Brisbane CityCat

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The Brisbane CityCat Ferry is a via water transport service located in Brisbane.

Brisbane CityCats (short for catamarans) are one of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to get around the riverside areas of the Brisbane CBD!

CityCats operate through most of the day, with the first route starting at 5:25am and the last ferry docking as late as 12:55am. Services run right through the week.


CityCat Ferry Terminals are located along the Brisbane River between UQ St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton. Approximately fifteen (15) minutes north of Brisbane Holiday Village.

University of QueenslandSir William Macgregor Dr, St Lucia
West EndHoogley St, West End
Guyatt ParkMacquarie St, St Lucia
RegattaCoronation Dr, Toowong
North Quay 1and 2Queens Wharf Rd, North Quay
South Bank 1and 2South Bank Parklands
QUT Gardens PointAlice St, City
South Bank 3South Bank Parklands
Maritime Museum (River Plaza)Dock St, South Brisbane
Thornton StreetThornton St, Kangaroo Point
Eagle Street PierEagle St, City
Holman StreetHolman St, Kangaroo Point
RiversideRiverside Centre, Eagle St, City
DocksideFerry St, Kangaroo Point
Sydney StreetSydney St, New Farm
Mowbray ParkPark Ave, East Brisbane
Norman ParkWynnum Road, Norman Park
New Farm ParkBrunswick St, New Farm
Apollo RoadApollo Road, Bulimba
Norman ParkWynnum Road, Norman Park
HawthorneGordon St, Hawthorne
BulimbaOxford St, Bulimba
Apollo RoadApollo Road, Bulimba
TeneriffeCommercial Rd, Teneriffe
Brett’s WharfKingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton

The Cats

CityCats are exceptionally quick, don’t get caught in traffic jams, and the view is better than what you see from behind a car windscreen! Many Brisbanites prefer the CityCat method of transportation during busy peak hours.

As a tourist you don’t even need to be going anywhere. Staying on the CityCat for a complete loop will show you most of the river areas, return you to your original port and charge a fraction of what a tour cruise would in many other river cities.  Sit out the front to experience the fresh river breeze on your face, out the back to appreciate the view or sit inside out of the breeze and rain.

Types of CityCats

  • CityCats
    • CityCats are a paid transport service that dock at very ferry terminal and run frequently throughout the day and night.
  • SpeedyCats
    • SpeedyCats are a paid transport service that provide more than 100 peak-hour express services along the Brisbane River each week (excluding public holidays). A range of services stop at UQ St Lucia, West End, Guyatt Park, North Quay, Riverside, Teneriffe, Apollo Road and Northshore Hamilton.
    • SpeedyCats provide the first-ever express services to UQ St Lucia and almost halve travel times for passengers travelling between Teneriffe and Riverside. Passengers can also go from UQ St Lucia to North Quay in as little as 15 minutes.
  • CityHoppers
    • CityHoppers are a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the CityHopper every 30 minutes. The service runs between 6am and midnight, seven days a week.
    • The CityHopper Ferry stops ONLY at the following terminals:
      • North Quay
      • South Bank 3
      • Maritime Museum
      • Thornton Street
      • Eagle Street Pier
      • Holman Street
      • Dockside
      • Sydney Street

Features and Accessibility

Brisbane City Council’s fleet of CityCats has been operating along the Brisbane River since 1996. Over the years, the CityCats have become more fuel efficient and have reduced their engine exhaust and noise emissions, while improving the onboard facilities.


All CityCats provide space for six wheelchairs (four spaces are located in the internal cabin area, and two spaces are located on the outer deck). Additional wheelchairs could be carried at times at the Master’s discretion based on safety and current vessel passenger loading.

Staying connected

The entire CityCat fleet is fitted with Wi-Fi allowing access to UQConnect and EduRoam, TransLink timetable information and Brisbane City Council’s website.


You can purchase a Translink Go Card; an electronic ticket that you can swipe as you get on and off public transport for hassle free travel. The card works on all public transport in Brisbane which includes buses, train and the CityCat ferry services.

You can top up the balance of your Go Card at pay stations around major terminals. Simply scan your card as you get on the ferry and when you get off. Your fare will automatically be deducted from the balance on your card and also display the remaining balance.

Multiple transport routes and types:

Your Go Card will work out from the swipes that you are on one journey and charge you accordingly.

Don’t forget to swipe on and off or you will be charged a fee!

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