Cheap Flights to Brisbane

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When is the best time to fly to Brisbane?

Peak season

Brisbane’s peak tourist season is over the winter months of June through to August when warm temperatures and dry skies draw locals from southern Australia north to escape the cold. Accommodation and flights are often inflated and the city’s major sights can get crowded. September is another particularly busy (but exciting) time to visit when the month-long Brisbane Festival is held and accommodation can get booked out weeks in advance.

Off season

Brisbane’s off season coincides with the wet and humid months of December through to early March when temperatures can be unbearable and rain showers common. If you decide to visit during this period you will benefit from the best hotel deals and cheapest flights to Brisbane, provided you’re not coming over the Christmas/New Year period.

When is the best time to book a flight to Brisbane?

You’ll get the best flight deals throughout the year if you book as far in advance as possible, but the cheapest flights to Brisbane are generally found over the “wet” season when there are fewer other travellers. If you are coming for the Brisbane Festival or over the winter school holiday months then flights will be more expensive, but competition between airlines on some routes means that a few good deals are available for early birds. Remember that weekday flights tend to be cheaper than those on the weekend, particularly over extended public holiday weekends.

How long is the flight to Brisbane?

Flights from Auckland to Brisbane ­ 3h 40 m

Flights from Christchurch to Brisbane ­ 3h 50m

Flights from Wellington to Brisbane ­ 3h 50m

Flights from Queenstown to Brisbane ­ 3h 50m

Which airlines operate to Brisbane?

There are daily direct flights to Brisbane from Auckland with Virgin, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Qantas and China Airlines, with the latter 3 generally offering slightly cheaper fares.

Both Air New Zealand and Virgin operate flights to Brisbane daily from Christchurch, while Virgin also offers flights to Brisbane once daily from Wellington and twice weekly from Queenstown.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Brisbane’s airport is located 12 kilometres from the central business district and is separated into an international and domestic terminal which are linked by the Airtrain. If you have booked connecting flights then you will receive a free transfer between the terminals, otherwise you will need to purchase a ticket for the short journey.

The Brisbane Airtrain is the fastest option into the city centre (24 minutes) or the Gold Coast (90 minutes) with departures every 15 minutes during peak hours until around 10pm at night.

There are also airport bus transfers that will drop you directly at your hotel door, whether it is in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast. They meet every flight arriving at the airport, 7 days a week, and tickets can be bought at the Con­X-ion ticket counters within the terminal building.

Taxis are a more expensive, but faster option, than the bus, with taxi ranks located right outside both terminals. These taxis are metered, with the final price including an airport access fee, and are a safe and reliable means of transport.

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How much do things cost in Brisbane?

Transport
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 53.05
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.32
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.46
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 5.35
Restaurants
Cappuccino
$ 4.58
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 3.36
Cheap meal
$ 21.39
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 138.22
Pair of jeans
$ 102.59
Markets
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 25.67
A dozen eggs
$ 4.99
How much does a beer cost in Brisbane?
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 7
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 5
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6

More information about Brisbane

  • Rock climb at any level on the astonishing Kangaroo Point Cliffs along the East Bank of the Brisbane River
  • Surfing around Brisbane: Mooloolaba, just to the north of Brisbane, has some of the best in Australia
  • Brisbane is situated on Australia’s East Coast and is an excellent destination for a culture-filled city break
  • Meet the furry residents of Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the oldest of its kind in the world
  • Book one way flights to Brisbane and enjoy the rest of Queensland and Australia at your leisure
  • Brisbane is the largest city in Queensland, Australia - as well as its capital
  • Visit the Queensland Performing Arts Centre one evening for an unforgettable play, concert or ballet
  • Go for an all-day whale watching trip just miles from Brisbane’s coastline and see magnificent humpback whales
  • Enjoy scuba diving around the Moreton Bay area and dive the amazing shipwrecks that lay a little further off-shore
  • Why not check the links above for cheap last minute deals to Brisbane and make the most of your holiday budget?
  • Take your pick and drive north to the sandy golden beaches of Australia’s Sunshine Coast or south to the Gold Coast
  • Enjoy great flight deals to Brisbane to see the Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall

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