Leave the car at home and take advantage of the free public transport travel included with your ticket and GOLDOC workforce and official accreditations.
During the Games, extra local buses, train and G:link light rail services will run, making it easier for you to travel to events and explore the local surrounds. Most services will run every 15 minutes or better in peak periods, meaning you can just turn up and go.
To travel for free on public transport, simply show your Games ticket, or GOLDOC workforce accreditation when boarding. Free travel can only be accessed on the day of your event, until 3am the next day and does not include travel on the Airtrain service, and any bus charters that are privately-owned and operated which set its own fares, service levels and timetables.
Free public transport for ticketed spectators will be available on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on TransLink’s South East Queensland public transport network.
In Cairns and Townsville free travel will be available on TransLink and qconnect bus services.
Walking to your venue during the Games will give you the chance to take in the Games and the event cities all in one. Walking is a free, healthy and accessible alternative to using a car. Many of the venues and Festival 2018 locations are within walking distance of Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and other coastal accommodation hubs. There are many easy to follow routes that will connect you across the coast and the dedicated signage will guide you to your venue. For more information on walking to your venue plan your journey here.
Cycling will be one of the easiest and most scenic ways to get around the Gold Coast during the Games. To assist with your cycling journey, a number of cycle park locations have been set up close to competition venues and Festival 2018 celebration precincts. Cycling to venues is much easier than you may think and offers an easy and fun way of getting to your event. You could make a day of it by combining a cycle trip to local visitor attractions and Festival 2018 on the way to or from your event.
Cycle parking locations
Cycle parking locations are indicated on each specific venue spectator guide.
Cycle locks are not supplied, so please bring one with you.
Please see below a list of cycle parking which is located close to competition venues and celebration precincts:
Broadbeach Bowls Club
- Neilsen Family Park, opposite Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club
Broadbeach Convention Centre
- Senior Citizens Centre, T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters
Broadbeach Celebration Zone
- Road reserve opposite King-Tide Apartments on Broadbeach Boulevard
- Pratten Park between Charles Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach
Carrara Stadium and Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
- West of Nerang Broadbeach Road and Gold Coast Sports Centre
- South of the Birmingham Road and Nerang Broadbeach Road intersection
Coomera Indoor Sports and Leisure Centre
- Eastern side of Dreamworld Parkway opposite Whitewater Way
- Coomera Sports Park, east of AFL Oval
Surfers Paradise Festival 2018 Celebration Zone
- South of Clifford Street in the park section, east of Northcliffe Terrace
- Laws and Hamilton Park, south - south-west of the intersection of Trickett Street
- Within Park, opposite 26 The Esplanade (Grosvenor Apartments), Surfers Paradise
Optus Aquatic Centre at Southport
- West of Broadwater swimming enclosures
- Cloyne Road Car Park ,eastern section
- Northern section of Carey Park, north-east of Australia Fair
Southport – China Town
- North-east of the intersection at Young Street and Garden Street, located in the parking bay on-street
Southport – road events
- Pioneer Park, section north of Broad Street and Marine Parade intersection
- Hall Park, south of Loders Creek and west of existing shared path
- Robina Station Road, Robina - Queensland Rail Bus Interchange
- South of Roadshow Way (Outback Spectacular Access), east of shared path
Nerang Mountain Bike Trails
- Road reserve on the south-west side of Price Street, Nerang
- Yarrayne Road Reserve at the corner of Yarrayne Road and Mylor Street
Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Labrador
- Musgrave Park, at intersection of Musgrave Avenue and Kumbari Avenue
- Western side of Musgrave Football Soccer Clubhouse
Currumbin - road events
- Currumbin Sanctuary carpark
- Preston Park, between M1 and Sarawak Green Bridge
- Roughton Park - West of Kirra Surf Club
- North of the intersection of Marine Parade and McDonald Street
Games Family Hotel
- West of Sheraton Mirage Golden Door
Commonwealth Games Village
- West of Parklands and Engineering Drive intersection
Plan your route
We recommend planning your route in advance using the GC2018 Journey Planner.
Why not hire a bike! ‘Mobike’ is a bike sharing service to fulfil short trips on the Gold Coast – anytime. It is a cashless and station-free bike sharing platform. ‘Mobike’ uses a unique patented bike design, smart lock system and combines with the smartphone app to bring you greater access and convenience to a bike when you need it the most.
