Getting around our city
City of Gold Coast (City) works in partnership with TransLink to provide public transport options including scheduled bus, train and tram services, and community and complementary transport services. We provide $6 million annually to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to improve the public transport network in the city.
With the introduction of the G: light rail system you now have three modes of public transport to choose from: buses, trains and trams. This represents an important milestone in delivering the next generation of public transport as outlined in the Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031.
Get to know your network: planning your journey
The TransLink Journey Planner will help you to plan your trip and provides fare and timetable information.
Use a go card electronic ticket to travel on all bus, train, tram and ferry services in South East Queensland. It entitles you to travel savings and discounts. Transferring between modes involves touching on and off at the beginning and end of each trip with your go card.
Passengers can also access South East Queensland’s public transport network via Google Transit.
Some bus services finish at the G: where you can transfer onto a connecting tram to complete your journey.
There are more than 60 bus routes in the city including turn up and go services, 700, 704, 705, 709, 740, 750 and 777 that operate every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week.
For information on bus routes and timetables, please visit TransLink's website.
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.
The new G: light rail system operates from 5am to midnight on weekdays and throughout weekends. The route links Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with a 7.5 minute service between 7am and 7pm weekdays.
The City provides community transport options to assist eligible residents with complementary transport.
- Free Seniors Bus Travel Initiative
The City is continuing the Free Seniors Bus Travel Initiative to 30 June 2016. To apply, you can download an application form, phone 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or collect an application form at a Customer Service Centre. Find the application form for the Free Seniors Bus Travel Initiative below.
- 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 the wellbeing of our seniors. Whether shopping or socialising, a trip out of the house is a welcome break for many people.
- Jacobs Well to Beenleigh bus service
In partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the City provides a weekly service, through Logan Coaches, connecting residents of Jacobs Well to services at Beenleigh Marketplace.
- Oncology patient transport
The City funds oncology patient transport services enabling 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.
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.
- 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.
- Airports and airlines
- Bus stop disability access upgrade
- Council Cab Service
- Council Community Bus Services
- Cycling in the City of Gold Coast
- Free Seniors Bus Travel Initiative
- Light rail