Brisbane Airport parking
The best option for short-stay parking at Brisbane Airport is the 'ParkShort' scheme. Just a short walk from the International Terminal via an undercover walkway, ParkShort provides fast and easy parking with bay-finding technology. Height restrictions apply in this car park, and vehicles over 7.5 feet (2.3 metres) in height can enter via Airport Drive. The ParkShort facility for the Domestic Terminal is located on levels 2-4 of the multi-level car park.
At Brisbane Airport, the official option for long-stay parking (over four hours) is the 'ParkLong' facility. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, this parking service comes with valet and carwash facilities, as well as access to an open-air, over-height vehicle car park.
ParkLong is located just a short walk away from both the International and Domestic Terminals and is easily accessible via the covered SkyWalk. ParkLong for passengers using the Domestic Terminal is situated on levels 5-9 of the multi-level car park and all levels in the long-term car park.
ParkPremium' on level 3 of the multi-level car park is the closest parking facility to the Domestic Terminal and is only available to passengers taking domestic flights. With bays located right next to the covered SkyWalk, this service offers undercover parking with express entry and exit vehicle ramps. Height restrictions apply in this car park and disability parking is readily available.
ParkValet' at Brisbane Airport is a convenient parking service that allows you to pre-book online, drive straight up to the valet and hand over your keys. This will save you the hassle of searching for a parking space and you can rest assured that your car will be safe and secure, as the facility offers 24-hour surveillance. Car wash facilities are also available through ParkValet.
Travellers catching domestic flights can also access this service and should use the dedicated express ramp to level 3 of the multi-level car park to access it. For an extra touch of luxury, you can also try the concierge facility on offer with ParkValet and allow them to take care of unloading your heavy luggage.
Allowing you to park your vehicle and hop straight on the free shuttle bus to your terminal, 'AirPark' at Brisbane Airport is open 24/7 and provides the cheapest long-stay parking the airport has to offer.
International and Domestic Terminal bus timetables are available online, so you can enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned journey to the airport via the right shuttle bus for you.
Guide to Brisbane Airport
- +61 7 3406 3000
- QLD 4008
- Domestic Terminal, International Terminal
- Car, bus, Airtrain, taxi, rental, cycle, shuttle
- Free access
Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the main international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland. The third-busiest airport in Australia by aircraft movements, BNE services 26 airlines flying to 42 domestic and 28 international destinations in total, with over 22 million passengers travelling through the airport per year. In 2016, an OAG report named Brisbane Airport as the fifth-best performing large-sized airport in the world for on-time performance.
Location of Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport is located approximately nine miles (14 kilometres) north east of the central business district in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Airport Drive and Moreton Drive link the airport with the Gateway Motorway.
Many transport links connect Brisbane Airport to the city and the central business district, including multiple bus services, such as the 369 and 590, as well as the Airtrain and convenient shuttle bus services. Taxis are also available from just outside the airport’s domestic and international terminals.
History of Brisbane Airport
Brisbane’s first airport, built in 1925 on former agricultural land in the suburb of Eagle Farm, became inadequate for the size of the city and anticipated growth by the 1970s.
The Federal Government announced the construction of Brisbane Airport, which was to be built immediately north east of Eagle Farm Airport. It was constructed by Leighton Holdings and opened in 1988 with a new domestic terminal and two runways.
In 1995, the current international terminal opened and has since been expanded further. In 1997, as part of the privatisation of numerous Australian airports, the airport was acquired for $1.4 billion from the Federal Airports Corporation by Brisbane Airport Corporation, under a 50-year lease.
Brisbane Airport has many useful and convenient facilities in place to help make your journey a smooth one. The broad selection of shops and eateries on offer at BNE is sure to keep you fed, watered and occupied, while ATM machines, vending machines, charging stations, showers and smoking areas help towards a stress-free travel experience.
Facilities at BNE include:
- ATM machines
- Free WiFi
- Vending machines
- Mobile charging stations
- Parent rooms
- Prayer rooms
- Smokers balcony
- Hot water station
- First aid facilities
- Currency exchange
- Visitor information centre
- Car rental facilities
- Short-stay parking
- Long-stay parking
- Drop-off zone
- Valet parking
- Disabled access
- Baby-changing facilities
- Duty free
- Convenience stores
- Fast food
- Sandwich bar
- Oriental restaurant
- Family dining
Brisbane Airport hotel and parking
Though Brisbane Airport has no on-site hotel or accommodation facilities, there are plenty of hotels in the nearby city centre, many of which offer park and ride facilities that allow you to leave your vehicle while you travel.
