). It can also save you the cost of buying, maintaining and running additional vehicles.
Walking to and from public transport adds valuable minutes to your daily exercise total. Using public transport may also be less stressful than driving yourself, allowing you to read, listen to music or just slow down for a bit in your busy day.
Public transport is at least twice as energy efficient as private cars; a full bus produces 377 times less carbon monoxide than a full car. Each full standard bus can take more than 50 cars off the road while a full train can take more than 600 cars off the road.
Congestion is estimated to cost Brisbane tax payers as much as $3 billion by 2020. Up to 18,000 people per hour travel on TransLink busways during peak periods, reducing congestion costs; that's equivalent to about seven lanes of freeway traffic.
Everyone's travel needs are different. To help you get to your destination sooner, we offer a range of special public transport options in addition to our regular services.
Selected peak bus routes around Brisbane are pre-paid only to get you to your destination sooner.
Most of these bus routes operate in peak traffic times only. Therefore there is at least one alternative bus option for passengers who don't have a go card or other valid ticket.
Bus routes that are pre-paid can be identified by the letter P next to the route number on the destination board at the top of the bus.
The Blue CityGlider and Maroon CityGlider are the only pre-paid routes that operate throughout the whole day. If you use a go card you can board the CityGlider using the rear door.
FlexiLink services use a maxi cab to drop passengers close to their destination. The vehicle is wheelchair accessible with a 'FlexiLink' sign to distinguish it from other maxi cabs.
The G: is a 13 kilometre integrated tram system that connects the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University (Health and Knowledge precinct) to Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. There are 16 stations along this corridor with high-quality bus interchanges at Southport and Broadbeach.
A fleet of 14 trams will operate along this corridor with a tram service every 7.5 minutes during peak times. On the G: you can travel seamlessly throughout the heart of the Gold Coast and connect to any Surfside bus service or Queensland Rail train service to continue your journey.
Community transport services
Community transport is available to help people with disability travel for shopping and social activities, as well as medical appointments. Visit the Queensland Government website for more information about community transport.
Our journey planner may recommend a non-TransLink service because it connects with one of our services.
Non-TransLink operators provide services within the TransLink service area but they have different tickets, fares and conditions. You cannot use a TransLink ticket or go card to travel on these services.