Travelling between Gold Coast & Brisbane
A rail link and the Pacific Motorway (M1) connect the Gold Coast to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city.
The major rail and road (M1) link Brisbane with the Gold Coast, and are going to experience increased demand and congestion leading up to and during the Games as they are the major thoroughfares for both spectator, commuter and visitor travel.
To keep you moving and ensure you get to where you need to go we recommend you:
You may need to look at travelling outside of peak hours or using public transport instead, especially the train or private coach.
To help plan your travel from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, please use Translink's Journey Planner and also review the South East Queensland train, busway and light rail network map (PDF).
The Gold Coast train line provides a high capacity public transport connection between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
It caters for significant commuter travel to and from greater Brisbane in the morning and afternoon peak periods and also provides a convenient connection to the Brisbane International and Domestic Airports.
During GC2018 the Gold Coast train line and stations will:
- Continue to cater for the ‘business as usual’ community including the significant Brisbane – Gold Coast commuter demand.
- Provide the principal public transport connection between greater Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
- Provide spectator and workforce transport to transport hubs and venues.
- Provide direct access to Robina competition venues.
- Connect GC2018 park ‘n’ ride sites at Varsity Lakes and Beenleigh to GC2018 transport hubs and venues.
- Cater for travel between Brisbane International and Domestic Airports and the Gold Coast.
Additional train services will operate between Brisbane and the Gold Coast during peak spectator travel periods to support GC2018 demand.
For information about accessible stations, services and stops, please visit the TransLink website.
Read more about accessible travel during GC2018.
Private coach services
There are no direct public buses linking Brisbane with the Gold Coast.
Greyhound provides private coach services each day stopping at Southport, Surfers Paradise and Tweed Heads.
Please check directly with Greyhound for specific timetable details.
The Pacific Motorway (M1) connects Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is one of the key routes for athletes and officials travelling to and from the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) to competition venues in Brisbane and for spectators attending events between the cities, as well as business as usual commuting.
The safe and reliable movement of athletes, officials and spectators between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is critical to ensuring a successful event. To maximise this a range of initiatives have been designed to reduce congestion, maximise capacity and improve the reliability of the M1 for the duration of GC2018.
Many of these changes are being brought in earlier than the Games, please ensure you are familiar with the changes outlined below and their starting dates.
Trucks over 4.5 tonnes will be restricted to using the two left lanes only between Springwood and Robina. Other vehicles will be able to use lanes on the M1 as usual with no restrictions.
- Start: 1 August 2017
- Finish: Will be reviewed.
Games vehicles (athletes and officials).
Allowing vehicles carrying athletes and officials to travel along the hard shoulder (video) of the M1, under police escort where safe and at low speed, if there is severe congestion that may prevent them from arriving at an event on time.
- Start: 4 April 2018
- Finish: 18 April 2018
Reducing the speed in the 100km/h zone by 10km/h to 90km/h from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to Logan Motorway Interchange
- Start: 1 March 2018
- Finish: 17 April 2018
Reducing the speed in the 110km/h speed zone by 10km/h to 100km/h from the Logan Motorway Interchange to Smith Street (Exit 66)
- Start: 1 March 2018
- Finish: 17 April 2018
Temporary ramp management at the southbound Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street on-ramps. These will keep traffic moving at a constant pace as vehicles join the motorway.
- Start: mid-March 2018
- Finish: 15 April 2018
Additional Traffic Response Units (TRU) and towing vehicles will be deployed along key sections of the M1 to ensure incidents are cleared as quickly as possible. This will be a staged rollout and reduction, with all additional units and vehicles in place between 4-15 April 2018.
- Start: 25 March 2018
- Finish: 18 April 2018.
Travel times are expected to be significantly longer throughout the Gold Coast area. Tuesday 10 April and Saturday 14 April are expected to be the busiest across the Games period with significant delays. Please allow additional time for any journeys you must make.
Busiest times on the M1
The M1 Motorway is expected to be significantly busier than usual with long delays during the busiest periods. If you must travel on the M1 Motorway during the busy times you should be prepared for long delays so allow plenty of extra time for your journey.
