CityCat services began in November with six vessels, each capable of carrying passengers, with two further vessels added to the fleet in In November , Metrolink Queensland a joint venture between Transdev and Transfield Services was contracted to operate CityCat and Cityferry services for seven years. Late saw the restructuring of the Cityferry network which included more late night services. In January , services were reinstated to Apollo Road. Early saw the introduction of three express services during morning peak times. The second and third generation vessels have a capacity of passengers.
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CityCats cat being an abbreviation of catamarans are one of the fastest, and most enjoyable ways to get around the riverside areas of the Brisbane CBD. They are exceptionally quick, don't get caught in traffic jams, and the view is better than what you see from behind a car windscreen.
It's many Brisbanites preferred 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. The CityCat Ferries operate through most of the day with the first route starting at am and the last ferry docking as late as am right through the week. To keep updated, check out the TransLink ferry timetable information here, or plan your journey here.
You can purchase the old, paper tickets from the staff on board. You'll be purchasing either a 1 or 2 zone depending on how far you're travelling. The staff will be able to help you with this so ask them about zones and just doing a scenic trip. The cheaper option to the almost completely phased out paper ticket system is the 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 then 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.
There is no problem with using multiple transport routes and types, your Go Card will work out from the swipes that you are on one journey and charge you accordingly.
There is a smaller ferry service that still operates, mostly just as cross river services. The vessels used for this are the old City Ferries that were eventually replaced by the larger, faster CityCats. Holman Street terminal remains closed until further notice.
The Brisbane Floods and the breaking of the Brisbane River banks deeply impacted upon the CityCat and Ferry services as well as some of the terminals. Several Ferry Terminals, many of them highly popular, were out of action for some time. A huge council and community effort has seen almost all the old City Cat Terminals restored and functional. The City Cats operate through most of the day with the first route starting at am and the last ferry docking as late as am right through the week.
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