The 4 best ways to travel to the Ekka

We’ve created the ultimate transport guide for the best way to get to the Show.

(1) Public transport

As reported by 7 News Brisbane, public transport will be the easiest and most efficient way to get to the Ekka. Trains arrive and depart from Exhibition Station, in the heart of the Brisbane Showgrounds, and dedicated Ekka buses will stop close to entry gates.

For just $6 adults can purchase a one-day return travel ticket from anywhere on the TransLink network. Children or concession card holders can purchase the same ticket for $3.

Simply present your pre-purchased Ekka entry ticket at a Queensland Rail station during ticket office opening hours, or on any bus or ferry.

Trains:

Trains to Exhibition Station will run regularly in both directions between Roma Street, Central and Fortitude Valley from around 9am to 8pm each day. The last one-way train will leave Exhibition Station at 11pm.

The steam train will also run from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 16 August for the Ekka Show Holiday.

Alternatively, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills train stations are a short walk to the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Shuttle buses:

Shuttle buses will run from Carindale Bus Interchange and Eight Mile Plains Busway to Herston Busway Station throughout the event. Herston’s a 10 minute walk from entry gates six and seven along a dedicated path.

(2) Walk or cycle

The Brisbane Showgrounds can be accessed on foot via any of the seven entry gates.

Secure bike racks will be located down Carriage Way next to Rydges Hotel, in the car park.

All entry gates into the Ekka are wheelchair accessible, however, the official drop-off point is through Gate 1.

(3) Taxis and ridesharing

Taxi ranks will be established on O’Connell Terrace and Costin Street. An Uber pick-up zone will be located on Machinery Street with access from St Paul’s Terrace into King Street.

(4) Drive the car

We’d recommend Ekka-goers leave the car at home and take public transport to the event because parking will be limited, expensive and roads surrounding Brisbane Showgrounds will be closed during the event.

If taking the car is a necessity, then there are several different parking options available near the venue.

Secure Parking – Valley Metro, Fortitude Valley:

  • Weekday (all day) = $30 – redeem promo code: EKKAWD
  • Evening (after 4pm) = $12 – no promo code required
  • Evening (after 6pm) = $6 – redeem promo code: EKKAE
  • Weekend and Ekka Show Holiday = $20 – redeem promo code: EKKAW.

Secure Parking – Chinatown and McWhirters, Fortitude Valley:

  • Weekday (all day) = $25 – redeem promo code: EKKAWD2
  • Evening (after 4pm) = $12 – no promo code required
  • Evening (after 6pm) = $6 – redeem promo code: EKKAE
  • Weekend and Ekka Show Holiday = $12 – no promo code required.

King Street parking

Brisbane Showgrounds’ newest car parking facility with 300 car parks, located along Machinery Street, just off King Street.

  • 24/7 = $30 – no promo code required (flat rate).

Victoria Park Sports Ground – Herston

Entrance off Gilchrist Avenue and features 800 car parks.

  • 30am to 10pm daily = $15.

Fortitude Valley State School

Entrance off St Pauls Terrace, features 200 car parks and open to the public until 20 August, 2017.

  • 6am to late = $30.

Parking restrictions

Motorists can park in the Brisbane Central Traffic Area for a maximum of two hours on unsigned streets, unless there are parking meters or signs showing otherwise.

The two hour limit applies:

  • Monday to Friday – 7am to 6pm
  • Saturday – 7am to midday.

Signs for the Brisbane Central Traffic Area are located on the area boundaries.

Road closures

There will be several road closures around the Brisbane Showgrounds during the Ekka. Anyone wanting to drive in and around the area should plan their journey in advance by using RACQ’s Road Conditions.

  • Gregory Terrace between Costin Street and Exhibition Street – full closure from 4am Wednesday 2 August to and including 10pm Thursday 24 August
  • King Street between Machinery Street and Gregory Terrace – full closure from 4am Wednesday 2 August to and including 10pm Thursday 24 August
  • Costin Street to Machinery Street – no left turn. Side road closed into Machinery Street from Friday 11 August to and including Sunday 20 August
  • Exhibition Street between Gregory Terrace and St Pauls Terrace – one way only from Gregory Terrace to St Pauls Terrace from 4am Wednesday 2 August to and including 10pm Thursday 24 August
  • Brookes Street between O’Connell Terrace and Gregory Terrace – no right turn from Brookes Street into Gregory Terrace from 4am Wednesday 2 August to and including 10pm Thursday 24 August
  • Gregory Terrace between Bowen Bridge Road and Costin Street – half road closure (RNA side) two-way traffic to be maintained under contraflow arrangements from 4am Wednesday 9 August to and including 11.59pm Sunday 20 August
  • Costin Street between Gregory Terrace and Carriage Way – parking lane closure (RNA side) from 11pm Thursday 10 August to and including 11pm Sunday 20 August
  • Brookes Street between Gregory Terrace and O’Connell Terrace – parking lane closure (RNA side) from 11pm Thursday 10 August to and including 11pm Sunday 20 August
  • O’Connell Terrace between Brookes Street and Tufton Street – parking lane closure (both sides) from 11pm Wednesday 2 August to and including 11pm Sunday 20 August
  • O’Connell Terrace between Tufton Street and Bowen Bridge Road – parking lane closure (RNA Side) from 11pm Thursday 10 August to and including 11pm Sunday 20 August
  • O’Connell Terrace between Brookes Street and Bowen Bridge Road – one way traffic from Brookes Street to Bowen Bridge Road between the hours of 5am and 9.30pm on Sunday 13 August for cattle bump out
  • Bowen Bridge Road between Campbell Street and Gregory Terrace – single lane closures nightly from Friday 11 August to Sunday 20 August between 8pm and11pm, if deemed required by Queensland Police Service
  • Gregory Terrace – left in and left out only on all drive ways on Gregory Terrace – no right hand turns unless coming out of Anderson Street onto Gregory Terrace.