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Travel by public transport

Travel by public transport

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 include:

  • Tram (G:link):
    • 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.
  • Local bus:
    • 12 high frequency bus routes will run every 15 minutes or better between 7am and 7pm from 4 – 15 April. Some routes will operate later in the evening depending on the competition schedule.
  • Train:
    • Gold Coast line services will be tripled to run on average every 10 minutes or better from 5 – 15 April. 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.

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

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 using TransLink’s journey planner.

If you’re heading to the Games, a dedicated GC2018 Journey Planner will be available soon.

Ticket 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.

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.

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.

Station changes

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 seven GC2018 Transport Hubs on the Gold Coast 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).

In Brisbane, Carindale station will also become a GC2018 Transport Hub.

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.

Commuter parking

There will be temporary changes to commuter parking at some existing park ‘n‘ rides on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane for GC2018.

Locations include:

  • Parkwood station (ticketed GC2018 spectator pre-booked parking only) from Wednesday 28 March to Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Robina station (full car park closure) from Friday 13 –  Sunday 15 April 2018
  • Helensvale station (reduced parking)
  • Nerang station (full eastern car park closure)
  • Sleeman Centre, Chandler (no parking for public transport users) from Sunday 25 March to Sunday 15 April 2018.

We’re currently finalising when these parking changes will be in place at the Helensvale and Nerang stations. Please continue to check this information for updates in the lead up to GC2018. 

If you usually park ‘n’ ride from these locations, we ask you to please plan ahead and seek alternative travel arrangements during these times.

All park ‘n’ rides are expected to be much busier, especially those on the Gold Coast train line during GC2018. To help keep the city moving, you will need to make some changes to the way you travel.

During GC2018, please consider:

  • walking or cycling to your closest station or bus stop
  • connecting with your usual station by bus or G:link light rail – during the Games public transport will travel more often
  • being dropped to a station or a bus stop by a family member or friend.

We thank you for your understanding while the Gold Coast hosts this once in a lifetime event.

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