Practical tips

  • If you are flying to Brisbane from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportBrisbane Airport BNE — the primary airport serving the city of Brisbane and Queensland. It is located approximately 13km or a 30 minute drive from the city center.

    Brisbane Airport has two terminals: Domestic Terminal (often referred to as Terminal D or T2) and International Terminal (Terminal I or T1). The terminals are located are 4km apart with easy access between them by the complimentary Terminal Transfer Bus that runs every 15 minutes. Find out more with a step-by-step guide (PDF) showing how to transfer from your international to domestic flight.

    Brisbane Airport offers various facilities such as duty-free shops, range of specialty food and beverage outlets, lounges, luggage storage (International Terminal, ground floor, price from AU$14.00 for up to 24 hours), and free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal ("BNE Free WI-FI" network, an email address is required).

    Airtrain passenger rail service operates transportation between the airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast from the Domestic and International Terminals (trains depart every 15 minutes during peak times). TransLink operates regular bus services to various locations in the city, while taxis and ride-sharing services such as Uber are readily available within their designated pick-up areas. A number of car rental companies (including Avis, Europcar, and Hertz) have desks located in the airport terminal, offering a convenient option for those who prefer to drive themselves.

    These are also the best (and cheapest) airports to fly into Brisbane. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce, and airfare decreases as a result.
Best airports to fly into Brisbane: Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Brisbane has one international airport – Brisbane Airport BNE, located approximately 13km from the city center of Brisbane (the capital and most populous city of Queensland). The airport is easily accessible by car (via the Gateway Motorway and Airport Drive), or public transportation such as Airtrain and bus services. Brisbane also has a second airport - Archerfield Airport ACF located about 15 kilometers south of the Brisbane central business district. It is a smaller airport primarily used for private and charter flights, flight training and other aviation-related services.
  • Once in Brisbane, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex Airlines, and Bonza. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation) and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Brisbane can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Batik Air, Jetstar, VietJet Air, FlexFlight,, WestJet. If you have a layover in Brisbane and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money.

Flights to Brisbane
from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Brisbane. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Brisbane, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. Direct flights from North America to Brisbane BNE are 14-15 hours long and departing from either Los Angeles LAX, San Francisco SFO in the US or Vancouver YVR in Canada. When opting for a non-stop flight, American travelers can only choose from a limited range of flight operators: Air Canada, Qantas, United Airlines and Virgin Australia.
  • Brisbane is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Brisbane with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Brisbane from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, EVA Air, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Qantas. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Flights to Brisbane from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Brisbane — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. The best airports for a layover on your way from Europe to Brisbane are Dubai DXB, Doha DOH, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Singapore SIN, Hong Kong HKG and Denpasar DPS. You'll find numerous convenient non-stop flights from all these hubs to Brisbane.
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Brisbane include Air China, British Airways, Emirates, Finnair, Lufthansa, Malaysia AirlinesQatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Qantas, Thai Airways, and United Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Brisbane from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.

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Things to know before flying to Brisbane
Airlines flying to BrisbaneAirAsia, Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, AirNorth, Alaska Airlines, Alliance Airlines, Batik Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, FlexFlight, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Nauru Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Rex, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Solomon Airlines, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Virgin Australia, WestJet
Australian airlinesQantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia (international routes)
Rex Airlines, Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Bonza, Skippers Aviation, Maroomba Airlines, Eastern Air Services (domestic routes)
Airports in BrisbaneBrisbane Airport (BNE)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ € 900 — € 1,200 (from Europe)
✈ $ 1,100 — $ 1,600 (from USA)

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The cheapest time to fly to Brisbane

The cheapest time to fly to Brisbane is during the winter months of June to August. This is the low season in Brisbane with fewer tourist crowds, as the colder temperatures keep most travelers away. Due to decreased demand for flights, airlines offer significant discounts and promotions on airfares. Flying to Brisbane between June and August can save you at least 20% compared to the high season.

To get decent weather conditions and still avoid crowds of tourists and high airfares, book your flight for the shoulder seasons: September and November (spring) and between February and April (autumn). It is just before people start traveling for their holidays.

Remember that since Brisbane is located in the Southern Hemisphere – seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Prearrange your Australian tourist visa

Most travelers flying to Brisbane from overseas are required to obtain an Australian visa. It needs to be arranged in advance unless you are a citizen of New Zealand (who can obtain a visa on arrival).

