Southeast Queensland's scrapped daily paper transport tickets will effectively be brought back – but only for Ekka goers.
Plans to improve ticketing options for those attending the Brisbane show follow major transport problems for Ekka visitors last year.
Early last year, the former state government scrapped all paper tickets except those for single journeys in a bid to push public transport users onto the electronic Go Card system.
But the removal of daily paper tickets meant many people leaving the Ekka last August had to buy another single ticket before catching a train from the Exhibition railway station.
Following complaints about long queues at the station, TransLink last year told travellers to buy two single tickets on their way to the show and the two-hour expiry time would be ignored.
The Newman government will today announce a new approach for this year's Ekka, which effectively brings back a version of the old daily ticket for show goers.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Ekka ticket holders would be able to purchase a special show travel ticket for $6 (adults) or $3 (concession).
The prices would be the same regardless of zones travelled in southeast Queensland.
“Whether you are coming from Robina or Rosalie the special Ekka travel ticket means show-goers only have to pay $6 for adults and $3 for concession,” Mr Emerson said in a statement.
“A family of four purchasing the travel tickets rather than normal paper tickets from the Gold Coast, could save $85 and avoid the queues at Ekka station after the fireworks for the return trip home.”
Mr Emerson said the tickets would be available from all attended Queensland Rail stations and on bus and ferry services upon presentation of a valid Ekka entry ticket.
The special deal would not apply to people who chose to use their Go Cards.
However, Mr Emerson said those using their Go Card would no longer face a $1.30 surcharge which previously applied to train passengers travelling between Ekka station and the CBD.
He said the special travel ticket was designed to avoid a repeat of the “chaotic situation” at the Exhibition station last year.
“I spoke to a number of upset families at last year's Ekka that were weighed down with show bags and tired children and waited more than 30 minutes to purchase a ticket home,” he said.
“TransLink and the RNA have been able to work together to deliver an affordable option to benefit the 200,000 people who used public transport last year.”
The ticket will be valid on regular TransLink services and any additional bus and train services added for the event.
To be able to purchase the travel ticket, Ekka goers would have to have already pre-purchased their show entry tickets at www.ekka.com.au.
This year's Ekka runs from August 9 to 18.