Australia’s third-busiest airport has been rated the country’s best for quality of service multiple times over the years, and is one of the world’s top-ranked airports for on-time aircraft departures and arrivals. A big overhaul in 2015 gave it a fresh, Queensland-inspired look with native timbers, local artworks and abundant natural light.
Northeast of the city centre at the mouth of the Brisbane River on Moreton Bay, and just across the river from the city’s shipping port.
Two terminals: international (T1) and domestic (T2). A complimentary transfer bus connects them every 10 minutes during peak times, or 25 minutes otherwise.
Air Niugini’s gold Executive Club members have access to the Qantas Club international lounge, which has a barista and bar counter, buffet food, work stations, relaxation areas and showers.
DISTANCE TO CBD
TAXIS & HIRE CARS
Taxi stands are located outside arrivals at both terminals. Fares are metered. The city centre is 30 minutes away and costs $AUD45–55. Both terminals have Avis, Budget, Europcar and other car-rental outlets.
The train station (airtrain.com.au) is opposite the domestic terminal; follow signs from level three of the international terminal. Trains runs every 30 minutes, or 15 minutes at peak times. A shuttle (con-x-ion.com) and public buses (translink.com.au) also operate.
There are fashion and cosmetic outlets, and stores for sunglasses, watches and duty-free goods. Aboriginal handicrafts – such as boomerangs, jewellery and prints – are available as souvenirs. You can also buy items made from possum fur to Australian merino wool.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The international terminal has sushi, burgers, informal cafestyle food, Mexican and Vietnamese street food such as the soup-noodle dish pho. Brisbane River Grill features Queenslandsourced steak sand seafood.
The international terminal and central area of the domestic terminal have free Wi-Fi. Select ‘BNE Free Wi-Fi’ from your connection options and register your details to obtain access.
WHAT ELSE? You’ll also find parents' rooms, a post office, prayer room and free showers (bring your own towels and toiletries). If you have the transit time, free shuttles run to nearby Skygate shopping centre, which has 145 outlets.
Kingsford Smith Memorial, dedicated to early Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, preserves his aeroplane Southern Cross and outlines his exploits, including the first NZ– Australia and US–Australia flights. It’s a fiveminute walk from the international terminal.
Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel (pullmanba.com. au) is a walk from the domestic terminal and features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool and fitness centre.
The budget Ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel (ibisba. com.au) offers a bistro with outdoor terrace and a rooftop private-function venue. A short transfer-bus ride from the terminals is Novotel Brisbane Airport (novotelbrisbaneairport.com. au), part of Skygate shopping precinct. It has a restaurant, bar and rooftop lap pool.
“The staff at this airport are always friendly and smiling.” “Brisbane International is OK for departures, the car drop-off is quick, and so is check-in.” “Overall the airport is very modern, clean and safe.”
Brisbane Airport ... Air Niugini flies from Port Moresby to the Queensland capital 14 times weekly.