Please be aware there will be operational changes to the M1 Motorway from 1 March 2018. This includes speed limit reductions and ramp management. These changes will help the overall flow of traffic but may add time to your journey. There will also be an enhanced incident response service in place to minimise delays.
Tips for traveling on the M1 Motorway toward the Gold Coast from Brisbane
- Aim to travel very early in the morning before the usual peak, during the middle part of the day from about midday to 3pm or later in the evening from 7pm.
Tips for travelling on the M1 Motorway toward Brisbane from the Gold Coast
- Aim to travel either before 3pm or from 7pm. We expect that it will be significantly busier from about 10pm.
Tips for travelling on the M1 Motorway toward the Gold Coast from New South Wales
- Aim to travel either very early in the morning before the usual peak, during the middle part of the day from about midday to 3pm or later in the evening from 7pm.
The busiest sections of the M1 Motorway are expected to be:
Beenleigh to Coomera
- The M1 in both directions from Exit 34 (Beenleigh) to Exit 54 (Coomera) is expected to be busier than usual in both directions 6am to midnight.
Coomera and Oxenford
- The M1 in both directions around Exits 54 (Coomera) and 57 (Oxenford) is expected to be busier than usual in both directions 6am to midnight.
- Exits 54 (Coomera) and 57 (Oxenford) are expected to be significantly busier than usual 8am to 6pm.
- Exit 62 (Helensvale south) is expected to be busy than usual all day.
- The M1 in both directions around Exit 62 (Helensvale South) is expected to be significantly busier from 6am to 9am 4pm-midnight.
- Exit 66 (Southport) near Smith Street is expected to be significantly busier than usual in the afternoon and evening period every day.
- The M1 in both directions around Exit 82 (Robina) is expected to be busy from 9am to midday on most days.
- The M1 in both directions near Exit 82 (Robina) is expected to be significantly busier than usual in the afternoon and evening period between 3pm-8pm every day.
- The M1 southbound near Exit 95 (Stewart Road, Currumbin/Tugun) is expected to be significantly busier than usual from 3pm to midnight for the entire Games.
- The M1 northbound near Exit 95 (Stewart Road, Currumbin/Tugun) is expected to be significantly busier than usual from 6am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm every day for the entire Games.
Travelling around the Gold Coast by road
The area will be much busier than usual as we welcome thousands of spectators to our City. Avoid making non-essential journeys by road if you can.
If your trip is essential:
- consider reducing your need to travel, such as by working from home.
- try using an alternative form of travel - walking and cycling shorter journeys could be a great option, the improved bus and tram services will be a good option too or why not car pool with others if you can.
If you do need to travel by road aim to avoid the busiest times and locations
- Southport to Broadbeach along the Gold Coast Highway and surrounding roads is expected to be significantly busier than usual in both directions throughout every day of the Games, particularly on Tuesday 10 April.
- Routes between Broadbeach and Carrara and Robina and Southport are expected to be busier than usual in both directions throughout every day of the Games, particularly on Tuesday 10 April.
- If you can only travel during the busiest periods or in the busiest areas then allow plenty of extra time for your journey and be prepared to queue.
Tips for travelling by road: Understand if you could be affected by temporary road closures
It will be necessary to temporarily close a number of roads at certain times during the Games to support delivery of the event.
The following key strategic roads will be closed for periods during the event:
- Parklands Drive (between Engineering Drive and Smith Street Motorway)
- Musgrave Avenue (between Kumbari Avenue and Sphere residential estate)
- Gold Coast Highway (between Stevens Street and Marine Parade),
- T E Peters Drive (between Gold Coast Highway and Casino Drive)
- Nerang Broadbeach Road (between Chisholm Road and Ross Street).
Other more local roads will also be closed at certain times including for the road race events that are taking place on our roads and are expected to lead to local delays. These include the Triathlon on the 5 and 7 April at Southport Broadwater Parklands, Cycling Road Race and Time Trial around Currumbin on 10 and 14 April and the Marathon (starting at Southport Broadwater Parklands) on 15 April.
Alternative routes are expected to be much busier than usual and journey times on these routes are expected to be considerably longer.
Further information on these closures including days and times will be updated closer to the event as details are confirmed.