How to Get to the Airport – The Cheap Way

This post is in collaboration with Shop A Docket

There have been so many times when I’ve needed to get to the airport smack bang when Mr. G, my parents and in-laws are all working and there’s absolutely no way other than a taxi or train to get to the airport. A taxi from my house to the airport could cost anything from $140 to $160 one way. If you were to double that amount for a return taxi trip it would be the equivalent to some interstate airfares!

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So, there have been instances when I’ve had to come up with alternative solutions, solutions that won’t cost the same amount as a return airfare to Sydney!

I’ve taken the train.  Although it’s a long trip because I live 45 minutes out of Brisbane City and having to lug your bags around is annoying, it’s definitely a whole lot cheaper!

Ticket type Price
go card adult $24.27
$22.81 (off-peak )
go card concession $20.63
$19.90 (off-peak )
Single paper adult $27.50
Single paper concession $22.20

I’ve also driven my car and parked at the airport.

These are the prices for the Brisbane Domestic Terminal based on arriving on a Friday morning and returning in the evening on a Sunday. Still loads cheaper than a taxi.

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But the best one is cheap airport parking with one of the offsite Airport Parking vendors.

Although it is offsite, it’s completely stress free and by far the cheapest option. You simply drive in, hand over your keys and jump in the shuttle bus. They have shuttle buses going constantly.

We used Andrews Airport Parking for our trip to New Zealand and they were the friendliest people ever and not once did we have to handle our luggage! Check out these offers from Shop A Docket – $38 for for 3 days in Brisbane! That certainly beats all other options.

Andrews Airport Parking Brisbane
Adelaide Airport Parking
Tullamarine Airport Parking

What are your tips for getting to the airport without stress and without it breaking the bank?


Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. August 18, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    We are going away in amonth so I am going to keep an eye out for those shopper dockets.
    We normally ask a friend to drop us off who then gets the use of our car for the time we are away, or we park at the airport. My Dad lives further from the airport and he books a limo which is cheaper than a taxi and is guaranteed to turn up at the right time.

    • August 19, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Don’t forget you can get the Shop A Docket App or check out their website for the dockets too! Easier than keeping track of your grocery dockets!

  2. August 18, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    My god, yes – this can be a very expensive undertaking! Luckily for me my husband was able to drive me the 1.5 hours to the airport at our end and my parents were able to get us to and from the conference resort because they live on the Gold Coast. I considered myself very lucky that it worked out so well this time! It really does save a lot of stress and a lot of money.

    • August 19, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Oh gee, that’s lucky. I was speaking to someone (can’t remember who) that said the taxi fare from GC airport to PB was $150 and that they were glad they could share with 5 other bloggers in a maxi! I didn’t think it’d be that expensive!

  3. August 18, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Those off site parking sites are awesome, so much cheaper and just as easy I agree. This is a great breakdown of exactly what the costs are. #TeamIBOT

  4. August 19, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Ooh we have Andrews parking here in Melbourne too!! I love using them. Must keep my eye out for a docket I think!!

  5. August 19, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Whenever we fly back to NZ (couple of times a year) we always leave the car in the off-site parking – it’s way cheaper than a taxi, and we don’t have to worry about carseats for the kids, or waiting in queues.
    Do you have Uber in QLD? I’ve used an Uber cab a few times to the airport when it’s just me and it’s about half the price of a normal taxi!