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Flights to Brisbane

Check out flights to Brisbane on and set your sights on the capital of Queensland, which sits on Australia’s east coast. A lively city that doesn't know the meaning of the word winter, thanks to its subtropical climate, let us help you pay a visit to this modern metropolis on the banks of the Brisbane River.

When flying to the other side of the world, you'll need to take a connecting service. Flights that stop once take around 24 hours, and are considered the flight of choice when travelling from the UK to Brisbane.

London departures to Brisbane

Destination From Destination From
London Heathrow London Gatwick
Manchester Birmingham

All of the UK’s major airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, offer such flights, which are likely to include a stopover in China, Malaysia or the United Arab Emirates. Sometimes, paying a little extra can help cut travel time by as much as 15 hours, or even more.

Once you land in Brisbane, there’s plenty to keep you occupied within the city limits and beyond. The city centre, or CBD, is fairly condensed for a major city, meaning it’s easy to navigate and retain your bearings.

The Riverside area is great for bars and restaurants. This can be found on the northern bank of the river, just a short stroll from busy spots such as Queen Street and Elizabeth Street; which offer many shopping opportunities, such as the vast Queen Street Mall.

The South Bank area is a cultural hotspot. Here you'll find excellent museums and galleries such as the Queensland Museum, while the precinct is also equipped with numerous bars, restaurants and cafes; in addition to the city’s lagoon and open-air cinema.

To the south of the city, you'll find the Gold Coast and beachside spots, such as Byron Bay. To the north is the Sunshine Coast, including the elegant town of Noosa and Fraser Island. The possibilities opened up by flights to Brisbane are both vast and magnificent.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Brisbane?

The cheapest time to fly to Brisbane is traditionally from mid-April to mid-June, though there are often last-minute bargains popping up throughout the year. The shoulder seasons run from the beginning of February to April, mid-June to mid-July and the third week of September to the beginning of December. Prices rise over Christmas and during school holiday periods in the UK and US. Unless you’re planning to attend one of the city’s festivals, like the popular Royal Queensland Show in August, it’s best to avoid travel times that coincide with the festivities.

When is the best time to book your flight to Brisbane?

The best time to book your UK–Brisbane flight is as soon as the travel bug bites! There’s usually a ‘sweet spot’ between three and fifteen weeks prior to departure when airlines start to make offers on their spare seats. Book well in advance for flights during peak season. At any time of year, midweek flights are less in demand, so make sure you’re flexible with your dates if you’re keen to secure the biggest bargains.

Brisbane Airport

Located around 14km from the city centre, Brisbane Airport is the third busiest airport in Australia. It ranks number five in the large-airports category for flight punctuality. There are a number of British and international airlines that fly from the UK to Brisbane, though none offer a direct service.

Getting around the airport

There are two terminals at Brisbane Airport – international and domestic. An orange Transfer Bus connects the two terminals with Skygate, the shopping precinct, taking between 7 and 10 minutes. A shuttle also connects the international and domestic terminals for AU$5.00*. Travellers arriving into Brisbane can expect to find a number of services and amenities and clear signs to onward travel options. Those departing from Brisbane Airport will also find a wide range of facilities with the contemporary traveller in mind.

*Prices are subject to change.

Which airports in the UK operate flights to Brisbane?

Flights depart from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Brisbane Airport regularly. You can also find flights which depart from Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle. The multi-leg journey can include a stop over at places such as Sydney, Singapore or Hong Kong, depending on which airline you travel with.

What airlines fly to Brisbane?

Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines all depart from London Heathrow and are the main airlines offering indirect flights to Brisbane from the UK. There are no direct flights at present. Other airlines include Air Canada, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines and Thai Airways.

How long is the flight to Brisbane from the UK?

The flight to Brisbane from the UK takes between 25 and 31 hours. After all, you’re travelling half way around the world! The duration of the long-haul flight depends much more on the length of stop over than the UK departure airport.

How many flights per day fly from the UK to Brisbane?

There are eight flights a day offered by Qantas from the UK to Brisbane, between three and four with British Airways and three flights with Singapore Airlines. In short, there are plenty to choose from!

Getting to the city from Brisbane Airport

To get to the city centre from the airport travellers can choose from a number of options. The Airtrain is the most simple and economic, leaving every 15 minutes at peak times and operating from 5:45am and 10pm. It takes 22 minutes to arrive in Brisbane and also stops along the Gold Coast. Con-x-ion Airport Transfer shuttle coaches meet every flight and travel to the CBD, Gold Coast, Brisbane Cruise Terminal/Portside Wharf Hamilton and the Sunshine Coast. For an additional fee and with advance booking they also provide private bus charters. There are also Yellow and Black and White taxis available.

*Times subject to change

Getting around the airports

Brisbane Airport is easy to navigate and provides a number of facilities to make your transfer time enjoyable. Alongside duty-free shopping and a range of Australian and international store outlets, there is a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. An information centre, Travelex, baggage wrapping service, airport spa and newsagents are some of the amenities on site. Free WiFi and charging stations help keep you connected while on the move.

Don’t forget before you fly

Don’t forget your tourist visa before you fly! All visitors outside of Australian and New Zealand nationals require a temporary visa to enter Brisbane, which is often free of charge, depending on its type. You can find out which visa is suitable for your trip online. The application can also be completed via the internet. There are plenty of currency exchange services and ATMs at Brisbane Airport.