Beat the traffic by using free public transport to get home from Riverfire

Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services The Honourable Mark Bailey
  • Public transport is the easiest option to travel home from Riverfire this year with Translink providing free travel from select locations after the fireworks.
  • Additional train, bus and ferry services will operate on the evening of Saturday September 2 to ensure customers can leave their car at home.
  • Customers are encouraged to plan their trip in advance by visiting the Translink website, downloading the MyTranslink app or calling 13 12 30.

Riverfire patrons are encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport with free travel home and additional services.

More than 400,000 people attended Riverfire last year with crowd numbers expected to at least match that figure this year.

Free travel will be available after the fireworks from 7.30pm to 9pm from South Bank, South Brisbane, Roma Street and Central train stations, and from Woolloongabba, Mater Hill, South Bank, Queen Street, King George Square and Roma Street bus stations. The Cultural Centre Bus Station will be closed during this time.

There will be additional outbound services on 14 bus routes between 7.30pm and 9pm and a 15-minute service frequency on all train lines in the same period, excluding trains to Doomben, Rosewood and Nambour.

All CityCats will cease operating between 6.45pm and 7.45pm, however they will resume after the fireworks have finished with additional services. There is no free travel on CityCat services and limited services between Northshore Hamilton and Mowbray Park will still be in operation.

With some road closures, heavy traffic and a large amount of people departing from South Bank after the completion of the fireworks, Translink asks customers to be patient while taking public transport home.

It is important that customers plan their travel in advance to ensure they can easily arrive and depart from Riverfire, so Translink encourages them to download the MyTranslink app, visit the Translink website or call 13 12 30.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey:

“Riverfire is one of south east Queensland’s biggest and most-loved events.

“Leaving the car at home and taking public transport to and from Riverfire this year is the easiest and best decision you can make when it comes to travel.

“There will be road and bridge closures around the city, so public transport is the ideal and most convenient option to avoid the hassles of parking and heavy traffic.

“There will be more than 130 additional bus services and over 30 additional train services to ensure that large crowds from Riverfire are dispersed easily and meet the needs for customers.

“Our priority is to make sure customers can get home safely and as quickly as possible, so we encourage travelers to be patient as large crowds depart from Riverfire.”

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