Half-price train tickets to Brisbane Airport

Published Saturday, 01 June, 2024 at 10:21 AM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services
The Honourable Bart Mellish

  • The Miles Government will cut Airtrain ticket prices in half, with the addition of Airport rail services to be included in the massive cost of living relief initiatives on offer across the network.
  • Half-price tickets on Airtrain services will be available from 5 August 2024 for 6 months offering more savings to Queenslanders.
  • Significantly reducing the cost of catching the train will encourage more people to leave the car at home busting road congestion and providing a cheap, fast and reliable alternative to Queenslanders.

The Miles Government is leading the nation by delivering another massive cost of living relief initiative to Queensland commuters, and busting congestion.

Savings are set to soar, with half-price Airtrain tickets now part of the Queensland Government’s cost busting 6-month initiative across the public transport network.

The Miles Government has negotiated a deal with Airtrain, further bolstering cost of living savings for commuters.

From 5 August 2024, half-price train tickets will be available to Brisbane Airport terminals for a 6-month trial period.

This initiative will result in real savings for Queenslanders, with ticket prices reduced from $21.90 to only $10.95 for go card and EMV and $11 for paper tickets when traveling from Central Station to the Airport.

The reduction of Airtrain fares is just the latest cost-of-living relief initiative the Miles Government has offered to public transport users, having earlier this week announced 50 cent fares on all Translink services across the state from 5 August.

With Airtrain now included in this initiative, this means that commuters can travel on the network, from as far as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to the Airport for as little as $11.50.

Significantly reducing the cost of public transport to the Airport will encourage more commuters to hop on board the Airtrain, reducing the pressure on the road network and busting road congestion.

In an effort to better enhance ticketing availability and extending purchase options for workers, work is underway for Airport staff tickets to soon be available at Queensland Rail’s Central Station (worker tickets are currently only available at Brisbane Airport).

Airtrain’s Worker Ticket is included in the significant price reductions, with Weekly Worker Ticket to reduce from $43 to $21.50 and workers Book of 20 tickets reducing from $120 to $60.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“I am listening to Queenslanders which is why we worked hard to come to an agreement with Airtrain to reduce the cost of travel to Brisbane Airport.

“Rail travel to the terminals will now be included in our six-month cost-busting public transport trial, meaning travellers and workers will pay less to get to the airport.

“We are leading the nation in delivering cost of living relief initiatives and we know this will provide further help to commuters.

“This initiative, combined with our 50 cent fares on Translink services, will make taking public transport more affordable and attractive to Queenslanders and tourists.

“There has never been a better time to leave the car and the stress of airport parking behind and enjoy the half-price train trip instead.

“We’ve got a growing population, with more cars on our roads and more people visiting our sunny state by the day - this initiative is a great way to showcase our public transport network and reduce pressure on our roads.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Treasurer Cameron Dick:

“By delivering cost of living relief no matter where people work, we are doing what matters to Queenslanders.

“In a state as big as Queensland, that is important.

“20,000 people work in the airport precinct, and tens of thousands more Queenslanders use Brisbane airport to connect with their jobs and with family.

“Including Airtrain in our six-month trial on cheaper tickets makes perfect sense, but this has taken longer to achieve because of the dud deal the LNP negotiated with Airtrain.

“It’s only Labor Governments that deliver infrastructure in the way that matters to Queenslanders.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport and Main Roads Bart Mellish:

“The Miles Government is providing critical cost of living relief to Queenslanders.

“This initiative will mean money in the pockets of Queenslanders including our valuable workers based out of the Brisbane airport.

“We want to encourage more people to use public transport and enjoy stress free transport to the airport, from the Gold Coast, the Sunny Coast or from Brisbane.”

“The Airtrain deal was negotiated by the former LNP government led by Rob Borbidge.

“Former Queensland Liberal Deputy Premier, Joan Sheldon said:

“The Airtrain Citylink was definitely, totally, all the coalition Government’s initiative. I actually negotiated that myself.” (Hansard – 20 July 2000)

“Thanks to the LNP, Queenslanders have had to put up with a 35-year contract that has cost Queenslanders.

“It is the Miles Labor Government who recognised Queenslanders were being duped, and brokered this new deal with Airtrain.

“We will keep working on a long term solution for public transport to the airport, to provide the best value for money for Queenslanders.

For information on Airtrain services visit www.airtrain.com.au