Member since 25 Jun 2021
Total posts 7
Recently did Brisbane Sydney Queenstown (NZ) with QANTAS. No air side transfer bus, so you have to get a taxi at $45 to the International terminal, outbound luggage is ticked out, on the return we had to collect our bags get another taxi and check in again. What a hassle. On the up side Business class was very good, food and service was fine, free Wifi worked most of the time.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 143
Thanks for sharing your experience Juddy. There's also the option to take the train between terminals.
Member since 09 May 2020
Total posts 98
Depending on the size of entourage it may be more worthwhile to take the taxi considering its additional $15 levy pp for using airport train stations on top of the minimum train fare.
Mind you, even with $5 airport taxi rank charge, I am surprised it cost $45 between Terminal 1 and 3. $45 is more likely going to CBD Sydney. Are you paying extras for after hours or something else?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 445
The $45 fee from Domestic to Intl or vice-versa is due to a deal struck between cabs and the local council/airport. I was warned about it recently by Qantas staff in Brisbane when my connection in Sydney to Wellington was getting super tight.
I ended up getting the train.
I did use a Qantas supplied bus from T1 to T3 in May - you board it just before you go into the airside check-in area
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,115
Originally Posted by XWu
(Similarly, journeys between the airport stations and either Mascot or Green Square also attract a reduced station access fee - not as cheap as above, but not the full $14.87 per adult as for stations beyond that.)
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 244
The train is faster and cheaper than using a taxi for the transfer (unless you have a substantial amount of luggage). As Chris notes, the train is only about $5 per person between the two terminals. At times, the train can be faster than the QF transfer bus as well!
Member since 22 Sep 2017
Total posts 1
I know this is a rhetorical question, but surely if Qantas sells you a ticket (as a single purchase) then they are responsible end-to-end for getting you from checkin in Brisbane to stepping out of the terminal in Queenstown?
Originally Posted by russh7
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
No air side TF bus service
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox