A better ferry network for Brisbane

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Brisbane City Council launched a comprehensive review in May 2021 to better understand the community's views and experiences of the ferry network including the CityCat, CityHopper and Cross River ferry services. Residents, commuters, and visitors were asked how, when, where, and why they used Brisbane's ferry services and were invited to share their suggestions for changes and improvements.

Council's plan to return ferry services 

Most ferry services are now available following the February 2022 flood event. Find out the current status of our terminals and next steps

Key findings

  • 24% of respondents placed a high priority on faster ferries and quicker journeys (with fewer stops).
  • 32% would use a CityCat if they operated at a higher frequency in the evenings.
  • 59% of participants indicated a strong interest in using express services in the future.
  • 55% of ferry users enjoyed travelling on the Brisbane River for leisure and sightseeing.
  • 57% of respondents were satisfied with existing ferry services.

Frequency was consistently identified as an area for improvement throughout the review. A post consultation report will soon be available with more information on findings from the ferry network review.

Better ferry services

Council is committed to building a better-connected network, giving residents and visitors more options to leave the car at home and get around our city. From market research and citywide community engagement, Council reviewed the feedback and identified opportunities to improve ferry services, with timetable changes introduced from 13 December 2021. Residents and visitors can now benefit from the following improvements to ferry services.

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Nine extra all stops CityCat services each day during the week (more on fridays)

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New express and late-night services

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CityCats every
15 minutes during the week providing reduced waiting times

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Get the CityHopper and Cross River ferry to Howard Smith Wharves with later operating hours on FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS

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Upgraded South Bank terminal now open

CityCat services improvements

  • 59 additional all stops CityCat trips each week.
  • Extended 15-minute frequency for weekday all stops CityCat services.
  • Eastern Express CityCat services every 15 minutes between Apollo Road and Riverside in peak times (7-9am and 4-6.30pm weekdays, excluding public holidays). 
  • Western Express CityCat services every 15 to 30 minutes between West End and QUT Gardens Point.
  • More consistent and frequent services for users.

CityCat network map

Download an accessible version of the CityCat network map (Word - 941kb).

Inner-city services improvements

  • Introduction of the CityHopper and Cross River ferry services to the new Howard Smith Wharves terminal - includes later operating hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • CityHopper services every 30 minutes.
  • Cross River ferry service every 30 minutes between Holman Street, Riverside and Howard Smith Wharves terminals.

Inner-city network map

Download an accessible version of the Inner-city network map (Word - 545kb).

Better ferry terminals

 

South Bank ferry terminal

Brisbane's most popular terminal is being upgraded, just in time for the festive season and school holidays. The South Bank ferry terminal provides better accessibility and features an extended boulevard platform for parkland users. The terminal is an important gateway to the South Bank Parklands and greater South Brisbane area. The new terminal is now open.

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Artist's impression

Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal

new terminal at Howard Smith Wharves is now open and operational with Cross River ferry and CityHopper services. Council is taking action to rebuild Brisbane's night-time economy and the new terminal will make it easier to get to one of Brisbane's premier recreation and lifestyle precincts.

Upcoming terminal upgrades and information

  • Council has committed more than $53 million for new and upgraded ferry terminals over the next three years.
  • Dockside terminal is temporarily closed for upgrade, with expected completion in late 2022.
  • Mowbray Park terminal will be upgraded once Dockside upgrade is completed in late 2022.
  • Eagle Street Pier terminal is temporarily closed while Dexus development is underway.
  • South Bank 3 terminal is now closed, with services now running from the upgraded South Bank terminal.

Find out more about ferry terminal upgrades.

About Council's CityCat and ferry services

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CityCats

CityCats

All stops CityCat services operate daily between The University of Queensland (UQ), St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton. This delivers up to 140 all stops services each week, for residents, commuters and visitors.

Express CityCats

Express CityCats provide 145 express services each week (excluding weekends and public holidays). These services offer faster travel during peak periods. Passengers can travel from Guyatt Park to QUT Gardens Point in as little as 18 minutes. 

NightCat

NightCat is a 12-month trial of additional services offering 15-minute frequency on CityCats on Friday and Saturday nights until midnight.

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Cross River ferry and CityHopper

Cross River ferry

Cross-river services connect Holman Street at Kangaroo Point, Riverside and Howard Smith Wharves, and also Bulimba to Teneriffe. The KittyCat mini-catamarans carry up to 60 passengers and provide quick transfers for commuters.

CityHopper

CityHopper is a free inner-city ferry service. You can hop on and hop off at seven stops between North Quay and Sydney Street, New Farm, including Howard Smith Wharves. The service runs every 30 minutes between 5.30am and midnight, seven days a week (later on Friday and Saturday nights).

Timetable information

Timetable changes commence from 13 December. For ferry service timetable information or to plan your journey, visit the TransLink website or phone 13 12 30.

Last updated: 18 October 2022

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