The cheapest and most efficient way to make 10 journeys on your go-card is to travel in one zone where service frequencies are highest. The best place in Brisbane is in Zone 1 between Mater Hill station and the Cultural Centre station. Because the go-card system does not recognise or police return journeys on your go-card you can travel back and forth along the busway without any problems. And the very stingy 3 transfer limit means you can complete a journey by hoping from bus to bus.
When catching buses outbound from the Cultural Centre station be sure to avoid catching the 192, 196, 197, 199, City Glider, or the 202 as they travel down Melbourne St. Also avoid any bus with 3, 4, or 5 as the first number.
The new off peak fare for 1 zone is $2.44. Ten journeys is therefore $24.40 and a new go-card is $5. For the sum total of $29.40 I was able to reach the 10 journey cap and was able to sell it to a backpacker who can travel with it for free for the next 6.5 days! They could even use it for a trip to the coast then sell it on.
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