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The easy way to get around Brisbane

A fun way to get around Brisbane. Whenever we're in Brisbane and heading out for some dinner we... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Penrith, Australia
Slow boat to Brisvegas

If you're looking for a cheap, leisurely way to see the city and the river, this is it. On a hot... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

A fun way to get around Brisbane. Whenever we're in Brisbane and heading out for some dinner we usually take the route from Dockside to Eagle St Pier. It's easy to look up the timetable online and they run very frequently until late at night....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank judyb-penair
Reviewed yesterday

If you're looking for a cheap, leisurely way to see the city and the river, this is it. On a hot day, make sure you've got a hat and sit on the upper deck as it gets very hot in the cabin.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Teleost
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tried this. The ferry is tiny with limited space but with poor ventilation resulting in an overwhelming and pervasive smell of sweat. Not at all pleasant.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AAKelly
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great to have free travel with access to both sides of Brisbane River, well done. Plenty of time tables for reference.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank psmallcombe
Reviewed 6 days ago

City Hopper service is great. Enjoyed the experience of seeing Brisbane by the river. Clean vessel and you can just hop on or off at one of the specified locations. We stayed on and treated it as a sightseeing journey.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bianca M
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a great free service. Yes it’s free! Stops off at some major sights. Much nicer to see Brisbane from the river in my opinion.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Donfish65
Reviewed 1 week ago

The free ferry service is excellent! but if you're on a time limit, there is always a chance it may be full and you'll have to wave it goodbye and wait for another to come where enough people disembark to allow you to get on....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 261DARCY
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great service - even if you just want to travel the full circuit to get your bearings and enjoy the river, or get to the start of the RiverWalk or Southbank. Lovely at sunset or early in the morning when serene on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tripmode33
Reviewed 1 week ago

During our week's stay in Brisbane, we took every opportunity to use this free river transport, kindly laid-on by courtesy of the City Council. Staying as we were in Parklands, a terminal was located conveniently close to our hotel, and with services every 30 minutes,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free for guests to hop on and off, make sure you're connecting to the right docks as you make your journey as there are a few various ferries.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jroberts39
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13 January 2019|
Response from Graham S | Reviewed this property |
Portside is the Cruise Wharf/Terminal & if you grabbed a cab it would be perhaps 20 minutes. I am sure there has to be Shuttle buses into the centre of Brisbane ( Con-X-ion ) do this type of service to/from Airport & I note... More
17 September 2018|
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Response from lellydw | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does, there are free ferry plus thepay ones.
6 August 2018|
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Response from Jenny1960_11 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how you get from Surfer's Paradise to Brisbane. I would allow a full day to allow getting the light rail from Florida Gardens stop to Helensvale. You need to swap to the train heading to Brisbane. Get off at... More