UQ is committed to providing the University community with access to effective, diverse, and sustainable transportation options.  UQ is actively pursuing the reduction of transport related greenhouse emissions, to relieve parking and traffic congestion and to foster a healthy lifestyle by encouraging public transport, walking and cycling as viable alternatives to driving to UQ.

What you can do

1. If it's only a short trip, take a walk
2. Ride a bike, bicycle storage is available free on campus
3. Utilise public transport, catch a bus, ferry or train
4. Car pool, you can save money and the environment
5. Consider whether you really need to drive, each litre of petrol consumed emits 2.5kg of greenhouse gas
6. Replace business travel with videoconferencing wherever possible

Walk or ride to Uni

  • Walking is the most sustainable form of transport!
  • If you need to go further why not ride a bike. The St Lucia campus is easily accessible by bicycle with bicycle parking available and a safe riverside bicycle and pedestrian path connecting the campus to the central city. For more information visit Cycling @ UQ

Public transport and getting to and from UQ

gocard bus travel benefit 

  • UQ staff have access to the Translink go Bus Travel Benefit card.  The card enables staff to salary package the cost of to and from work bus travel and works the same as a go card.  For more information visit UQ Salary Packaging.
  • The Queensland Government Translink website provides information about getting to and from the St Lucia and Gatton campuses quickly and conveniently via bus, train or ferry. 
  • Click on the relevant links below for transport information for individual UQ campuses:
  • Take advantage of the Intercampus Express Bus Service links the St Lucia and Gatton campuses and the Long Pocket site


  • By choosing to travel with others your vehicle operating costs and parking fees are shared. It also has a positive impact on the environment.

Drive sustainably

If you do need to drive limited parking is available on campus for staff, students and visitors.  This is extremely limited during teaching periods and the University encourages use of public transport, walking and cycling as alternative modes of transport.

Tips for sustainable driving:

  • A well-maintained car can use significantly less petrol (and so have a smaller environmental impact) than the same left unmaintained. The way you drive the car also has an impact on the car's fuel consumption.
  • Accelerating and breaking smoothly reduces wear and tear on brakes, tyres and other parts of the engine, which decreases maintenance costs and reduces materials going to landfill.
  • Look ahead in traffic and anticipate stops. Don’t accelerate unnecessarily, as each time you push the accelerator pedal you use up fuel.
  • Don’t drive faster than the speed limit.  Higher speeds consume more fuel and are unsafe.
  • Remove excess weight from the vehicle, such as unnecessary roof racks or cargo, and keep windows up to reduce drag and improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
  • Avoid peak hour and congested driving routes.
  • Use cruise control on highways, and select the right gear in manual vehicles.  For more information on driving sustainably visit RACQ’s greener motoring website.
  • Use air-conditioning sparingly.  Running the air-con continuously while driving will increase fuel consumption.
  • Plan your day effectively. Have a meeting? Plan it to coincide with your trip in to work or on your way home.
  • Buy a small or hybrid car. See the Green Vehicle Guide for more information.

Business meetings and travel

  • Consolidate business travel with others eg sharing taxis and fleet vehicles for common trips.
  • Use teleconferencing or videoconferencing as an alternative to business travel.  Information Technology Services (ITS) provides video conference facilities for one-on-one, small or large groups.  Find out more about Setting up your own videoconference

Sustainable transport initiatives

  • The Intercampus Express Bus Service links the St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses.  A separate service links the St Lucia campus with the Long Pocket site.
  • Increasing and upgrading bicycle racks
  • Installation of new End of Trip Bicycle Facilities (Multi Level Car Park, Advanced Engineering Building, Global Change Institute)
  • Refurbishment of the Red Room End of Trip Bicycle Facility
  • Replacement of petrol and diesel fleet vehicles with Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Link UQ bicycle lanes to BCC infrastructure


Useful links


Transport Systems - more information

Electric Vehicle Fast Charge Stations

As part of UQ’s commitment to sustainable transport, The University of Queensland has recently installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the St Lucia and

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