Getting to grips with public transport can be confusing at the best of times, even more so when you’re in an unfamiliar place- Australia’s transport system is no exception.
However, if you’re from London or ever travelled in London, this should make a little more sense.
Like the pre-paid ‘Oyster’ card in London, Queensland has the same thing and it’s called a ‘Go Card’.
It’s a good idea to get your mits on one of these cards as soon as you arrive, and start saving!
Being a student, you’re entitled to concession prices, which should be 50% cheaper than adult fares. However, this isn’t always the case- me and my friends have sometimes been charged completely different prices for the exact same journey which us nor Translink can understand why.
As soon as you get a student card from your university, you can apply online for cheaper fares on the Translink website.
Once you have a Go Card, you’re ready to go…
You simply ‘tap on’ and ‘tap off’ the train, ferry or bus on using a scanner on board or outside the train station.
TIP: Don’t forget to tap on and off every time, if you don’t you can get charged so watch out for that, because it’s really annoying when you do.
Like most public transport, there is a journey planner service available on their website and app, so you can plan how to get from A to B.
Or, if you’re like me and don’t have enough memory in your phone for any more apps, you can ‘Google-maps’ it, which is just as easy.
I hope this is helpful- it’s always handy to know about the transport in your city to help you arrange travelling and those beach trips you definitely won’t skip class to go on…