Hacienda Airport Motel, set in one acre (0.4 hectares) of landscaped gardens and close to the major transport links and entertainment centres of Brisbane, is one of the best retro-style hotels close to the airport. Equipped with an outdoor pool, stylish rooms and a restaurant, the Hacienda is located just 5.2 miles (8.4 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport. The hotel also offers free parking, including for overnight guests, as well as free car storage available for up to four weeks at no extra cost when you stay overnight. There is also a shuttle bus to and from Brisbane Airport with Con-x-ion Airport Transfers.
The Novotel Brisbane Airport is also a great accommodation option for travellers, providing both standard and premium guest rooms, as well as restaurants and bars for wining and dining before your trip. The hotel is adjacent to the Gateway Arterial road and only minutes from the Domestic and International Terminals of Brisbane Airport. There is also a Brisbane Airport Shuttle service provided along with both short- and long-term secure airport parking.
Top things to do in Brisbane Airport
Relax with a massage
At Brisbane Airport, you can enjoy a deep tissue massage while you await your flight. Located at multiple destinations around the International and Domestic terminals as well as in the Skygate, massage chairs are the perfect way to kick back for a while. They provide four minutes of deep tissue Shiatsu massage therapy, which includes kneading, tapping and rolling across the back and shoulders. It can also be varied in strength via the digital control panel to suit your preference.
Shop ‘til you drop at Skygate
Skygate is located just 10 minutes from the Terminals at Brisbane Airport and is littered with bars, cafés, restaurants and the best in fashion outlet shopping. At the heart of Skygate, there is also a Discovery Centre that allows passengers to learn more about how Brisbane Airport operates. You can catch the free bus to Skygate from either terminal.
Unwind or get to work in the departure lounge
The departures lounge at Brisbane Airport has won awards for quality and comfort and, if you've got time to spare before your flight, you are well-advised to just relax on the plush sofas and watch some local television. However, with free WiFi and writing desks provided by the airport, you could just as easily catch up on a bit of work or even call a quick business meeting right there in departures.
Have a food court picnic
Brisbane Airport’s Service Centre is home to a food court that offers a wide variety of takeaway and dine-in options. If your travelling group can't decide on one place to eat, you could all grab what you fancy from the various snack outlets and fast food joints and meet in the seating area for your very own food court picnic. With flight information display screens providing up-to-date arrival and departure information, you can keep an eye on the time and also feed your social media habit with the food court's free WiFi.
Take home a boomerang, mate
The perfect place to pick up some quintessentially Australian treats, Brisbane Airport has many Aussie-themed outlets selling local produce and souvenirs. Take home a taste of Australia with a variety of local meats, beverages, nuts and honey or grab yourself some authentic, handcrafted indigenous products including soft Australian plush and locally-made boomerangs.
Top things to do near Brisbane Airport
Hit the streets
Eat Street Markets is Brisbane’s hottest hangout spot on the riverbank at Hamilton. Set in a collection of shipping containers, this vibrant hub of dining, creativity, entertainment and music is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and is located just 3.9 miles (6.2 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport.
While you're there, you can enjoy a wide variety of international cuisines and tasty desserts in a spectacular and unique venue, all to the sound of local musicians or touring bands.
Sat nav instructions: Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland 4007.
Try your hand at Circus Arts
Circus Arts is an activity centre with a focus on fun and fitness. If you're looking for something completely out of the ordinary to do during your layover at BNE, you could book yourself a flying trapeze class or take a look at the private sessions and team-building activities offered by Circus Arts.
Located among the rolling greens of Golf Central Brisbane just 2.4 miles (3.8 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport, Circus Arts offers circus classes and energetic activities such as climbing for all the family.
Sat nav instructions: 40 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane, Queensland 4008.
Taste the local nectar
The All Inn Brewing Co., located just 3.1 miles (4.9 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport, is one of the city’s most fashionable and eco-friendly bars with a 16-hectolitre (352-gallon) brewery and tap on-site. Catch live music here and indulge in the range of treats provided by the local food trucks. This is the perfect place for beer-lovers and session ale-sippers.
Sat nav instructions: 189 Elliott Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4014.
Dive into the deep blue
Founded in 2011 by dive instructor, Martin Green, and Divemaster Bec Jenner, Pure Dive is a facility that aims to bring divers a wide range of experiences, as well as expert training in a safe and comfortable environment.
