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Public Transport

Council works in partnership with the community and TransLink to provide a number of public transport options from Council bus and taxi services to heavy rail.

Public transport

Getting around our city

City of Gold Coast (City) works in partnership with TransLink to provide public transport options including scheduled bus and train services and community and complementary transport services. Light rail is scheduled to commence in mid 2014.

The Gold Coast has a new public transport network from Monday, 20 January 2014.

The changes provide more services where they’re needed most, improve reliability, make better connections between bus and train services, and get the city ready for light rail.

Planning your journey

  • The TransLink Journey Planner is an option to plan your trip and provides fare and timetable information. Use a go card electronic ticket to travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, train and ferry services in South East Queensland. It entitles you to travel savings and discounts.
  • Passengers can now access South East Queensland's entire public transport network via Google Transit. It's fast, convenient and easy to use.

Scheduled public transport services

Find the link to our Airlines page below for information on Gold Coast air services.


  • Surfside Buses travel throughout the city and beyond almost 24 hours a day. Timetable information is available through TransLink.
  • The City is trialling free bus travel for eligible seniors (Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 3.30pm) until Friday 29 August 2014. To apply you can download an application, phone 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or collect an application at a Customer Contact Centre.
  • We're upgrading over 1500 bus stops to meet requirements under the Disability Standards for Access to Public Transport (DSAPT) (2002).
  • Our late-night bus service to help you get home cheaply and safely after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.


Queensland Rail trains connect major centres on the Gold Coast including Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes and also serve Ormeau and Coomera. Trains run at regular intervals to and from Brisbane with bus connections to Surfers Paradise, Southport and Broadbeach. Timetable information is available through TransLink.

Light rail

The Gold Coast light rail is one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in Australia, and indeed the largest ever undertaken in our city. Stage 1 is scheduled to commence operation mid 2014.

Find the link to the GoldLinQ website below.

Community transport

The City provides community transport options to assist eligible residents with complementary transport.

  • Council Cab Services
    Our Council Cab Service assists older people and those with a disability with travel to their local shopping centre. Getting out and about is important for your wellbeing. Whether shopping or socialising, a trip out of the house is a welcome break for many people.

  • Oncology patient transport
    Our funding for oncology patient transport services enable cancer patients to attend local hospitals for treatment. Patients who are too sick to drive and have no family or friends to assist them may be eligible to use the service. Patients require a referral from their oncology specialist and carers are welcome to accompany patients. To book contact Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services on 07 5526 5288.

  • Jacobs Well to Beenleigh Bus Service
    The City provides a weekly service, through Logan Coaches, connecting residents of Jacobs Well to services at Beenleigh Marketplace.
    For timetable information find the link to the Logan Coaches website below.

Complementary services

  • Taxis
    Taxis on the Gold Coast can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at designated taxi ranks. Gold Coast Cabs can also be booked directly on 131 008 or via the Gold Coast Cabs website

  • Car sharing
    Car sharing is available at Burleigh, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport with Hertz 24/7. Car sharing allows members to book a nearby vehicle for a short time, unlock it with a membership card, and later return the vehicle at the end of the booking. Unlike hiring a car, car share works for short term uses for a couple of hours. The City is supporting the trial service by providing 12 dedicated car spaces for two years.
    For more information find the link to the Hertz website below.

  • Ferries and water taxis
    There are a number of private ferries and water taxis operating in the city. We are currently requesting information from ferry service providers about the opportunity to provide an iconic service for our expansive waterway network.
    For further information find the link to the Gold Coast ferry service business opportunity brochure below.

More information

Email: and for bus stop related enquiries email:

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