Your guide to sleeping at Brisbane Airport #sleepinginairports #brisbaneairportHave you booked an early flight and are considering sleeping at Brisbane Airport?

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the only airport serving Brisbane, Queensland, and is the third busiest airport in Australia, after Sydney and Melbourne Airports. It is also an Airport I have used many times – but this was my first time sleeping at Brisbane Airport.

The airport is a major hub for Virgin Australia and a secondary hub for both Qantas and low-cost airline Jetstar. The Brisbane–Sydney air flight route is one of the busiest air route in the world and the seventh busiest in the Asia-Pacific area.

If you plan on travelling in Australia, there’s a good chance you will use this airport at some stage of your trip

There’s plenty of different options to get to and from the airport, including:


Brisbane Airport offers a free Airport Transfer Bus (once upon a time it was called TBus) that will transfer passengers between the Domestic & International Terminals and Skygate.

Skygate has a selection of stores including a supermarket, chemist, hairdresser, bakery, beauty salon, cafes, bars, restaurants and over 120 discount factory outlets.

Transfer times are as follows:

  • Skygate to International Terminal: 7mins
  • International Terminal to Domestic Terminal: 10mins
  • Domestic Terminal to International Termina: 10mins

For further afield, TransLink manages the public transport services in South East Queensland and provides many bus services to and from the airport.

If you need transportation around the city for a few days then is worthwhile to check out the SEEQ card as it provides unlimited three- or five-day travel across the TransLink network. Included are two journeys on the Airtrain to and from the Brisbane Airport.

It also includes other offers and discounts to use at attractions, theme parks, accommodation providers and restaurants.

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Airport Transfers

For drop-offs or pickups at a set place consider using the Con-x-ion airport transfer service. This service is usually cheaper than booking a taxi and will take you from the Airport to Brisbane City, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Con-x-ion service will drop you off at all well-known accommodation places, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD, including Kangaroo Point and the Brisbane Transit Centre.

They will also collect you from the above locations and drop you off at the airport. Travelling from the Gold Coast I found them to be the most convenient option.

For car hire in Australia, I always use Europcar.


Brisbane Airport Airtrain service offers transport to and from the Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast  The Airtrain departs every 15 minutes at peak times.

For the full Airtrain schedule and pricing details check their website
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Sleeping at Brisbane Airport

The good news is there’s plenty of seating available for sleeping at Brisbane Airport and providing you don’t mind a bit of airconditioning; it’s possible to save some cash on a hotel and get a half decent nights sleep.

Brisbane airport is safe, secure and offers enough space to find a quiet sleeping spot for the night. With all the facilities listed below, just bring a blanket or jacket, pillow and travel mat along and you’ve just created your very own mini Brisbane Airport hotel.

Brisbane Airport has:

ATMs Located on all levels of the International and Domestic Terminals.

Food/Drink – Food and drinks available throughout the airport. Even if the food outlets close, vending machines can be found at located at the following locations:

  • International Terminal: Level 1, 2,3 & 4.
  • Domestic Terminal: Level 1 & 2

Wi-fi –  Brisbane Airport provides free internet access.

Mobile Charge Stations – Mobile Charge Stations are currently available at Domestic and International Terminals at:

  • Opposite Cavu in the Common User Area, Level 2
  • Left-hand side of the common user (middle) satellite, Level 2
  • Level 3 – past security screening point (in front of JR/Watch co.)

Payphones – At both terminals at the following locations:

  • International Terminal: Levels 2, 3, 4
  • Domestic Terminal: Levels 1 & 2

Showers – At the International Terminal, showers are available at Level 2 arrivals, and Level 3 departures, and at the Domestic Terminal showers are available at Level 2 Central Area Terminal and Central Area Satellite.

The shower facilities are free to use.

Hot Water – Available on level 3 of the International Terminal.

Lockers – A limited amount of lockers are available at Skygate, which is located approximately six kilometres from the Domestic Terminal and about three kilometres from the International Terminal.

