The Gold Coast is serviced by an integrated network of train, tram and local bus services, making public transport a great way to get around during GC2018.
As the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and with more than a million tickets sold, extra public transport services will operate during GC2018.
GC2018 timetable changes
- Trams will run 24 hours a day from 4 – 15 April, with a service every 7.5 minutes or better from 7am – 11pm.
In peak event periods there will be a tram every six minutes. Visit our dedicated Light rail (G:link) page for more details.
- 12 high frequency bus routes will run every 15 minutes or better from 7am - 7pm between 4 – 15 April.
Some routes will operate later in the evening depending on the competition schedule. The high frequency services are routes:
All other Gold Coast bus routes will run to a weekday timetable during GC2018. Visit our dedicated Local buses page for more details.
- From 5 – 15 April, Gold Coast line services will be tripled to run on average every 10 minutes or better. Between 1am – 5am, hourly services will operate.
- From 3 – 4 and 16 - 20 April, Gold Coast line trains will run every 15 minutes or better in peak periods, and every 30 minutes in off-peak periods.
Extra special event train services will also run to support the Opening and Closing Ceremonies on 4 and 15 April. Visit our dedicated Train page for more details.
To enable increased transport services on the Gold Coast for GC2018, there will be some changes to other South East Queensland public transport services. For more information about these changes, visit translink.com.au.
Park 'n' rides and commuter parking
Thirteen temporary park 'n' rides are being established across the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane, providing free parking and transport services for exclusive use by GC2018 ticketed spectators and accredited workforce.
Plan your journey
While extra services will operate, public transport will be much busier and journeys may take longer. Use our interactive map planning tool to see how your travel in your area each day of GC2018 may be affected.
As every day of the Games will be different, you will need to plan your public transport travel in advance.
If you're heading to the Games, use the GC2018 Journey Planner.
For all other travel and timetable information, use the TransLink journey planner.
Tickets and fares
Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network.
The free travel period ends at 3am on the day after your event and is not available on Airtrain services.
If you aren’t travelling to the Games or are attending an unticketed event, you will need to pay for your public transport travel. Visit the TransLink website for ticketing and fare information.
To support Games transport operations, some existing public transport facilities will change to become GC2018 Transport Hubs.
The hubs, which will connect Games travellers with dedicated event shuttle services travelling to specific GC2018 venues, are expected to be very busy throughout the Games with a significant increase in passengers on the network.
There will be eight GC2018 Transport Hubs on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, located at:
- Coomera station
- Helensvale station
- Nerang station
- Varsity Lakes station
- Gold Coast University Hospital station
- Broadbeach South station
- the Surfers Paradise precinct (including Peninsular Drive and Cavill Avenue station)
- Carindale station (Brisbane).
Read more about travel to the games on the GC2018 website.
Significant changes are required to transform these transport facilities into GC2018 Transport Hubs. During the Games, you can expect to see crowd control barriers, customer queuing systems and temporary fencing systems in place at these locations. Such measures are required to meet GC2018 safety and security requirements.
At some hubs there may also be temporary changes to parking, local bus, taxi and passenger drop-off/pick-up areas. All GC2018 Transport Hubs will be staffed from early morning until late evening, and wayfinding signage will be in place to help you navigate the areas.