Firstly, welcome to Brisbane - even if only for a few minutes or hours!
We have everything you need to know about transferring between flights at Brisbane Airport covered here.
- Brisbane only has one airport, but there are two Terminals - the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal.
- You might see the Domestic Terminal referred to as Terminal D or T2 and the International Terminal also referred to as Terminal I or T1 on your boarding pass.
- The Terminals are four kilometres apart, and the travel time between the Terminals is approximately 10 minutes.
Transferring between Terminals
Transferring between the Domestic and International Terminals is simple, and our staff will help you find your way if you need assistance.
Brisbane Airport operates a complimentary Terminal Transfer Bus service that runs between 4:00am and 11:00pm as follows:
Hours of operation
- 4:00am - 6:00am - every 25 minutes
- 6:00am - 7:00pm - every 10 minutes
- 7:00pm - 11:00pm - every 25 minutes
Approximate journey time - 10 minutes
Transfer Bus departure locations
- Domestic Terminal - look for the orange Terminal Transfer Bus stop outside towards the Qantas end of the terminal. The transfer bus arrives into Level 4 - Departures of the International Terminal.
- International Terminal - the Terminal Transfer Bus departs from kerbside on Level 2 of the Arrivals hall.
Please note: Journey times are approximate and do not include waiting periods. Your exact journey may vary from the suggested journey time.
Airtrain operates a transfer service between the terminals, with train services running every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes off-peak periods. Airtrain is privately owned, so you will need to purchase a ticket if you choose this terminal transfer option. Cost for a one-way transfer is $5.00.
Hours of operation
- Weekdays: 5:04am - 10:04pm
- Weekends: 6:04am - 10:04pm
Please note: Approx journey time is 5 minutes. Journey times are approximate and do not include waiting periods. Your exact journey may vary from the suggested journey time.
Finding the Airtrain station
- Domestic Terminal: make your way out to the front of the Terminal and take the Skywalk across to the station.
- International Terminal: take the travellator or lift to level 3 of the Terminal building and follow the signs to the station.
The process for luggage when transferring between flights differs between airlines, so we recommend checking with your flight carrier if moving between the Terminals.
Luggage: transferring from Domestic Terminal to International Terminal
Unless your luggage has been checked through to your final destination, collect your bags, and make your way out to your chosen transfer option to move between Terminals.
Luggage: transferring from International Terminal to Domestic Terminal
All passengers arriving from an international port will need to complete passport control, collect luggage and pass through Customs and Quarantine before transferring to the Domestic Terminal.
- If you are travelling with Qantas or Virgin - make your way to the Domestic Transfer Desk in the International Terminal to check your luggage for your next flight. You can then take the free Terminal Transfer Bus to the Domestic Terminal.
- If flying with another carrier for your domestic flight - you will need to transfer to the Domestic Terminal with your luggage before checking in for your domestic flight. Please proceed to the free Terminal Transfer Bus to move between Terminals.
Need a little more detail?
Download these step by step guides to assist you in understanding the transfer process:
Transiting between international flights is simple, you don’t even need to leave the International Terminal. When exiting your aircraft, follow the ‘International Transit/Transfer Passenger signs’ and make your way to the Level 3 ‘Departures Area’ for your next flight.
We recommend you check with your airline about whether your luggage will transfer directly, as every flight is different.
Need a place to lay your head between flights? Brisbane Airport Hotels group offers three hotels located at the airport for your convenience, including the Novotel Brisbane Airport and the newly opened Ibis and Pullman Hotels and Conference Centre.
Things to do in transit at Brisbane Airport
If you have a few hours to fill in before your next flight at Brisbane Airport, here are a few ideas to explore.