Located just 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport, Pure Dive offers diving courses ranging from open water to professional and technical diving, with the overall aim of producing safe and confident divers.
Sat nav instructions: Unit 38, 34 Doherty Circuit Nudgee, Brisbane, Queensland.
Learn about Brisbane’s history
Fort Lytton National Park was built in 1990 as Queensland’s first historic national park and is now home to attractions such as Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct, which provides guided tours of the fort, as well as a museum and regular historic re-enactments.
It is 2.4 miles (3.8 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport and is a great place for visitors to walk around while learning about the area’s recent history.
Sat nav instructions: Lytton Road, Lytton, Brisbane, Queensland 4178.
Look into your future
For all your psychic reading and spiritual healing needs, head over to Twin Featherz, Brisbane’s kookiest home to the otherworldly.
Located just 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport, psychic Donna Marie will tell you the life you are yet to live and maybe even fill you in on the details about your upcoming holiday…
Sat nav instructions: 11 Surf Pde Wynnum, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218.
Give golfing a go
Golf Central is just about as close to Brisbane Airport as you can get, located within the Skygate precinct of the airport itself. This 50-bay, fully floodlit driving range includes a combination of undercover bays and green grass tee boxes. Practise your long game or take lessons from a professional at Golf Central just 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometres) from Brisbane Airport. You might even get a hole-in-one.
Sat nav instructions: The Circuit Skygate, Brisbane, Queensland 4008.
Head for the clouds before you fly
The Air Combat Centre offers the best flight simulator technology available in Brisbane. Their Jet Airliner Flight Simulator is as close to the experience of a real commercial aircraft that you will get without a pilot’s licence. Experience flying a big jetliner at the Air Combat Centre with guidance from professional instructors just 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometres) from the airport.
Sat nav instructions: U 4 441 Nudgee Road, Hendra, Brisbane, Queensland 4011.
Brisbane Airport has two functioning terminals: the domestic terminal and international terminal. Together, they accommodate over 22 million passengers a year and are hubs for Virgin Australia, as well as Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar. Tigerair Australia also opened a base at Brisbane Airport in March 2014.
|Air Canada||International Terminal|
|Air New Zealand||International Terminal|
|Air Niugini||International Terminal|
|Air Vanuatu||International Terminal|
|Cathay Pacific||International Terminal|
|China Airlines||International Terminal|
|China Eastern Airlines||International Terminal|
|China Southern Airlines||International Terminal|
|Etihad Airways||International Terminal|
|EVA Air||International Terminal|
|Fiji Airways||International Terminal|
|Hawaiian Airlines||International Terminal|
|Jetstar Airways||International Terminal|
|Korean Air||International Terminal|
|Malindo Air||International Terminal|
|Nauru Airlines||International Terminal|
|Philippine Airlines||International Terminal|
|Singapore Airlines||International Terminal|
|Solomon Airlines||International Terminal|
|Thai Airways||International Terminal|
|Virgin Samoa||International Terminal|
|Alliance Airlines||Domestic Terminal|
|China Airlines||Domestic Terminal|
|Fly Corporate||Domestic Terminal|
|Jetstar Airways||Domestic Terminal|
|Norfolk Island Airlines (operated by Nauru Airlines)||Domestic Terminal|
|Qantas (operated by Jetconnect)||Domestic Terminal|
|QantasLink (operated by Sunstate Airlines)||Domestic Terminal|
|QantasLink (operated by Cobham)||Domestic Terminal|
|Regional Express Airlines||Domestic Terminal|
|Skytrans Airlines||Domestic Terminal|
|Tigerair Australia||Domestic Terminal|
|Virgin Australia||Domestic Terminal|
|Virgin Australia (operated by Alliance Airlines)||Domestic Terminal|
How to get to Brisbane Airport
If you are travelling by car from the north, you can take the M1 or M3 southbound and follow signs for the airport as you pass nearby towns such as Nudgee.
If you are travelling from the south, the M1 northbound is the key motorway providing access to the airport and is clearly marked with signposts for Brisbane Airport. You can also take the A7 and continue onto the M3 to reach the airport from this direction. Passengers driving from the west are advised to take the M5 and continue onto the M3, which will take you right up to Brisbane Airport.
Bus and shuttle services run regularly from Brisbane Airport to nearby areas and the Brisbane central business district. Con-X-ion Transfer shuttle buses meet every flight arriving into Brisbane Airport seven days a week, offering one-way or return ‘door-to-door’ coach services between the airport and Brisbane city, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Passengers can book transfers at the Con-X-ion customer service counter on level 2 of the International Terminal and at the Con-X-ion kerbside booth at the Domestic Terminal.
TransLink also coordinates and integrates public transport services in South East Queensland and provides many bus services to the airport precinct. Airport precinct services include the 369 to Toombul interchange and the 590 to Boronia Road and Skygate.
It is worth remembering that seeQ cards provide unlimited three- or five-day travel for adults and children across the TransLink network, including two journeys on Airtrain services to and from the Brisbane Domestic and International Airport terminals.
The Airtrain at Brisbane Airport offers convenient services between BNE, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast, as well as transfers between the domestic and international terminals.
The Airtrain departs every 15 minutes during peak hours and runs between 5.04am and 10.04pm on weekdays and between 6.04am and 10.04pm on weekends. Kids aged 5-14 can travel free between the Airport and City stations when accompanied by a paying adult.
Taxi ranks are conveniently located at both the international and domestic terminals of Brisbane Airport. At the domestic terminal, the taxi rank is located centrally in front of the terminal building and, at the international terminal, taxis can be found at the northern end of arrivals on level 2.
Both black and white cab and yellow cab taxi companies operate at the airport. A Brisbane Airport access fee applies to all pick-ups originating from the airport taxi rank. The passenger pays the access fee to the taxi driver and, as with all charges, may only be applied after the passenger has entered the taxi and the metre has started.
There is a designated inbound and outbound cycle route for Brisbane Airport. Directional signage is in place for cyclists, along with some advising motorists about the presence of cyclists in the area. Designated cycle routes to and from Brisbane Airport can be seen here.
Ensure you are comfortable
Customers have often complained that the seating in many areas of Brisbane Airport is uncomfortable, particularly since the airport has been modernised. It is advisable, therefore, that passengers aim to find a seat in the comfier departure lounge or carry a travel pillow that can double-up as a cushion.
Bring along some warm clothing
If you are travelling through Brisbane Airport, particularly in the winter months, it is crucial that you carry some warm clothing and a pair of gloves. BNE is notorious for being as cold inside as it is outside during winter, so do remember to dress for the weather and be prepared for low temperatures due to air-conditioning systems.
Get your currency before you fly
While it’s convenient to acquire your currency at the airport right before you fly, Brisbane Airport is known for having extremely high foreign exchange rates. To save yourself some money, get it changed at a post office prior to your trip rather than at the airport itself.
Purchase an Express Card
During the peak seasons and at peak times, Brisbane Airport can become overcrowded with queues snaking through its buildings. Buying an Express Card before you travel will help you check in quickly and, where possible, skip long queues that can result in missed connecting flights.
Make use of the parent rooms
Parent rooms at Brisbane Airport are safe and comfortable havens for passengers in need of a quiet environment in which to nurse, feed or simply be with their children. This airport can become busy and overcrowded and customers have often complained about a lack of comfortable seating, so the parent rooms are a must for those travelling with babies and toddlers.
Brisbane Airport FAQs
What is Brisbane Airport’s address?
11 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport, QLD 4008, Australia.
What can I buy from duty free at Brisbane Airport?
JR/Duty Free offers shopping free of duty and tax and stocks a range of Australian and worldwide brands. Here you can purchase fashion and beauty accessories, jewellery, liquor and tobacco.
Can I get WiFi at Brisbane Airport?
Free access to WiFi is provided for all passengers using Brisbane Airport.
Can I rent a car at Brisbane Airport?
Many rental car companies operate at Brisbane Airport, including Avis, Europcar and Hertz. The car rental customer service desks are located on level 2 and you can book vehicle hire in advance before you travel.
Is there a map of Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal?
A map of Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal can be viewed online here.
Does Brisbane Airport have a post office?
Brisbane Airport does not have an on-site post office. The closest post office to the airport is Australia Post, 15.4 miles (24 kilometres) away. The address is Mount Gravatt, East QLD, Australia.
Does Brisbane Airport have a pharmacy?
The Airport Pharmacy at Brisbane Airport is a PBS-approved pharmacy and can assist in dispensing prescriptions and medications. It also offers over-the-counter medicines, cosmetics, skin-care products and fragrances. It is located on level 2 of the Domestic Terminal, opposite Gate 24.