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CityHopper: Free Ferry Service in Brisbane

Did you know that there is a free ferry service in Brisbane? Yes, you can use a free ferry service, which name is CityHopper, if you want to travel along the Brisbane River for free. This is the only free inner-city ferry service in Brisbane. This ferry can be easily spotted by its red and white colour.


CityHopper operates every half hour from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.

It stops at 8 terminals along the Brisbane River which are:

-North Quay
-South Bank 3
-Maritime Museum
-Thornton Street
-Eagle Street Pier
-Holman Street
-Sydney Street

When I tried this ferry service for the first time, I tried to travel from North Quay terminal to Sydney Street terminal and went back to North Quay terminal again. It took me around 1 hour and 30 minutes in total. It means it takes around 45 minutes if you want to travel from one end to the other end.

North Quay Terminal
Queueing to Hop On to the Ferry

There are 2 levels on the ferry, which are the lower and upper deck. When I hopped on at the North Quay terminal, I wanted to sit at the upper deck. But unfortunately, the upper deck was full because it could only accommodate 16 people, hence I sat at the lower deck instead. As the ferry was travelling along the Brisbane River and stopping at the next few terminals, people from upper deck started to hop off. At that moment I moved from lower deck to upper deck. It was better to sit at the upper deck because I could do sightseeing without the obstruction of windows.

Lower Deck
Upper Deck

It was fun to use CityHopper because all I needed to do was just to hop on and hop off and I could enjoy sightseeing Brisbane from the ferry. I will for sure do sightseeing again in the future using this ferry service when I get the chance to do that.

Selfie on CityHopper

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