Brisbane Airport | Nearby Hotels & What To Do During Short Layovers

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As the primary international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland with just over 30 airlines and 85 destinations, Brisbane Airport (airport code BNE) is the perfect hub to fly in or out when you’re visiting the Sunshine State, whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally! Whether you’re on a short layover at Brisbane Airport or embarking on an epic Brisbane holiday, here’s all you need to know about transport from Brisbane Airport, plus attractions and accommodations nearby.

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Conveniently located just 12 kilometers, or roughly a 20-minute drive, from the city center, Brisbane Airport offers cheap and easy transport options into the city.

  • Brisbane’s two taxi companies are available 24/7 outside both Domestic and International Terminals. Passengers can expect to pay $45-$55 one-way from Brisbane Airport into the city.
  • Likewise, rideshare services such as Uber are also available, as Brisbane Airport was one of the first airports in Australia to enable rideshare pick-up services.

  • For the same amount of time, the Airtrain is an easy and cheaper public transportation method that runs every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes during off-peak periods.

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Shopping & Restaurants at Brisbane Airport

With world-class shopping and dining at your fingertips in both the Domestic and International terminals, there’s no shortage of reasons to arrive early at the airport. Guiltless duty-free shopping awaits just beyond passport control, and if you’ve forgotten to pack anything in your luggage, you’ll find an abundance of fashion, beauty, and essentials stores to relieve your woes.

Things to Do During a Layover at Brisbane Airport

  • Shop, eat, drink and repeat at Skygate, less than 5 kilometers from the airport, offering 145 fashion and lifestyle brands alongside restaurants and a supermarket. Accessible via free onsite parking and Brisbane Airport’s free transfer bus between the terminals and Skygate, it’s a fun option to explore as you wait for your flight or seek out right after you arrive in Brisbane.
  • Travelers can get to Eat Street Northshore in less than 15 minutes form Brisbane Airport. This trendy riverside area is loaded with restaurants and boutiques. It’s a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and quick souvenir from Brisbane. Plus, it’s right next to Northshore Riverside Park where you can stretch your legs and take in the scenery.

  • Brisbane River cruises are an excellent way to get a quick view of Brisbane during a short layover. Cruises last about 45 minutes, and travelers can hop aboard a cruise at Portside Wharf, another great place to shop or eat while waiting for your next flight from Brisbane Airport. Portside Wharf is just one kilometer west of Eat Street Northshore.

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Lounges at Brisbane Airport

It’s better to be early than late, they say, so arrive at Brisbane Airport early and enjoy the perks of lounge access while you wait for your flight. Catering to all travelers at both the International and Domestic terminals, the airport’s airline and pay-per-use lounges are a great alternative to waiting at the gate.

  • At My Lounge, Brisbane Airport’s pay-per-use lounge, passengers departing from the International Terminal can help themselves to the kitchen counter, mix their own cocktail, or pour themselves a nice glass of wine. There’s also a barista on hand to create the perfect cup of coffee. With shower facilities and luxe toiletries, My Lounge is the perfect non-committal option to enjoying lounge access. It also partners with Virgin Australia and offers complimentary guaranteed access for all eligible Virgin Australia Business Class guests, and Platinum and Gold members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer Program, as well as Virgin Australia Lounge Members travelling to New Zealand.
  • Qantas Club lounge facilities can be found in both the Domestic and International terminals and include Valet parking options, Premium lounge entry, bag drop facilities and security screening. Stylish and indulgent, they feature a dedicated Business Class Lounge, Qantas Club Lounge and work spaces, and barista coffee stations.

  • The Emirates Lounge in the International Terminal near Gate 75 offers a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests to fill up on delicious cuisine, refresh with a shower, or catch up on some work with its many convenient workstations and outlets as they wait for their flights.

  • Singapore Airlines Lounge showcases the airline’s unique heritage and invites passengers into the lounge that is designed with the familiarity of home with unique spaces modeled after dining and living rooms. Productivity pods are available for guests to work in privacy and comfort, while a kitchen counter of delectable food and beverages completes the homely experience.

Additional luxury lounges that are not to be missed include the Plaza Premium Lounge, the Air New Zealand Lounge, and the Virgin Australia Lounges in both the Domestic and International terminals that make flying (and waiting) a pleasant experience.

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Brisbane Airport Hotels & Accommodations

Need the comforts of a lounge but the overnight accommodations of a hotel? Brisbane Airport is surrounded by several affordable hotels, many of which include airport shuttles and transportation to attractions nearby. These hotels make a short layover in Brisbane comfortable as well as unforgettable!

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