Follow these guidelines and tips below to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for everyone on Translink services.
- Have your go card or valid paper ticket ready.
- Reminder: services in South East Queensland are currently cashless.
- Arrive at your stop five minutes before the scheduled departure time.
- Use the MyTranslink app to check arrival times of your service.
- To hail a bus, raise your hand to show that you'd like the bus driver to stop. Make sure you are standing in a visible location so the driver can clearly see you.
- Favourite your service in the MyTranslink app to receive notifications of service disruptions.
- To get off a bus, press the stop button well before your stop, at least 100 metres, to allow the driver to stop smoothly and safely.
- Treat all public transport staff and other passengers with courtesy and respect (see Passenger Code of Conduct).
- For lost property, please contact the operator of the service the item was left on.
- If you're transferring to another service, you can combine your trips into a single fare.
Transferring between services
With our transfer options, you can combine two or more smaller trips into one overall journey, with one fare.
Use your go card to tap on and off for each trip. Our system will automatically combine your trips into a single fare.
Train-to-train transfers only need to be touched off at the end of the journey.
- One-hour time limit between transfers
- Maximum of 3 transfers per journey
- Total journey length must be shorter than 6 hours
- Final trip must start within 3.5 hours of first trip
- Unlimited transfers within 2 hours (3.5 hours if travelling more than 4 zones—SEQ only)
- You must start your final trip before the printed expiry time
- Returning to your initial departure destination is not permitted—you must purchase another paper ticket to do this
Travelling with large items
Please be aware of these extra safety measures when travelling with a pram or stroller.
You may need to fold your pram or stroller and store it in the luggage rack if:
- you are travelling during peak times
- the bus driver advises that there is not enough space on board the bus to safely park the pram
- it is not a wheelchair accessible bus
- the designated wheelchair space in already occupied or it is required throughout the trip.
At all other times, you can travel with the child seated in the pram or stroller.
Please remember to:
- park your pram or stroller in the designated wheelchair space with its brake on, and
- ensure your child is secured in the pram or stroller harness.
Due to workplace health and safety concerns, Translink staff are not required to assist in folding and loading prams or other large objects.
Special conditions apply if you want to take your bike on the bus, train, ferry or tram.
You can travel with your bike on the train at any time, including peak travel times. Make sure you know what to do if you're travelling with your bike or e-scooter on a peak hour train.
Bus and tram
If you have a foldable bike that can be carried in bag no bigger than 90cm x 70cm x 36cm, you can travel on any bus or tram.
Travelling with your bike on the CityCat or CityFerry services is subject to space availability—you may not be able to travel on your desired service if there are other bikes occupying space.
Check out the cycling and walking page for more details.
You can take small non-motorised recreational scooters on any Translink service.
Electric scooters are allowed on trains and ferries, however, they are not allowed on buses.
You can take surfboards, golf bags and other large items on Translink services that are equipped to do so. You may be refused travel or directed to use off-peak services if you have items which may inconvenience other passengers or pose a safety hazard.
Long surfboards cannot be carried on smaller Sunbus (Sunshine Coast) or Surfside (Gold Coast) buses.
You can take luggage and shopping bags on Translink services, provided there is space to do so.
Please use luggage racks or store items under your seat, to minimise disruption to other passengers.
Travelling with pets
You will need an approved Assistance Animal Pass if you wish to travel with a pet on Translink buses, trains, trams and ferries.
However, you don't need an Assistance Animal Pass if you are travelling with a pet dog on Brisbane River ferries and CityCats between:
- 8.30am - 3.30pm and 7pm - 6am weekdays, and all weekend.
Before you take your dog on a ferry please review our requirements (111KB, PDF), and ensure that:
- your dog is on a lead and wearing a muzzle, or in an enclosed carrier
- your dog is under your control and remains outside the ferry cabin
- you carry waste bags and clean up after your dog.
Due to capacity constraints, or other operational reasons, ferry staff may ask you and your dog to wait for another service.
Hail 'n' ride
There are several services around the network where you can catch the bus without waiting at a bus stop.
Hail 'n' ride locations are usually in rural and regional areas.
Contact your local bus operator for details about hail 'n' ride locations.
You cannot hail 'n' ride:
- within 400m of a bus stop
- on roads with speed limits of more than 60kph.
Please make sure the bus has enough room to pull over safely and not interfere with passing traffic. Drivers are not able to pull over in a passing lane, on a corner or on a roundabout.
In addition to the above, in Cairns you cannot hail 'n' ride:
- within Zone 20 (inner city)
- along Sheridan Street or Mulgrave Road, except the following approved hail 'n' ride locations: