How to use Airport Link: Brisbane Times explains


A map of the airport link tunnel. Full map here

Brisbane’s enormous Airport Link tunnel, which opened shortly before midnight, is able to be entered and exited from four different locations.

It’s complex, so here is a simple guide.

Entering at Kedron


The Kedron entrance. Full map here.

Imagine it like this; a giant underground triangle at Kedron (near the Kedron Park Hotel).

Stretching out in three directions from the underground triangle are routes which lead:

  • east to Toombul and the Brisbane Airport along the East West Arterial;
  • north to Gympie Road; with its turn off to Stafford Road; and
  • south to Bowen Bridge Road, off Lutwyche Road, near the Royal Children’s Hospital.

From here, you can go even further south to the Inner City Bypass and ultimately to the Clem7 tunnel.


The Toombul entrance. Full map here.

So take the time to look on the Airport Link’s website and learn a little of the routes and exits.

The huge $4.8 billion project is Australia’s largest road and tunnel infrastructure project and it has been built by Thiess John Holland, which was appointed by Brisconnections.

As a motorist, it should be a matter of following the lanes and directional signs after you decide where you want leave the tunnel; ie Kedron, Stafford, Gympie Road, Brisbane Airport, Bowen Hills or the Brisbane’s CBD.


The Bowen Hills entry. Full map here.

How to get there:

Entering near the Brisbane Airport

From here you will drive along Airport Drive, over the top of the Gateway Motorway, down the East West Arterial Road and then enter the tunnel under Sandgate Road.

Brisbane’s Airport Link opens

Drivers are directed to the Airport Link tunnel near the Toombul entrance on the first day of the tunnel’s operation, July 25, 2012.

You can choose whether to drive all the way underground through to Bowen Hills and come out of the tunnel on to Bowen Bridge Road.

Or you can choose at the underground triangle at Kedron to exit at the left hand lane which will swing up over the top and allow you to drive towards Gympie Road or Stafford Road.

From Kedron to Bowen Hills

If you are inside the tunnel, choose to continue heading south on twin underground lanes where you can later choose to come out on a ramp up onto Lutwyche Road.

Or, you can exit to the Inner City Bypass on the left hand side (heading south), which will ultimately connect with the Legacy Way tunnel now being built by Brisbane City Council, or continue to the Clem7 tunnel.

From Bowen Hills to Kedron (heading northwards, or out to the airport)

If you are driving on Bowen Bridge Road past the Royal Children’s Hospital, you will exit on the left hand side onto a ramp and then over Lutwyche Road and down into the Airport Link.

If you are on the Inner City Bypass; ignore the left-hand exits to Bowen Bridge Road and Lutwyche Road and go straight ahead. You will drive straight into it.

At Kedron, you will come across a series of exits to choose between; Stafford Road, Gympie Road, or right towards Toombul and the East West Arterial Road.

Heading further south

You can go on towards the Gold Coast by using the completely separate, but connecting Clem7 tunnel, paying a separate toll (when tolls start on Airport Link), and emerge in the middle of Woolloongabba.

Or, you can keep driving through the Clem7 tunnel and end up leaving this tunnel on the Pacific Motorway and heading southwards towards the Gold Coast.

You can do this from either Bowen Bridge Road, or the Inner City Bypass by taking different exits with relatively sharp entry ramps which head away from the Clem7, but then turn back to face south and re-direct you into RiverCity Motorway’s Clem7.

Toll information

Airport Link is fully electronic.

You will not need to stop or slow down to pay a toll.  Vehicles will be detected by video where an image is taken of the vehicle licence plate number or  the use of a tag mounted on the windscreen.

Where you have an existing tag or video account with another toll road operator, you can use AirportlinkM7 and the toll will be automatically charged to your  tolling account following the toll free period.

How much is the toll?

The first month is free for everyone. Then there is two further months of toll-free tunnel use if you have an e-tag, meaning you can get three months toll-free if you already have an e-tag.

After that, the tolls will initially be low. It will cost $2.50 to drive between Bowen Hills and the Brisbane Airport, or $2 for shorter trips. Then for a further 6 months (May to November 2013), the maximum cars will pay for the full length is $3.75 (or $2.90 for the two shorter sections)

Then for a further six months, from May to November 2013, the maximum cars will pay for the full length is $3.75. Shorter trips will cost $2.90.

After November 2013, full tolling comes into play and cars will pay around $3.65 for the shorter section and $4.90 for the full section between Bowen Hills and the airport.

Information on frequently asked questions can be answered here.

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