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Public transport

Heading home after the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 15 April? Visit our Closing Ceremony and Celebrations page.

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.

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.

Read more about getting to and from GC2018 venues.

Free travel on public transport

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.

In Cairns and Townsville, free travel will be available on TransLink and qconnect bus services. Just show your GC2018 ticket upon boarding to access free travel.

Travel on Surfside Busline services operating in the NSW Tweed Shire region is covered by your ticket to the Games – just show your event ticket when boarding the bus.Visit transportnsw.info for details.

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.

Light rail (G:link)

Tram (G:Link) and Surfside bus

  • Trams will run 24 hours a day from 1 – 15 April for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). 
  • From 1 – 3 April, the usual weekday and weekend tram timetables will apply from 5am – midnight. Between midnight and 5am, trams will run every 30 minutes on all nights.
  • Between 4 - 15 April, our high frequency GC2018 timetable will be in place with a tram every 7.5 minutes or better from 7am – 11pm.

Visit our dedicated Light rail (G:link) page for more details.

Bus

  • From 4 – 15 April, 12 high frequency bus routes will run every 15 minutes or better from 7am - 7pm.

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.

Train

  • 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 April 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.
  • On 4 and 15 April, extra special event train services will also run to support the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Visit our dedicated Train page for more details.

Accessible travel

Most public transport services are accessible, with dedicated spaces available for wheelchairs and mobility devices on most busestrains and light rail (G:Link).

If you have an accessibility requirement and plan to use public transport during the Games, you’ll need to ensure your mobility device meets the criteria for size, height, weight and manoeuvrability as specified in the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.

Each of the GC2018 Transport Hubs and Park ‘n’ Rides will have staff available to assist passengers with accessibility requirements. If you require assistance during your journey, please alert a staff member.

Companion Card holders receive a second ‘companion' ticket at no charge at participating venues and on public transport.

Visit our Accessible travel page for more details and find out about accessibility transport options to venues.

Plan your journey

The GC2018 Journey Planner and Interactive Map are no longer available following the conclusion of the Games.

To plan your journey on public transport, use the TransLink Journey Planner.

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.

Park 'n' rides and commuter parking

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.

Visit our dediated Park 'n' rides page for more details, including changes to commuter parking.

Station changes and Transport Hubs

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.

Each Transport Hub will service different venues, download the GC2018 Shuttle Bus diagram (PDF 72KB) for more details.

Details of the GC2018 Transport Hubs on the Gold Coast and Brisbane are included in the table below.

Transport hub Connecting TransLink services Venues serviced
Coomera station
  • Train
  • Local buses
  • Coomera Indoor Sports Stadium
Helensvale station
  • Train
  • Tram
  • Local buses
  • Oxenford Studios
  • Optus Aquatic Centre
  • Southport Broadwater Parklands
  • Gold Coast Hockey Centre
Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Tram
  • Local bus 
  • Gold Coast Hockey Centre
Nerang station
  • Train
  • Local bus 
  • Carrara Stadium
  • Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
  • Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre
  • Broadbeach Bowls Club
  • Nerang Forest
Broadbeach South station
  • Tram
  • Local bus 
  • Carrara Stadium
  • Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
  • Robina Stadium
Surfers Paradise (Peninsular Drive)
  • Local bus 
  • Carrara Stadium
Varsity Lakes station
  • Train
  • Local bus 
  • Coolangatta Beachfront
Carindale station
  • Local bus 
  • Anne Meares Velodrome
  • Belmont Shooting Centre
Brisbane CBD
  • Train
  • Local bus 
  • Anna Meares Velodrome
  • Belmont Shooting Centre

 

Read more about travel to the games on our Getting to and from venues page.

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.

Drop-off and pickup zones

Drop-off and pick-up zones

On-demand transport services will play an important role during GC2018, with 11 days of world class sporting competition on our doorstep. To Get Set for this exciting event, dedicated passenger pick-up and drop-off zones are being established across the Gold Coast for:

  • taxis
  • booked hire services (including Uber and Go Catch)
  • limousines
  • coaches.

If you are an operator for one of the above services, visit the Personalised transport services page for locations of GC2018 passenger pick-up and drop-off zones as well as changes to existing zones.

If you are going to the Games or Festival 2018 and are considering using one of these services, visit the Drop-off and pickup page for more information.

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