30 September 2021
South East Queensland

Footy fans will have access to a range of additional train and shuttle bus services when Queensland celebrates a piece of NRL history on Sunday with the first Grand Final outside of Sydney.

For the first time in 113 years, the Australian rugby league showpiece will be played away from the NSW capital when Suncorp Stadium hosts Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs from 6.30pm (AEST) on Sunday.

Travel to and from the game is free with an event ticket on Queensland Rail City Network trains (excluding Airtrain), Brisbane City Council buses and special event shuttle services.

Free travel is valid from 10am until the last scheduled service of the day.

Head of TransLink Sally Stannard said the following additional services would operate on the day:

  • regular shuttle buses from Brisbane CBD will operate from midday while shuttles from Carindale, Chermside, Eight Mile Plains and The Gap will operate from 3.20pm
  • return shuttle buses will run for approximately one hour after the game 
  • extra Queensland Rail train services covering most lines after the game 

“This is a historic occasion for Queensland and we’re looking forward to ensuring it is a memorable one for fans travelling to the game,” Ms Stannard said.

“We know fans will be coming from all over the state to be part of our first NRL Grand Final so we’ll be making sure we provide access to convenient public transport services to and from the stadium.

“As always, public transport remains the best way to get to major events like this and our focus is on getting fans to and from the game safely.

“With two Intrust Super Cup preliminary finals to be played as curtain-raisers at 12.15pm and 2.45pm, we’d encourage fans to get to the stadium as early as possible.

“We also need customers to play their part when travelling on public transport and remember the three key messages in our COVID-Safe Public Transport Plan: leave a gap, adjust your travel and keep it clean.

“Together, we will make this once-in-a-lifetime event truly unforgettable.”

In place since May 2020, TransLink’s COVID-safe Public Transport Plan outlines a range of initiatives introduced in response to the pandemic including:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitisation of vehicles, stations and touch points
  • A Service Capacity Tracker to provide customers with forecasted patronage for their service
  • Additional bus and train services in and out of the Brisbane CBD on weekdays
  • Hand sanitiser at major train and bus stations
  • Cashless ticketing on SEQ services
  • Rear-door boarding on selected bus services where practical
  • Scheduling larger vehicles on busier routes in peak periods
  • Regular updates via digital channels (TransLink website, app and social media channels) and on-the-ground signage and announcements where relevant

Suncorp Stadium General Manager Alan Graham urged fans to plan ahead to ensure their Grand Final Day experience was enjoyable. 

“With two great curtain-raisers and a spectacular pre-game show not to be missed, it makes sense for fans to jump on one of the many free buses or trains get to the stadium early,” Mr Graham said.

Ms Stannard said fans using public transport services should plan their journey, consider travelling earlier to avoid peak times and stay at home if unwell.

“As our regular customers would know, masks remain mandatory when travelling on public transport,” she said.

“We also ask that fans have their event ticket barcode ready when queuing to enter the stadium, in order to minimise delays.

“Customers should also note that there is a track closure on the Cleveland line on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Cross River Rail works, with railbuses replacing trains between Park Road and Lindum stations. This makes it particularly important to plan ahead.

"The best way to plan travel to the big game on Sunday or any future matches is by visiting our website at translink.com.au or calling 13 12 30.”

For more information, visit TransLink’s NRL Grand Final event page.