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Brisbane Airport South East Queensland

Reasons To Use Brisbane Airport For Gold Coast Holiday

Why Choose Brisbane Airport?

Reasons to pick the airport in Brisbane

  • Fly direct from many international cities
  • Connections to Europe, Middle East, Asia or USA
  • Business and First Class options available on some flights
  • Frequent domestic flights to all major Australian cities
  • Frequent New Zealand flights
  • Discount airfares
  • Wheelchair access to aircraft via ramps and air-bridges
  • AirTrain access to CBD and parts of Gold Coast

The airport at Brisbane is a gateway for domestic and international passengers to the Gold Coast and south east Queensland.  It is Australia’s second busiest airport for international visitors behind Sydney.

Please check to see if you will need an Australian Visa to travel to Australia if you are visiting from overseas.

An alternative is Gold Coast Airport.

Location of Brisbane Airport and Travel Times

  • 20 minutes east of Brisbane CBD
  • Airport code is BNE
  • Time to Surfers Paradise approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Time to Brisbane CBD approximately 20 to 30 minutes
  • Time to Byron Bay approximately 2½ to 3 hours
  • Time to Sunshine Coast approximately 1 to 1½ hours

Travelers Tips

Check your Terminal

Brisbane has separate Domestic and International terminals.  Make sure you know which one you are arriving or departing from so you can let organise your hire car or airport pick up service for the right place.

Wheelchair Access

Brisbane International is a full international airport with all the facilities you would expect including wheelchair access to aircraft via ramps and air-bridges.

First and Business Class Travel

Some of the international airlines offer first class, business and economy options on flights into Brisbane.  Each airline has it's own standards for these classes of travel and some airlines use older versions of their aircraft to fly the Brisbane services.

I highly recommend ASK and don't assume - so you are prepared for your flight especially on a long haul flight.  It's a long time to be miserable and not a great start to your holiday.

Charter Flights

If you don’t want to use public transport at all, Brisbane Airport also has facilities for charter flights and private jets – subject to customs, quarantine and immigration rules and airport regulations.

Helicopter transfers direct to the Gold Coast are also available. If you stay at a resort with a helipad this can be a very fast and efficient way to transfer directly to your Gold Coast accommodation.

Airport Facilities

  • Domestic and International Terminals
  • Transfers between terminals at a cost - either taxi or AirTrain
  • Short Parking including disabled parking at Domestic Terminal
  • Long Term Parking - several off airport options with transfers included in parking price
  • Luggage trolleys
  • Toilets including unisex baby changing facilities and disabled toilets including braile signage.
  • Shopping - newsagent, chemist and clothing
  • Cafés, bars and food outlets for a quick snack
  • Internet kiosk facilities
  • ATMs
  • Public Telephones in the airport accept Australian Coins and credit cards and Tritel Smartphone Cards.
  • International terminal offers travelers:
  • Currency Exchanges
  • Extensive Duty Free shopping
  • Tourist Refund Scheme desk for GST refunds in International departures area
  • Airline airport lounges include Qantas Club, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Air, Singapore Airlines and Emirates.  Check for reciprocal rights with partner airlines.
  • Multi-denomination prayer room

Domestic Carriers For Brisbane

Domestic airlines flying into and out of Brisbane. Direct flights available to all Australia capital cities plus many regional airports.

  • QANTAS - full service carrier
  • JetStar - QANTAS subsidiary - low cost carrier
  • Virgin Australia (formerly known as Virgin Blue) - low cost carrier

International Carriers for Brisbane

Direct flights to most pacific destinations.  European and Middle Eastern flights connect through other Asian hubs such as Tokyo, Kuala Lumpar, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.  USA flights via New Zealand, Tahiti, Hong Kong and Japan.

Air Nauru
Air New Zealand
Air Niugini
Air Pacific
Air Vanuatu
Alliance Airlines
American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
China Airlines
EVA Airways
Freedom Air
Garuda Indonesia


Japan Airlines
Korean Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Pacific Blue
Qantas Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Solomon Airlines
Sunshine Express
Thai Airways International
Virgin Blue


Need information on transfers from Brisbane Airport to your Gold Coast accommodation?
Airport transfer information

Want to compare Brisbane's airport with the Gold Coast Airport?
Gold Coast Airport Information


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