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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Brisbane?

You should plan to spend around $131 (AU$201) per day on your vacation in Brisbane. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $31 (AU$48) on meals
  • $17 (AU$27) on local transportation
  • $161 (AU$249) on hotels

A one week trip to Brisbane for two people costs, on average, $1,828 (AU$2,818). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $131
    AU$201
  • One Week Per person
    $914
    AU$1,409
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,828
    AU$2,818
  • One Month Per person
    $3,917
    AU$6,038
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,828
    AU$2,818
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $3,656
    AU$5,635
  • One Month For a couple
    $7,835
    AU$12,076
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Brisbane cost?

A one week trip to Brisbane usually costs around $914 (AU$1,409) for one person and $1,828 (AU$2,818) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Brisbane on average costs around $1,828 (AU$2,818) for one person and $3,656 (AU$5,635) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Brisbane will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Brisbane on average costs around $3,917 (AU$6,038) for one person and $7,835 (AU$12,076) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Brisbane has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Brisbane expensive to visit?

Prices in Brisbane are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Brisbane is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Perth or Whitsundays.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Brisbane Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Brisbane?

The average Brisbane trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Brisbane travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.



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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$249 ($161)
Local Transportation 1 AU$27 ($17)
Food 2 AU$48 ($31)
Entertainment 1 AU$36 ($24)
Alcohol 2 AU$39 - 116 ($25 - 75)
Accommodation Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Brisbane is $81 (AU$124). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Brisbane is $161 (AU$249). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $81
    AU$124
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $161
    AU$249

Hotel Prices in Brisbane

Looking for a hotel in Brisbane? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Brisbane based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $95. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Brisbane is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 (AU$27) per person, per day, on local transportation in Brisbane.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $17
    AU$27

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Flights to Brisbane
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Rental Cars in Brisbane
The price of renting a car in Brisbane will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.


What did other people spend on Transportation in Brisbane?

Typical prices for Transportation in Brisbane are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brisbane, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Airtrain to the City
    AU$15
  • Go Card
    AU$25


Food Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Brisbane can vary, the average cost of food in Brisbane is $31 (AU$48) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Brisbane should cost around $12 (AU$19) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Brisbane is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $31
    AU$48

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What did other people spend on Food in Brisbane?

Typical prices for Food in Brisbane are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brisbane, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Hamburger Lunch
    AU$8.00
  • Cup of Coffee
    AU$3.00
  • Chinese Food Lunch
    AU$13
  • Ice cream
    AU$5.50
  • Japanese Meal
    AU$21
  • Smoothie
    AU$6.50
  • Japanese Soup
    AU$12
  • Coffee & Muffin
    AU$7.00


Entertainment Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Brisbane typically cost an average of $24 (AU$36) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $24
    AU$36

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment in Brisbane?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Brisbane are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brisbane, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Concert Tickets
    AU$20


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Brisbane is $13 (AU$20), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $13
    AU$20


Alcohol Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $50 (AU$77) on alcoholic beverages in Brisbane per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $50
    AU$77

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Brisbane?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Brisbane are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Brisbane, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Evening at the Bar
    AU$15
  • Sixpack of Beer
    AU$14
  • Guiness Beer
    AU$8.50
  • Sixpack of Beer
    AU$13


Water Budget in Brisbane
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.41 (AU$0.63) on bottled water in Brisbane per day. The public water in Brisbane is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.41
    AU$0.63


Brisbane On a Budget
Brisbane Brisbane skyline
Although Brisbane is often overlooked as a travel destination in Australia, it is the capital of the state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia. It's a very young and vibrant city with an active nightlife and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It's a modern and economically thriving city and, if you do have time to visit, it actually has a lot to offer travelers. It has some beautiful scenery, a wonderful warm climate all year long, and is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Brisbane's climate is humid subtropical. The summers are hot and humid while the winters are dry and warm. The city's close proximity to the Coral Sea means that it has little temperature variation throughout the year. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorms are common between the months of November and March and severe storms may include hail and strong winds.
Sights
There are a handful of places to visit in Brisbane so consider how much time you have and create yourself an itinerary. Just outside of town is the Queensland Zoo. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place to visit as well. Also consider going by the Manly Boat Harbour, Queensland Cultural Centre, and City Botanic Gardens, all of which make for an interesting place to stop off. Other places of interest include South Bank, New Farm Park, Manly Boat Harbour, and Mt. Coot-tha among many others.
Neighborhoods
There are a good number of districts throughout Brisbane, many of which have something interesting to offer visitors. The Central Business District, in addition to having much of the city's businesses, also has some great shopping and several historic sites. South Bank has the highest concentration of ethnic restaurants as well as the Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum among other things. Fortitude Valley has Brisbane's interesting Chinatown area as well as some great nightlife and lively bars. West End is a bohemian district with lots of interesting cafes and shops. New Farm is a more upscale area for eating and shopping. Portside Wharf is where the cruise ships dock on the Brisbane River. It has high end dining and boutique shopping options. Paddington offers many local boutiques and some great restaurants. Mount Coot-tha, Sunnybank, and Bulimba are all suburbs outside of the central business district with some good restaurants and markets.

Activities
There is no shortage of activities in Brisbane. The walls along the Brisbane River are popular with rock climbers. The views across the river are great as well. The town has several farmers markets that are fun to explore and pick up some fresh produce. It's also fun to take a boat cruise along the river. The music scene is also excellent in Brisbane. Pick up an entertainment magazine while you're in town to find out what's going on. Popular events and festivals in town include the Brisbane Festival, the Royal Queensland Show, the Greek Paniyiri Festival, and the St George Brisbane International Film Festival.
Food and Dining
As a large, cosmopolitan city, there is no shortage of dining options for all preferences and budgets. Asian food is plentiful but you will also find Italian, German, and Middle Eastern options. Bistros, burger joints, cafes, and delis are all readily available in most neighborhoods. Fine dining options are also abundant and there are some unique dining experiences available in Brisbane if you do some research in advance.

Transportation
It's easy to reach most places in Brisbane by public transportation. If you're planning to stay in the Central Business District then it's easiest to simply walk everywhere. There are almost no hills in this area and the street structure is relatively easy to understand, so it is not that challenging to find your way around.
Buses, ferries, or trains will take you almost anywhere else you need in town. There is a common ticketing system with free transfers available between modes of transport. CityFerries and CityCats are a great way to tour Brisbane along the river. They travel along the river with stops in the city center and several suburbs. CityCats are high speed catamarans and CityFerries are traditional ferries. The red CityHopper ferries provide service in the city center and are free of charge. Trains travel in the great Brisbane area as well as Roma Street, Central, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills. Brisbane also has a large network of buses that travel through the inner city. They are less frequent in the outer areas of town.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.