Iglu Students Sydney and Brisbane
Getting around in Brisbane
With so much to see and do on your doorstep, the next most important information you’ll need is how on earth to get to it all without breaking the bank.
There’s no fun without fun tokens, so here’s some insider tips on how to save up for the real action by making sure you get the most out of Brizzy’s comprehensive network of student-friendly pocket-friendly travel options.
GET 'GO' ING
The easiest and quickest way to get around town is to arm yourself with a go card. This is TransLink’s answer to all your city travel needs and will soon be your best buddy. It allows you to jump on any form of transport you fancy – trains, buses ferries or trams – as well as benefit from many travel savings and discounts. First up, you’re already 50% richer as all student concessions are half price. Bonus! Secondly, all tickets are at least 30% cheaper than buying a standard single. And if that doesn’t have you ready to jump on the next tram, how about free transportation to many of Brizzy’s best events? It’s a travel no-brainer. Register online and simply top up your card whenever your balance runs low – or even easier, set up the auto function so you’ll never run below a $5 balance. Manage your account online and your card will be forever safe. Genius.
SOMETHINGS ARE FREE
When the cash really is running low but you don’t want to miss out on the action, do not despair. There are still ways to escape your bedroom without putting a dollar on the tab. The Loop is Brisbane’s free bus service that circles the city every ten minutes between 7am and 6pm both clockwise and anti-clockwise. You can’t miss the bright red buses and bus stops dotted around the city. The Spring Hill Loop is another entirely free bus service that connects you to and from the CBD – keep an eye out for the yellow buses and bus stops. And if roads will not do and you prefer travelling by water, simply hop on and off the free CityHopper that glides up and down Brisbane River every half hour between 6am and midnight daily. Operating between North Quay and Sydney Street you’ll pick up a magnificent view of the city sights along the way.
ON YOUR BIKE
With all that sunshine right outside your window, trying out some of Brizzy’s extensive cycle ways is an absolute must. Affordable, eco-friendly and fun, a day on the wheels will only set you back around $35, or treat yourself to a tour with those that know the city best. But if you just want to get around quickly, try out the innovative CityCycle program with 150 opportunities for you to pick up some slicks and explore the city Brisbane-style. Ride for free for the first half hour before rates apply, or simply subscribe online to access the special annual student concession rate of just $45.
If your legs are feeling a little tired after all that activity, or you find yourself out a touch later than planned, no dramas. Take advantage of the NightLink late night bus services that roll out after midnight on the weekends, designed to get all you party people safely back to your beds.
Don’t let travel costs drain your bank account or your fun this semester. Make the most of staying connected in Brisbane with these travel tips and enjoy the best of the city – without burning the cash before you arrive.
By Jael Livingston
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