Public Transport., Gold Coast
By Air : The Domestic airport is at Coolangatta, at the southern end of the Gold Coast and services flights from major Australian cities and regional centres. International flights arrive at Brisbane Airport and there is a coach transfer or taxi's that will take you to your Gold Coast accommodation.
By Rail : A suburban rail service runs from downtown Brisbane through Helensvale and Beenleigh to the Gold Coast. You can then catch a coach from the Roma St Transit Centre in Brisbane to the Gold Coast. There is a direct overnight train from Sydney to Murwillumbah and then you can catch a coach to any major centre on the Gold Coast. Daily interstate coach services arrive and depart from the Surfers Paradise Bus Station
By Bus : If you are not driving yourself, there are buses which operate a 24 hr service along the highway. There is a surfside bus which runs Monday to Saturday from 6.00am – 7.00pm.
Monorail runs from The Oasis Shopping Centre to The Casino at Broadbeach.
Pedicab : This service is fairly inexpensive and operates mainly around Surfers.
Public Buses are few and far between. There is this Translink Bus Service that offers city bus service and covers all tourist attractions. They have scheduled stops and is good for local movement.
The bus fares are like this
Surfers Paradise to Brisbane: from a$9.50
Surfers Paradise to Tweed Heads/Coolangatta from A$4.20
One can save by purchasing the Translink Daily (one day ticket) or off peak tickets or weekly tickets.
These buses ply only in the main roads and the frequency gets poorer after 1900 hrs.
Trains run at regular intervals from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Bus connections to Surfers Paradise are available from the Helensvale and Robina stations.
Phone the Trans Info Hotline on 13 1230 for up to date information on train and bus services. Bus connections are also available from Nerang Railway Station to Surfers Paradise. Visit the Queensland Rail website for a current train timetable.
The estimated travelling time from Robina to Brisbane is 60 minutes. Trains run from approximately 5am till midnight.
Gold Coast bus services run 24 hours a day and can get you to at least the main street of most suburbs and shopping centres.
Services throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed are operated by Surfside Buslines which offer a 24 hour service along the highway. Look for the stops at 300 metre intervals.
Timetables are available through the Surfside Buslines website.
To catch the bus you need to wait at a bus stop and hail the bus as it approaches you. You need to have the cash fare, ticket and your concession card ready as you board.
Express buses to the theme parks are also available from Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Southport to Runaway Bay.
Connections to Queensland Rail services are made at Robina Station, Nerang Station and Helensvale Station.
During my stay, I found the public transport in Surfers to be pretty good. Buses come very frequently, and it is one of the easiest ways to get somewhere in the area!
I found that not many had wheelchair access (therefore making life pretty difficult with balancing a pram, a kid, and ten million shopping bags) but as I have mentioned earlier, the Gold Coasters are such a friendly mob that I was never short of somebody offering me a hand. In fact, on one occasion I hadn't even started attempting to board the bus when a young lad of about 15-16 hopped out and helped us on.
Just when I thought good manners had died, people like him lift my spirits.
Don't get the bus from Coolongatta to your hotel. It stops about 100 times. it took ages.
Avoid the courtesy bus to the theme parks as well. Again, they stop everywhere and take ages.
I didn't realize how far the theme parks were. about 20km to Movie World and WentNWild, futher to DreamWorld. SeaWorld is only about 1km from central Gold Coast.
I recommend a hire care. or a public bus.
Explore the Gold Coast with a 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights as you hop on or hop off at any of the 20 stops and you can visit such places as Seaworld, Pacific Fair, Marina Mirage, Tedder Avenue, Hard Rock Cafe, Infinity, The Wax Museum, Ripleys and the Casino.
Listen to the English commentary and learn interesting facts. Spend as much or as little time at places of interest before jumping aboard for the next stop!
The easiest way is now by Rail.
Electric Trains depart half hourly (or more at peak times) from Brisbane, with most originating/terminating at Brisbane Airport. Connecting Busses at Helensvale run all along the coast to Tweed Heads. Busses from Nerang Station run to Southport and Pacific Fair. Busses from Robina Station run to Pacific Fair, Burleigh Heads and all points south. You can buy through tickets, but a worthwhile option is to get a day/week ticket (now called "EZY pass") from the station because it can be used to get around also, refer to the website below for prices.
There are 3 Suncoast bus services, plus about 6 Greyhound busses daily from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.
On occasions, a ferry cruise also runs. I hope this will become regular in the future because the trip runs through extensive waterways, which you otherwise need a private boat to visit.
Basically the transportation system is quite good now between the Pacific Highway corridor and the coast. If going to the hinterland there is little option but day tours or car rental, but both are inexpensive (generally about $40 per day).
The gold coast airport acually is in NSW, but that can be overlooked, you can also take the bus or train there.
Take the bus, they go very frequently, or if you are staying close to the centre, just walk.
Public Transport on the Gold Coast is probably the worst in the country. Although the coast now has three different train stations - they are at least 20 mins drive from the main Gold Coast Highway (along the beach). You will find the easiest way to get around is by bus, but the don't go that regularly. This is one thing the Gold Coast needs to work on!
Includes daily timetable
To get prices / timetables on trains around Gold Coast, from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and from Gold Coast to Brisbane Aiports (both Domestic and International)
From Brisbane there are buses (about $14) or trains ($5 on weekends). Its about a 45 minute drive by car and same by train. Buses fart around as usual and take longer. Flights can land in Coolangatta and there are shuttle buses up to Surfers Paradise or catch the regular bus system on the highway just outside the airport. Though Coolangatta is my favourite beach (and if you drown - I may just try to save you!!), so stick around for a bit. If you land in Brissy and decide to head straight down the coast (tut tut) there are shuttle buses from their to Surfers for about $22.
The Gold Coast (well parts you'll be visiting anyways)runs along the first 3 streets from the beach really. A bus runs up and down the coast (all the way to the Tweed) 24 hours a day ad I think it costs up to $3 - depending on how far - not sure.? Walk the beach, ride a bike or rollerbalde (there are bikeways running along alot of the beach). Car rental is about $35 a day an dyou can get some cute topless cars and minibubble things. Heaps of tourist go the scooter option, though unless you have good insurance and strong knees I'd avoid them - somehow they just attract accidents.
Journey to Gold Coast start from here.
You can take bus or taxi for main area. Surf side bus or shuttle bus are available. It takes 30mins and price is $13. Taxi is about $35 for Surfers Paradise.