Queensland Rail offers two affordable, flexible rail passes for international visitors. These passes are an exciting option if you are looking to take your time and really experience your journey, with the freedom to travel at your own pace.
Queensland Explorer Pass
The Queensland Explorer Pass offers unlimited travel for one or two months across the Queensland Rail Travel network. See every corner of Queensland; from Cairns in the north, to Brisbane in the south and the Queensland Outback that extends to Charleville, Longreach and Mount Isa.
Travel can be taken over a one or two month period with unlimited stopovers in any direction of travel in Economy Seats. Backtracking is allowed and free travel on RailBus Coach Connections booked in conjunction with a rail sector (for Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach, Winton, Quilpie and Cunnamulla).
Queensland Explorer Pass
Travel Dates||Effective for travel from 1 January 2020 ongoing. Bookings can be made up to 325 days prior to travel subject to availability|
Spirit of the Queensland (Premium Economy Seats) | Tilt Train (Economy Seats) | Spirit of the Outback (Economy Seats) | The Inlander | The Westlander
Upon payment of the applicable difference in fares pass holders may upgrade to:
Business Seats (Tilt Train only) | RailBeds (Spirit of Queensland only) | First Class Sleeping Berths (Spirit of the Outback only).
Booking & Payments|
Travel passes are instant purchase. Bookings made after a pass has been purchased may be placed on hold. Ticketing deadlines are provided by sales staff based on the travel date and booking date.
Purchase of a Queensland Explorer Pass does not guarantee that the holder will be able to obtain accommodation on any long-distance rail service. Reservations are essential on these services.
Purchasers have six months from the date of purchase to commence travel.
The Queensland Explorer Pass is not transferable to other customers. Available for unlimited travel in all Queensland Rail Travel long distance services and connecting coach services. Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Gulflander services is not permitted.
The pass is only available for purchase by bona fide overseas visitors to Australia, including international visitors on working holiday and student visas. Proof of non-Australian residency may be required - passport, drivers licence, home address, etc can be used to verify this.
Proof of purchase of a Queensland Explorer Pass is required when undertaking the actual travel on the long distance services.
Customers are entitled to one journey on Brisbane’s City network when in possession of a confirmed booking on the Queensland Rail Travel network to connect with a Queensland Rail Travel service.
No refund will be given once a pass has been used to commence travel, nor are refunds allowed on lost, stolen, cancelled or expired passes.
Any ticketed reservation not cancelled before scheduled departure time of the service will render that sector unavailable for future travel.
Travel is subject to Queensland Rail’s
Conditions of Carriage.
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Explorer Rail Pass Fact Sheet