Lockers are located on the right-hand side of the Woolworth’s supermarket entrance. These lockers may also assist if you are shopping at the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO), which is located directly opposite Skygate.

Lockers are available from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 10 pm and Saturday, and Sunday between 7 am and 7 pm. It is not possible to reserve a locker.

Lockers are coin operated. For further information contact Smartecarte on 1800 808 251.

Hotels Nearby

Sleeping at Brisbane Airport isn’t for everyone and for those like a bed for the night the closest hotels are:

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  • David
    Posted June 29, 2017

    Thanks for the great tips.

  • Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)
    Posted July 31, 2016

    Once again, I look at foreign (for us) airports and think U.S. airports have SO much room for improvement. 😉 Although we have a few with decent spaces, free showers are unheard of. Heck, sometimes that would be nice even without sleeping at the airport!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted August 1, 2016

      Sounds like you have been roughing it guys 🙂 Showers are a welcome bonus but I always carry some baby wipes just in case…

  • Vyjay
    Posted July 31, 2016

    Nice tips these, we have found ourselves in airports many a time and struggled to find a comfortable place to get some shut eye. A comfortable seat or reclining bed is always a much needed welcome.

  • Helena
    Posted July 30, 2016

    I will have to remember this! I have slept in Sydney airport and it wasn’t great at all. Maybe I should try and get to Brisbane next time!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted August 1, 2016

      Agreed, some airports are better than others. I’ve slept at one or two that are lit up like a football stadium making it virtually impossible to get any sleep without a mask.

  • Marcelle
    Posted July 30, 2016

    Good to know that there are enough seats in the Airport of Brisbaine for a nap when waiting for a connecting flight. #FeetDoTravel

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      There’s plenty of quiet corners to take a nap Marcelle. I find packing a pair of noise cancelling earphones can do wonders too.

  • Anisa
    Posted July 30, 2016

    I never spent the night at an airport before but this one does sound like it has everything you would need (unlike in the US). Most airports here don’t have free wifi or showers unless you get access to the lounges.

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      Yeah, some airports are better than others with the facilities they provide. Brisbane airport is pretty good. If you’re going to spend a long time in the airport Wi-Fi helps pass the time, either that or some movies on your hard drive.

  • Travel Lexx
    Posted July 29, 2016

    Great post – I tend to use Gold Coast Airport more but very useful. I have lived in Brisbane for a few years and to this day find it weird that the Airtrain stops running to the city around 10pm. While I have used Con-X-ion buses all the time, they are not that well signposted and taxis cost around $50.

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      I know where you’re coming from Lexx. I used to live on the Gold Coast and it’s always easier taking flights from Coolangatta airport. The only problem is not many international carriers use GC airport (Air Asia to Malaysia/Jetstar to Japan) – so sometimes you have to go to Brisbane airport. The transport system is pricey but it mostly does the job.

  • FeetDoTravel
    Posted July 29, 2016

    I lived in Brisbane so didn’t have the need to stay overnight but you have provided so much information for when I do return and visit! I didn’t realise there was so much happening here, but I do love Brisbane so thank you for this!

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      Brisbane is a great city to live in. I’m sure most people plan ahead and book a half decent hotel, but I’m so used to hanging around airports now I can keep myself occupied for days 🙂

  • Garth
    Posted July 29, 2016

    Really comprehensive Barry! I would have done this years ago to save money when I was younger, but now I think I would have to splash out a few dollars on a room! 🙂

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      Totally understand Garth. I tend to do it more when I’m travelling solo than when travelling with my girlfriend. I’m sure she tends to side with you more…

  • Lisa
    Posted July 29, 2016

    Thanks for all the tips, will definitely come in handy!

  • David
    Posted July 29, 2016

    You’ve certainly covered all the bases Barry. Seem like an option for those who are really budget conscious.

    • Barry Sproston
      Posted July 30, 2016

      Thanks David. I started sleeping in Airports a few years back to cut back on travelling costs. Even though I can afford a hotel these days I guess the habit stuck with me!

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