The quickest way to get into Brisbane city from the Domestic and International Airport is normally by the AirTrain.  These trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes in off-peak with a reassuring on-time-running statistic of 99.04%.

One-way tickets on AirTrain cost AUD$18 to city destinations and AUD$37 to the Gold Coast.  However, there are ways to save up to 26% on your fares connecting the airport to the city.

Booking online is the best and cheapest way to buy your AirTrain ticket with discounts for online purchases and for advanced purchases.

However, if there is more than one of you travelling then make sure to bundle your fares together to receive the best discount on train fares.  AirTrain offers increased discounts for online purchases for group travel.


City Duo Saver Tickets

For two (2) people travelling together between the airport and the city the City Duo Saver offers you a 22% saving off the full-price.  One-way City Duo Saver tickets are AUD$28 for two people travelling together.


Group Travel Discounts

If there are three (3) people travelling together between the airport and city then the online price drops even further.  The online Group Saver ticket fare is AUD$40 for three (3) people travelling together.

The Group Travel discount for three (3) people offers you a 26% saving off the normal AirTrain fare in each direction.  This may seem the best way to travel BUT an UberX may make more sense for price, convenience, and earning Qantas Frequent Flyer points.



Uber runs four services in the Brisbane region including UberX, UberAssist, UberXL, and UberSELECT.  UberX, the cheapest on-demand private driver service, may make financial sense for three (3) or more travellers connecting to the Brisbane city area.

The cost for an UberX from Brisbane Domestic to Brisbane City is around the same price as the Group Travel Discount for three travellers on AirTrain (estimated at AUD$35-44).

However, if you have to further connect from your city train station to your final destination it may be even more convenient to consider UberX from the Brisbane Airport precinct.

You will need the app on your smartphone or android before using Uber.  You can sign up to Uber through our link here.

Also, Uber now allows you to earn up to 3 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for every $1 spent on Uber rides dependent upon your frequent flyer status.

If you link a credit card to your Uber account that also provides you with travel bonus points you can really ramp your earning by taking advantage of ‘bonuses, discounts, and multipliers’, which is the 3rd C in the Law of 3Cs of The Flight Doc.

Importantly, you need to have linked your Uber account to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and order the Uber through the Qantas Airways app (for iOS or Android) to earn the bonus frequent flyer points.

So should I use AirTrain or Uber for travel to Brisbane Airport?

In short, for up to two people travelling between the airport and the city in Brisbane the AirTrain is the quickest and efficient way to commute.

There is another way, which is definitely the cheapest requiring three buses and two transfers using the free SKYGATE Shuttle bus to DFO, 590 to Toombul, and then another connecting bus (302, 310, or 322 to City) costing under AUD$5 but this takes up to a whopping hour and with luggage would be a little unpleasant.

However, for three or more travellers UberX is likely to offer the most financial sense if the cost is shared and provides you with an opportunity to earn bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points through Uber and your credit card.


As always, using tips, tricks, and secrets taught by The Flight Doc you will be able to quickly and easily find and take advantage of the best travel and points/miles earning and redemption opportunities.

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