Brisbane is a city with much to offer its visitors. As the capital of Queensland, the ‘Sunshine State’, weather is fantastic even by Australian standards. Brisbane’s capital status also ensures that the city is vibrant, progressive and exciting, with hosts of attractions, a buzzing arts scene and independent businesses. The city began life as a place to house repeat offenders sent from Britain to Down Under, and this ungainly past now provides a fascinating, visible history. Visit remarkable buildings built by inmates, such as the Old Windmill and Commissariat Store, via the large number of historic walking routes recently introduced across the city. Brisbane offers something for everyone; the Central Business District is a sleek and stylish jungle of skyscrapers, while culture fiends can get their fix at South Bank. For those looking to stay ahead of the crowd, Fortitude Valley offers the perfect place to experience the concentrated buzz of development that Brisbane has seen over recent years, with visionary new stores, bars and restaurants.
Car hire from Brisbane Airport is a great way to experience every part of Brisbane that you hope to see. The beach resorts that flank either side of the city are also famed for their desirability – why not reserve a convertible car and ride with the top down along the subtropical coastline to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. For a taste of the rainforest, head north to Cairns, which is the jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef. Book now with Auto Europe to save money on your car hire, thanks to our excellent relationships with the best providers, garnered over 65 years in operation. For those with a fortnight to spare, why not use Brisbane as a launching pad for the road trip of a lifetime to Melbourne, past the legendary surf city, Byron Bay.
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Website: Brisbane Airport Website
Address: 11 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008, Australia
Location: The airport is situated 9 miles east of central Brisbane, by the coast.
Airlines operating at San Diego Airport: Many international airlines serve Brisbane, including Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia. Domestic flights are operated by the likes of Alliance Airlines, JETGO and Tigerair.
Tel: +1 619 400 2404
Brisbane Airport has two passenger terminals, one for international flights and the other for domestic. These terminals are connected by a free transfer bus that takes around 10 minutes and runs regularly. The International Terminal (T1) was completed in 1995; however a major redevelopment project began in early 2014, with the aim of allowing 1000 flights per day. Arrivals are found on Level 2, while check-in occurs on Level 4. The Domestic Terminal (T2) has only 2 storeys – check-in desks are all located on Level 1.
Domestically, Brisbane Airport has non-stop links to 52 destinations, with links also to New Zealand. For those travelling to Asia, Brisbane Airport has many direct destination options, including Beijing, Bali, Bangkok and Shanghai. The UK can be reached directly via London and cross-Pacific flights to Vancouver are regular.
Auto Europe works alongside the best suppliers of car rental at Brisbane Airport – Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo and Europcar. All of their car rental desks can be found on Level 2 of the International Terminal, behind Spoon Café and next to baggage claim on Level 1 of the Domestic Terminal. In Brisbane, Alamo is serviced by Redspot. Please make sure that upon arrival you are in possession of your valid driving licence, voucher and credit card with which you made the reservation. It is important to be aware of which insurance policy you have opted for and how this covers you for excesses and damages. Before accepting your vehicle, please check for any faults and bring them to the attention of your supplier so as to avoid any disputes when returning the vehicle.
Car hire desks opening hours
|Alamo (Redspot)||5am - 11pm|
|Hertz||5am - 12:30am|
|Enterprise||5am - 11pm|
|Europcar||5am - midnight|
Brisbane Airport offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants for your convenience. While there are comprehensive Visitor Information desks in both terminals, over 120 blue-shirted assistants are stationed around the airport who are happy to answer any questions you may have. Free WiFi is available throughout the International Terminal and in the central atrium of the Domestic Terminal. It’s fast enough for you to pass time with your favourite TV shows and movies. Alternatively, relax with a massage at the Plaza Premium Wellness Spa on Level 3 – with options that range from 15 minutes to an hour, this isn’t only available to those with long stop-overs. The spa is also available as a paid lounge for non-members. Phone charging facilities are dotted across the airport, including at departure gates – some charging stations even double up as exercise bikes, allowing you to generate the power your device needs yourself. Luggage stores are also available in both terminals operating around the clock.
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Brisbane Airport is only a 20 minute drive away from Brisbane’s Central Business District when you take the Airport Link Tunnel – a toll road that is usually traffic-free. Alternatively, take State Route 26 eastbound until Airport Drive. When returning your car hire to Brisbane Airport please plan ahead for traffic if taking the unpaid route mentioned above. For tips on driving in Australia, visit our Australia Driving Information page.
By Bus and Taxi
Brisbane Airport provides a door-to-door shuttle bus service to destinations all around Brisbane, including to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, called Con-X-ion. This can be arranged online or from the sales desk in each terminal. The meeting point for this service can be found at the Visitor Information desk in the International Terminal. The public 590 bus also runs from the Skygate Centre (near both Terminals) into the centre of Brisbane. For those who pack lightly, there are also pedestrian and cycle routes from the airport leading to the city.
Taxis operate from outside the airport both day and night. Expect to pay 40-45AUD plus a toll fee of 4AUD for a single trip to the city centre. Lift-sharing services are encouraged at the airport and can be located by following the signs to each terminal’s designated Ride Booking Area.
There are various parking options at the airport, with AIRPARK Everyday providing one of the most affordable services for long-term parking. A free shuttle runs every 15-25 minutes from the AIRPARK area, which takes roughly 5 minutes to both terminals. Some of the best deals can be found by checking online in advance.