For this year’s Ekka, ditch the car and jump aboard a train, shuttle bus, or even the historic EKKA steam train.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said a combination of regular services, extra trains, and shuttle buses will provide customers with plenty of frequent and convenient travel options throughout the 10 days of Ekka.
“Public transport to and from the EKKA is a convenient option for everyone and with will offer a great kick-start to a day out at the Ekka,” Minister Bailey said.
“Queenslanders can catch any city-bound train and swap for an Ekka train from Roma Street, Fortitude Valley or Central stations, taking them directly to Exhibition station in the middle of the action.
“Trains will run daily on the Exhibition Loop line regularly from 9.00am to 11pm, with a heritage steam train also operating on Ekka public holiday (15 August) from 10am to 3.45pm.
“Dedicated Ekka shuttle buses will arrive and depart from Herston busway station which is about 550 metres to Sideshow Alley at Gate 6.
“The shuttles will run to and from Carindale and Eight Mile Plains, as well as high frequency services to and from Chermside on routes 330, 333 or 340 which also service Herston busway station.”
Minister Bailey said the dedicated shuttles will head into Ekka from morning to evening, with homeward bound trips operating till until late.
“In addition to shuttles services there are also a number of regular bus routes that travel to Herston, and well as a number of additional trains to and from Nambour, Ipswich and Springfield Central on weekends, and I’d recommend planning your journey before you travel.
The Ekka Travel Ticket will be on sale during the 10 days of Ekka and has been retained at $6 adult and $3 concession fares for return travel to Ekka from anywhere on the TransLink SEQ network (excluding Airtrain).
go card also provides good value travel options to Ekka following rezoning of the network, and the introduction of free weekend travel for children and 50 per cent off travel after eight paid trips.
For Ekka travel information, including details of extra services and public holiday timetables, visit translink.com.au/ekka, the TransLink Facebook page or phone 13 12 30, anytime.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey