Have 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.
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 www.airtrain.com.au.
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.
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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