The type of tourist visa to apply for would depend on your passport and the length of your intended stay:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Available to citizens of certain countries. Allows multiple visits to Australia, each visit can last up to 3 months within a 1-year period. There is an application service charge of A$20.
  • eVisitor. Free visa available for passport holders from most European countries. Allows multiple visits to Australia, each visit can last up to 3 months within a 1-year period.
  • Visitor Visa. Open to all nationalities. When applying you may be granted a stay of 3, 6 or 12 months. Cost: A$150.
  • Transit Visa. Free visa that will let you transit through Australia for up to 72 hours.

You can apply online, or on paper, by visiting an Australian embassy. Even if most applications are resolved in a few weeks, it is recommended to submit your application at least 2 months before your flight to Brisbane.

The 80-hour rule for Qantas seat selection

Did you know that Qantas reserves certain desirable seats for their elite frequent flyers? These “good” seats are usually at the front of the plane and you may not see them as available during the booking process (they are usually greyed out).

The good news, there is a simple solution to gain access to those seats as the restrictions are lifted precisely 80 hours before the departure. So, if you want to snap up the best seat on your flight to Brisbane, log in to Qantas Manage Booking 80 hours before departure, check for previously unavailable seats, and change your seat selection.

Virgin Australia has an unofficial rule similar to Qantas – where any seats previously reserved for frequent flyers are released to all passengers 48 hours before departure (when online check-in opens).

Extra checked bag for an infant

Flying to Brisbane with children? Virgin Australia aims to become the first choice for family travelers. It has the most generous policy regarding infant luggage allowances – a 23kg checked bag, and 3 infant items are allowed, free of charge.

This policy applies to the airline’s domestic and international short-haul and long-haul flights.

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Use regional airports to visit Central Australia

There are no major airports that service Australia’s epic heartland. So, if you wish to visit, you’ll have to take a domestic flight to a regional airport.

Alice Springs Airport ASP is the best choice for the never-ending desert landscapes of Red Centre, Ayers Rock Airport AYG is the gateway for Uluru, and Mount Isa Airport ISA is serving western Queensland.

Avoid Australia’s public holidays

Prices skyrocket during holidays in Australia – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. Airlines start to raise their flight prices to Brisbane for the Australian summer – December to February – when travelers from across the country and around the world flock to the city for the end-of-year holidays.

Hotel and apartment rates also soar during the Australian school vacations: April (Easter school holidays), July (Winter school holidays), September/October and December (Summer school holidays).

If you plan to visit Brisbane during these popular holidays, book your flight at least 2-3 months before departure to avoid high fares.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Qantas, Virgin, and Jetstar).

When it comes to Twitter there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@Qantasairways”). The social media team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Qantas Explorer Pass: discounted domestic fares in Australia

Are you planning to visit more destinations after arriving in Brisbane? The Qantas Explorer Pass can be an excellent way to save some money. With this pass, you can book multiple domestic flights in Australia or New Zealand at discounted rates – great for hopping between some of the region’s most iconic cities, beaches, and landscapes.

The Qantas Explorer Pass allows travelers to create their personalized itinerary with multiple stopovers, choosing from over 30 destinations, including major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. However, the pass is only available for domestic flights within Australia or New Zealand – you can’t use it to fly internationally between the two countries.

To access the Qantas Explorer Pass, you must be traveling from overseas to Australia or New Zealand with Qantas. Use the airline website to book your international flight to Brisbane, and choose the multi-city option to get access to Explorer Pas cheaper fares.

Qantas Customer Support via SMS

Qantas recently introduced a convenient SMS service as a part of its customer support. SMS-es appear to be replied to much quicker than calls, live chat messages, e-mails, or even social media DMs.

To text Qantas via SMS, use 0477 QANTAS or 0477 726 827. The SMS service is available to customers within Australia only.

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Domestic flights from Brisbane

Most domestic routes in Australia are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, and Canberra from Brisbane Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Rex Airlines, and Bonza.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Australian destinations.

Flights to Brisbane
from major hubs in Asia

  • Many popular tourist destinations in Asia have convenient direct flights to/from Brisbane: Bali DPS, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Manila MNL, Singapore SIN, Hong Kong HKG, Taipei TPE, and Tokyo HND.

    The Pacific Islands, a beloved holiday destination for many Australians, also have an excellent connectivity to Brisbane. There are readily available direct flights to and from Nadi NAN in Fiji, Port Moresby POM in Papua New Guinea, Apia APW in Samoa, Port Villa VLI in Vanuatu, Naumea NOU in New Caledonia, Nauru INU , and Honiara HIR in Solomon Islands.
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Brisbane look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Brisbane will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Australia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

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