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Brisbane Airport Night Arrivals Information


My flight arrives at midnight into Brisbane Airport. Should I...

  • Stay at an airport hotel
  • Hire a car and drive down to the Gold Coast
  • Or are there other options

These are common questions about flying ito Brisbane late at night.

There are pros and cons for each option which I will explore below.

What To Do Brisbane Airport Night Arrivals

If your flight arrives in late to Brisbane and you have to travel to the Gold Coast you have two main options. Stay overnight in a hotel near the airport or make your way to the Gold Coast straightaway.

My personal preference is to get to my destination as quickly as possible and most Gold Coast accommodation is between 1 hour and 1 hour 40 minutes from Brisbane Airport.

My reasoning is that until I get to my ultimate destination, I don't really feel like I am on holiday! By going straight to my final accommodation I only have to:

  • check in and out of accommodation once
  • unpack and repack once

This way I am at my holiday destination ready to start really holidaying when I get up in the morning. Granted it might be a little later start, but I'd rather get to my end destination and get settled in.

How To Get To The Gold Coast Late After Brisbane Airport Night Arrivals?

If you have a late night arrival at Brisbane Airport hiring a car could be a bit tricky.

You need to check with your car rental company if they have special instructions for picking up your car out of office hours.

One of the best options for late night arrivals is to get one of the transport companies.

They will pick you up and deliver you door to door to your accommodation on the Gold Coast.

The Airtrain service which normally runs between the airport and Brisbane City and then on to the Gold Coast doesn't run 24 hours a day, so if you arrive after about 6.30pm you need to organise another option to get from the airport.

Another tip regardless of whether you stay near the airport or travel to the Gold Coast is to let your accommodation know you are going to be arriving late. By letting them know what time to expect you, they can arrange for you to get into your accommodation.

If you are staying in a larger hotel that is not likely to be a problem, but many of the apartment buildings don't run 24 hour receptions.

Staying At Brisbane Airport

You can check out the hotels close to Brisbane Airport.

In December 2009 Novotel Brisbane Airport opens which will make it so much easier as currently the closest accommodation is between 5 and 10kms from the terminals.

Wherever you stay you will have to catch a taxi or get a transfer from the airport to the accommodation.

By the time you have done this, you might just as well invest a bit more time and get to your final Gold Coast destination straightaway!

You can see my preference!


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