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Flights to Brisbane (BNE)

Brisbane is the capital of Australia’s ‘sunshine state’ Queensland and the third-largest city of the country. Consisting of a population of 2.2 million people, and occupying an area of 15,842 sq km, Brisbane has grown into a world-class city. The spectacular scenery of Brisbane with its year-round cool climate, sub-tropical beaches, flourishing restaurants, and vibrant cultural scene makes it a tourist hotspot with myriad possibilities. This modern city drives Australia’s economic prosperity by contributing to around half of Queensland’s GDP and 9.4% of national GDP. Among the key industries of Brisbane, construction, education, mining, transport, business services, retail, finance, healthcare, mining, and manufacturing provide employment for more than half of its inhabitants. Other than English, Mandarin is the most dominant language spoken in Brisbane. Due to its favorable climatic conditions and notable international events like the Commonwealth Games of 1982, Expo 88, G20 Leaders Sumit of 2014, Brisbane has gained global recognition in recent years as an exciting city filled with avenues of entertainment, and cultural experiences. Once regarded as a small country town, Brisbane now has premier art venues, prominent theatre festivals, glitzy shopping malls, glamorous restaurants and bars that would appeal to domestic and foreign visitors. Once you’ve discovered its treasures, it will surely be difficult to leave this sunny city.

The globalization of Brisbane’s economy combined with collaborative business culture, stable optical environment and a local pool of talent provides a cost-competitive business environment for Brisbane that consistently outperforms its neighbors. With state government spending on infrastructure, resource sector benefiting from China’s economic stimulus, the city’s $146 Billion economy is predicted to grow to $217 Billion by 2031. Brisbane offers investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors and fully committed to strengthening trade relations with other countries. As per the latest economic development plan, the city hopes to become more productive, evolve as a ‘lifestyle city’, improve its tourism potential and develop its digital economy.

The laid-back approach, friendly locals, low crime rate and low cost of living, make Brisbane a perfect destination for work, study or even livelihood in its cosmopolitan environment. Whether you want to embrace the local Aussie culture in its fabulous community festivals, witness an action-filled sporting event, groove to the folk, country or electronic music at the free musical events at the local pubs or Brisbane CBD, go shopping for crafts or souvenir items in the bustling outdoor markets, Brisbane has it all to keep you entertained.

Breaking all prior records, Brisbane has seen a 25% increase in global tourists accounting to a whopping 1,159 million visitors in 2016. The towering skyscrapers of Brisbane like the Trilogy Tower, Soleil, Riverside Centre,  modern convention and exhibition centres like the Suncorp Stadium, sporting stadiums like The Gabba, and shopping complexes like SM Megamall bear testimony of the recent advancement of Brisbane’s urban development. Embark on a cultural tour of Brisbane while experiencing the flavors of different parts of the world through the indigenous dance performances, pulsating music and colorful festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity. BrisAsia Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Paniyari, Buddha Birthday festival and Luminous lantern Parade are some of the annual events in Brisbane that should not be missed. The extensive collections of items found in the Museum of Brisbane throw light on the contemporary scene and historic past of the city. Boutique Galleries like Phillip Bacon Galleries, Redsea Gallery, Fireworks Gallery, and Institute of Modern Art help tourists to unravel Brisbane’s burgeoning art scene.

The evolutionary story:

Brisbane was conceived to be a penal colony for convicts by the Britishers. In 1825, the convict jail of Redcliffe was moved to Brisbane CBD. In 1842, free settlement by ex-convicts and entrepreneurs began to settle in a town around the Brisbane River.  By late 1880, Brisbane became the main center of commerce and capital of Queensland. After World War II, it emerged as a main allied headquarters in the South Pacific as its population spiked with the addition of American and Australian servicemen. Industry flourished, architecture developed its distinctive character and Brisbane become the third-largest city in Australia. 

The Commonwealth Games of 1982 and Expo 88 further gave a boost to the infrastructure, transportation  and sporting facilities of the city with many tourist attractions. 

Fly into Brisbane:

Brisbane International Airport-BNE is located in the city of Brisbane and South-east Queensland. Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines, Jetstar, Fly Corporate, Alliance Airlines, Air Newzealand, and Regional Express Airlines are some of the major carriers that operate from this airport. Passengers transiting through Brisbane for less than 8 hours do not need a transit visa. Other visitors to Australia must obtain a visa(except New Zealand pastors holders).

