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The Gold Coast's light rail stations are unique to any other tram station in Australia. Known as G:link, the Light Rail tram system's first stop is at the Gold Coast University Hospital and connects commuting passengers to 16 stations across 13 kilometres, through Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with the bus network at safe interchanges.


The Train on the Gold Coast begins at Varsity Lakes Station and finishes up on the Gold Coast at Ormeau Station. It continues its journey up to the Brisbane CBD and terminates at Brisbane Domestic Airport. The trip between the Gold Coast and Brisbane takes around 1 hour to complete.

The price of fares is based on the number of zones you cross during your journey. Prices will vary depending on whether you've got a concession, peak times and if you are using a go card or paper ticket.


The bus system will get around to most Gold Coast suburbs, with the majority of bus routes taking you to the train stations, major shopping centres and some attractions.

While the outer suburbs have regular bus services, they are not as common as those that journey along the Gold Coast Highway.

For this reason buses are great for the main tourist areas, but difficult to rely on if you are travelling outside of the existing hub, such as the Gold Coast Hinterland. Fares will take you back about $4.60 for a one way journey through 1 zone, but a Go Card will make this a little cheaper.


Gold Coast Cabs provide direct door to door public transport for locals and visitors from Ormeau to Coolangatta. Priced competitively Gold Coast Cabs deliver service 24 hours 365 days a year.

Flat rate airport direct transfer specials are also available to Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Sanctuary Cove hotels.

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Uber is also available in the Gold Coast area.


Hiring a rental car is one of the best ways to get around the Gold Coast if you are here on holiday. The public transport system is good but it won't take you everywhere and there are heaps of things to see and do which are outside the existing public transport system (in the Hinterland especially).

When car rental prices start from around $20 a day (depending on how far in advance you book), it's usually cheaper and more practical to hire your own vehicle. There are car hire companies throughout the Gold Coast, including at the Airport, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Southport and more.


Passengers have the option of using their Go Card, purchasing one way paper tickets or having the option of purchasing a Go Explore card.  The Go Explore card is perfect for tourists and allows you unlimited transport for the day and is rechargeable up to 8 times.  A Day Ticket will cost you $10.  

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TransLink’s integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G:link trams, Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail.

Routes 777 and 760 depart from the airport with various stops:

Route 777 is a limited stop service, taking you to Broadbeach South tram station, where you can transfer on platform to the G:link for Surfers Paradise, Southport or other bus routes. Route 777 runs every 15 minutes from 7:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week.

Route 760 connects the airport to Varsity Lakes Train Station, departing half hourly.

For those guests visiting the Gold Coast, the ‘Gold Coast go explore‘ pass is available from the Airport and is easy to use.