Price hike hits public transport

SOUTH-east Queensland commuters will have to fork out even more with an increase in public transport fares starting today.

The cost of train, ferry and bus tickets within the Translink network - from Coolangatta to Gympie and inland to Helidon - will rise by 7.5%.

While the increase is half of what was planned under the former government, for long-distance commuters, including those who travel from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, the spike will mean up to $500 extra this year.

For Ipswich commuters travelling from zone 7, train fares will increase by about 50 cents per journey and cost $216 extra this year.