The way to travel around:

Board a taxi from taxi ranks located outside Brisbane airport to reach your destination.  Choose between Black, White and Yellow taxis that are safe and convenient modes of travel. The city’s extensive bus network helps passengers to go around Brisbane as well as nearby cities like Gold Coast. The Airtrain service to the City Centre is quite regular departing every 15 minutes. Visitors can avail car rentals, taxis, motorcycles or just walk around to explore the attractions of Brisbane that are clustered within close proximity. Electric trains are on time and another cheap mode of public transport in Brisbane. The cashless ticket called Translink ‘Go Card’ helps to save money on travel. Another cost-effective way to travel in Brisbane is via public buses, trains, ferry services, and City cats. The free city-hopper ferry service or The City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services give free rides to travelers in CBD and Spring Hill area.

Discover the Brisbane sights:

Brisbane CBD effectively amalgamates historic traditions with modern elegance in its top-rated tourist attractions. Cuddle a Koala bear at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for a quintessentially Aussie experience. Embark on a Koala and River Cruise to visit this amazing place filled with native animals. The heritage-listed Cultural Precinct is a fantastic family-friendly destination for browsing through the excellent collections of books at the State Library of Queensland, thought-provoking interactive exhibits of Queensland Museum and Science center or seeing the artworks of Queensland Art Gallery. Take a walk on the walking tracks of  Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-The national park to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Japanese gardens or largest collections of Australian rainforest trees. The Giant  Ferris Wheel at the South Bank offers an exciting ride along with a bird’s eye view of the entire city. Shopaholics can venture into the bustling Farmer’s Market selling local produce or vibrant Queen Street Mall that sells national and international branded goods. The Story Bridge is a well-known landmark of Brisbane that offers an uninterrupted view of the city.  A 75-minute ferry ride to the nearby Moretan Island is the best way to spend the day fishing,sea-kayaking and going for whale watching cruises.

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Flights to Brisbane & FAQ

  • What are some travel guidelines for Brisbane during the COVID19 pandemic?

    Entry restrictions and flight schedule changes and cancellations are frequently updated and subject to change. If you plan to travel to Brisbane, please obtain the most updated information from the airline you plan to book your travels with. You can also refer to COVID19 Country/Region Entry Restrictions for more information.
  • Which airlines offer free date changes for flights to this city during the COVID19 pandemic?

    There are no airlines with flights to this city that provide this service. Please use this information as a reference only and confirm with the airline prior to booking.
  • What is the average flight ticket price from New Zealand to Brisbane?

    The average ticket price to Brisbane is NZD384. Please use this price as a reference only.
  • How long is the flight to Brisbane?

    • Approx. 3 hours 40 minutes to fly from Auckland to Brisbane.
    • Approx. 4 hours 10 minutes to fly from Wellington to Brisbane.
    • Approx. 2 hours 10 minutes to fly from Melbourne to Brisbane.
    • Approx. 4 hours 5 minutes to fly from Christchurch to Brisbane.
  • How to get cheap flights to Brisbane?

    You can book cheaper flights in the following ways:
    • Search for tickets to a city or airport near Brisbane.
    • Look up different airlines that have flights to Brisbane.
    • Browse different departure dates from the same month.
    • Filter for different departure times from the same day.
    • Check for discount information on various social media sites.
    • Explore deals and discounts on airline websites.
  • What is the most popular month to visit Brisbane?

    Understanding peak and off travel seasons to Brisbane can help you arrange your travel plans accordingly. The most popular month to visit Brisbane is June. The average price of flight tickets to Brisbane in June is NZD381.
  • When are flight tickets to Brisbane the cheapest?

    Flight tickets to Brisbane are the cheapest in March compared to other months, the average price is NZD333.
  • What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in Brisbane?

    • The distance from Brisbane Airport to downtown is about 12km, by taxi about 30 minutes.
  • Which popular airlines have flights to Brisbane?

    Popular airlines with flights to Brisbane: Virgin Australia , Jetstar Airways , and Singapore Airlines .
  • What are some popular attractions in Brisbane?

    Brisbane has many attractions to offer: Albion Park Harness Racing Club (4km from downtown) Parklife Brisbane (1km from downtown) Ocean Dynamics (1km from downtown) are the most popular attractions closest to downtown.