Train Journeys from Brisbane

Brisbane to Brisbane Airport

Brisbane airport is connected to Brisbane city by speedy electric railway. Trains operate regularly (15 to 30 minutes apart), and the journey takes about 20 to 25 minutes. Trains call at Brisbane Central and Brisbane Roma Street stations - and most trains continue to or originate from Gold Coast. There are two stations at Brisbane airport - one at the Domestic terminal, the other at the International terminal.

Timetable: Gold Coast and Brisbane Airport line

Brisbane to Cairns

The modern Spirit of Queensland train departs Brisbane Roma Street Station for Cairns five days per week in the mid afternoon (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). It travels northwards through the evening, overnight and through the next day before arriving at Cairns station late the following afternoon. This is arguably Australias most modern and technologically advanced passenger train, however it does not provide sleeping accommodation. The whole journey from Brisbane to Cairns takes a little more than 24 hours.

Timetable: Queensland North Coast Railway    Book Online


The Cairns Tilt Train departs Brisbane Roma Street Station two evenings per week and travels overnight and through the next day before arriving in Cairns the following evening. This is arguably Australias most modern and technologically advanced passenger train, note however that it does not provide sleeping accommodation. The whole journey from Brisbane to Cairns takes a little more than 24 hours.

Timetable: Queensland North Coast Railway    Book Online

Brisbane to Charleville

Twice each week, QR's Westlander train departs Brisbane Roma Street Station for Toowoomba, Roma and Charleville. The train departs Tuesday and Thursday evening and arrives in Charleville at midday the next day after an overnight journey. The train offers seating accommodation only.

Timetable: The Westlander    Book Online

Brisbane to Gold Coast

From Brisbane Roma Street station you can catch a QR citytrain to Nerang station (there are two trains every hour) from where connecting QR buses will take you the short distance to Surfers Paradise. This whole journey takes about one and a half hours. QR Citytrains are modern fast air-conditioned electric trains.

Timetable: Gold Coast and Brisbane Airport line

Brisbane to Longreach

Twice each week, QR operate the Spirit of the Outback train direct from Brisbane to Longreach. The train departs Brisbane Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon, runs north through the night to Rockhampton, then turns inland and runs through Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach a little less than 24 hours later. This train is one of QRs great Lander trains with all the luxuries you are entitled to expect - including a dining car, sleeping cars, club car and lounge car.

Timetable: Spirit of the Outback    Book Online

Brisbane to Rockhampton

Late every morning (Except Saturdays), QR operates a Tilt Train from Brisbanes Roma Street station to Rockhampton. The train is the pride and joy of QRs fleet, and is technologically the most advanced train in the nation. The train journeys through the subtropical countryside before arriving in Rockhampton a little under 9 hours later in the early eveing. On Fridays and Sundays, a second Tilt Train leaves Brisbane in the late afternoon and will get you to Rockhampton after midnight.

Timetable: Queensland North Coast Railway    Book Online

Brisbane to Sydney

NSW Trainlink's Brisbane XPT train runs once each day from Brisbane Roma Street station to Sydney Central station. The train departs Brisbane early in the morning, travels through the day then arrives in Sydney in the evening. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You can also get off this train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.

Timetable: Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs    Book Online


You can also travel to Sydney overnight by catching a NSW Trainlink bus to Casino via the Gold Coast which connects at Casino with the Casino XPT train to Sydney Central station. The whole journey takes fifteen and a half hours - of which only the first three hours are on the bus. The bus departs Brisbane Roma Street station every day in the evening, and the connecting train arrives at Sydney Central station late the following morning. You can also get off the train at Strathfield or Hornsby station in Sydneys suburbs, at Broadmeadow in Newcastle or at one of many other stations along the way.

Timetable: Casino to Brisbane via Gold Coast    Book Online

Timetable: Sydney-Coffs Harbour-Brisbane XPTs    Book Online

Brisbane to Townsville

The modern Spirit of Queensland train departs Brisbane Roma Street Station for Cairns five days per week in the mid afternoon (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). It travels northwards through the evening and overnight before arriving at Townsville station early the following morning. This is arguably Australias most modern and technologically advanced passenger train, however it does not provide sleeping accommodation.

Timetable: Queensland North Coast Railway    Book Online

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