A Guide to Public Transport Options in Brisbane & South Bank

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Are you planning a trip to Brisbane and staying at Novotel Brisbane South Bank? Wondering how to get around the city efficiently using public transport? Look no further! This guide will walk you through the various public transport options available in Brisbane and South Bank, including how to travel to and from the airport using public transportation.

Getting Around Brisbane: Public Transport Essentials

Brisbane City Buses

Brisbane’s extensive bus network covers every corner of the city, making it easy to reach your desired destination. From the CBD to suburban neighbourhoods, buses offer a reliable and affordable way to get around. TransLink’s journey planner and mobile app provide real-time information on routes, schedules, and fares, ensuring smooth travels throughout your travels.

Pro Tip: The free City Loop bus services (City Loop, South Brisbane Loop and Spring Hill Loop) are perfect for exploring the CBD’s key attractions, whilst being close to Southbank Brisbane hotels.

CityCat Ferries

For a scenic way to travel around Brisbane, hop aboard the iconic CityCat ferries. These ferries travel along the Brisbane River, offering stunning views of the city skyline and key landmarks like the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. With multiple stops along the river, including South Bank, the CityCat network provides a convenient and enjoyable mode of transportation. Make sure to take a sunset ride for a memorable experience!

E-Bikes and E-Scooters

For eco-conscious travellers and fitness enthusiasts, E-bikes and E-scooters offer a fun and healthy way to navigate Brisbane’s streets. With numerous docking stations scattered across the city, you can rent a bike and pedal your way to your destination. With approximately 3200 electric bikes and scooters scattered throughout the city, making it easy to cycle along the scenic riverside paths and explore the cultural precinct at your pace.


One of the best ways to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of South Bank is by taking a leisurely walk. Explore the bustling streets, discover hidden gems, and immerse yourself in the local culture as you wander through this lively precinct. Novotel Brisbane South Bank is one of the closest hotels near QPAC Brisbane and a convenient choice of accommodation near Brisbane Convention Centre South Bank. Additionally, it is within walking distance from the South Bank Parklands, Queensland Art Gallery, GOMA and Wheel of Brisbane.

Travelling to and from Brisbane Airport


For travellers arriving at Brisbane Airport the Airtrain will be the perfect choice for you, offering a convenient way to get to your desired location.

Simply board the train at the airport station and depart at South Brisbane Station located just a short walk from Novotel Brisbane South Bank. With frequent departures and carriages equipped with Wi-Fi, the Airtrain ensures a stress-free journey.

Pro Tip: Save money by booking your Airtrain tickets online in advance, and enjoy discounts on return fares.

Airport Bus Services

If you prefer a more budget-friendly option, several bus services operate between Brisbane Airport and various city locations. From shuttle buses to public transport routes, these services offer a cost-effective alternative for travellers seeking convenience without breaking the bank. Check the TransLink website or inquire at the airport information desk for the latest bus schedules and fares.

Final Thoughts: Embrace Brisbane’s Public Transport Network

With its seamless connection and diverse transportation options, navigating Brisbane and South Bank has never been easier. Whether you are cruising along the river on a CityCat ferry, exploring the city streets by bus, or pedalling your way around, Brisbane’s public transport network caters to all travellers’ needs. By choosing Novotel Brisbane South Bank, one of the top-rated accommodation South Bank Brisbane, you will be central to everything.