Taking bicycles on public transport
Bicycles are not permitted on trams and buses to cater for additional commuters proposed to travel to and from the Gold Coast during Games time. Bicycles will be permitted on trains.
GC2018 Journey Planner
The GC2018 Journey Planner enables spectators to plan their journey to events, Festival 2018 and other locations with multiple travel options available such as public transport, park ‘n’ ride and active transport.
The GC2018 Journey Planner is accessible from the GC2018 App available from the App Store and Google Play and is free to download. Visit here to plan your journey today.
Service options may change in the lead up to the Games period so make sure you check your journey again closer to your day of travel.
For ticketed spectators, GOLDOC accredited workforce and officials, leave the car at home and take advantage of the free travel included with your ticket. Many high frequency services operate around venue locations and some services will be enhanced during the Games. The train, tram (G:link), local buses and Games shuttle buses will all be free to catch with your Games ticket to provide an easy end-to-end journey for spectators. The multi-modal and integrated network approach will provide a convenient end-to-end journey for those travelling to and from the Games. To understand your venue specific transport options go here.
The train is your best option to travel between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Additional train services will operate between Brisbane and the Gold Coast during peak spectator travel periods to support GC2018 demand.
During the Games, most Gold Coast train stations will act as transport hubs for spectator and accredited workforce, with GC2018 shuttle bus services operating to and from competition venues. To plan your public transport journey to the Games go here.
The G:Link is a great option to access events and Festival 2018 locations along the coastal line from Broadbeach to Helensvale. There’ll be no need for a timetable during GC2018, with G:link services running 24 hours a day from 4 – 15 April, with a service every 7.5 minutes or better between 7am and 11pm. In peak event periods there will be a G:Link service every six minutes.
It will also run all night, every night during GC2018 with services every 10 minutes from 11pm to 1am; every 30 minutes from 1am to 5am; and every 15 minutes from 5am to 7am.
During the Games you can ride the tram more often with an extra 65 services per day travelling between Helensvale and Broadbeach South stations.
Existing bus services will be a great way to get around during the Games.
To cater for increased travel demand during GC2018, 12 high frequency bus routes will run every 15 minutes or better between 7am and 7pm from 4 – 15 April on the Gold Coast. Some routes will operate later in the evening depending on the competition schedule.
High frequency routes include:
- Route 700
- Route 704
- Route 705
- Route 713
- Route 719
- Route 740
- Route 745
- Route 750
- Route 760
- Route 765
- Route 777
- Route TX7
To support the existing public transport network, Games shuttles will be available to ticketed spectators and GOLDOC accredited workforce. These shuttles will run frequently connecting park ‘n’ rides and Transport Hubs directly to and from competition venues. Shuttles will run for up to two hours before competition and up to 60 minutes after.
In addition to Games shuttles, Route GC2018 will travel between Helensvale and Nerang stations, connecting with key transport interchanges and competition venues along the route including Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. This service will operate 24 hours a day during the competition period.
To support ticketed spectators travelling from Brisbane to the Gold Coast on public transport, supplementary bus shuttle services will be available at times of high demand.
For ticketed spectators travelling back to Brisbane and surrounding suburbs late at night, there will be bus services available from key inner city train stations to a wide range of suburban locations.
Not every shuttle is accessible, however, accessible shuttles will service locations at a high frequency.
GC2018 Transport Hubs
During the Games, some existing public transport facilities will be converted to GC2018 Transport Hubs.
From these locations, passengers travelling to the Games can transfer from public transport services to Games shuttle services which connect directly to specific competition venues. Each Transport Hub will service different venues.
There are eight GC2018 Transport Hubs located in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. They will be located at:
- Carindale station (Brisbane)
- Coomera station
- Helensvale station
- Nerang station
- Varsity Lakes station
- Gold Coast University Hospital station
- Broadbeach South station
- Peninsular Drive, Surfers Paradise
On demand transport
On demand transport such as taxis, limousines, private coaches and ‘ride share/booked hire’ will also be available for those accessing venues. Passenger pick-up locations will be designated within walkable distance to venue precincts to support these modes of transport. The specific venue guide includes the exact distance from the pick-up locations to the venue.
Travel to free and Festival 2018 events
Festival 2018 and other free events will take place during GC2018. Walking, cycling or public transport may be your best option to access these events.
If you are thinking about going to these events on the day of your Games event, public transport options will be available to take you to the celebrations. Please note that dedicated GC2018 shuttle buses will run to park ‘n’ rides from competition venues for a limited time after the events and park ‘n’ ride spaces have an allocated time period.
If you want to attend these free events and don’t have a ticket to a Games event, you will need a go card or Gold Coast go explore card to travel by public transport. Find out more about your ticketing options at translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares.
Dedicated GC2018 shuttles and park ‘n’ rides will only be available for use by Games ticketholders.
Park ‘n’ ride
Public transport, walking and cycling will be your best options to access events. If you do intend to drive to your event, pre-booked park ‘n’ ride spaces will be available as there is no parking available at GC2018 venues and parking restrictions will be in place around venues. Park ‘n’ rides will be available to ticketed spectators to access GC2018 venues and transport services including Games shuttle buses. Park ‘n’ ride sites will include facilities for spectator comfort and safety and will also accommodate motorcycle and accessible parking. Games shuttles will run regularly from each venue specific park ‘n’ ride site with the exception of the two park ‘n’ rides which are serviced by trains, not shuttles (Beenleigh High School and Varsity Lakes). Not every park ‘n’ ride site is connected to each venue.
Park ‘n’ rides will be operational at different times according to the competition schedule. To ensure that there is sufficient parking for all competition sessions, those using a park ‘n’ ride are required to catch a return shuttle bus within 60 minutes of the end of the your competition session. Vehicles left after this time (plus shuttle bus travel time) will be towed at the owner’s expense.
The park ‘n’ ride sites will be free to use, but some will need to be pre-booked through the GC2018 Journey Planner in advance. Each park ‘n’ ride site will service specific venues.
|Site name||Location||Venues serviced||Available to|
|Beenleigh High Park 'n' Ride||Beenleigh State High School, Beenleigh||All Gold Coast venues (by train with a connection to event shuttle buses)||Spectators and workforce*|
|Betty Diamond Park 'n' Ride||Betty Diamond Sports Complex, Bilinga||Coolangatta Beachfront||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Boowaggan Park 'n' Ride||Boowaggan Road, Merrimac||Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre|
Broadbeach Lawn Bowls
|Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Damian Leeding Park 'n Ride||Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Oxenford||Oxenford Studios||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Dean Street Park ‘n’ ride||Dean Street, Townsville||Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre||Spectators and workforce*|
|Firth Park Park 'n' Ride||Firth Park, Mudgeeraba||Robina Stadium||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Mangrove Jack Park Park ‘n’ ride||Hope Island Rd, Helensvale||Coomera Indoor Sports Centre||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Merrimac Park 'n' Ride||Merrimac State School, Merrimac||Broadbeach Lawn Bowls||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Millaroo Drive North Park 'n' Ride||49-81 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale||Gold Coast Hockey Centre Carrara Precinct||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Millaroo Drive South Park 'n' Ride||99 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale||Gold Coast Hockey Centre||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Parkwood Park 'n' Ride||Parkwood Station, Parkwood||Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Triathlon||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Sleeman Centre Park 'n’ Ride||Old Cleveland Road and Tilley Road, Chandler||Anna Meares Velodrome Belmont Shooting Centre||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
|Varsity Lakes Park'n'Ride||Varsity Lakes near Varsity Lakes station||All Gold Coast venues (by train with a connection to event shuttle buses)||Spectators and workforce*|
|Yatala Park 'n' Ride||1/57 Burnside Road, Yatala||Carrara Stadium||Pre-booked ticketed spectators only**|
*Spectators and workforce: The park 'n' ride is available to anyone attending a GC2018 venue or festival hub including the GC2018 workforce.
**Pre-booked ticketed spectators only: The park 'n' ride needs to be pre-booked for the venue and session time that you have ticket/s for.
Spaces are limited, so book your park ‘n’ ride spot today.
Significant planning has gone into ensuring travel to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is an equitable transport experience for everyone – from journey planning, to travelling to and attending competition and Festival 2018 events.
GC2018 Journey Planner
Travelling to the Games is easy with the GC2018 Journey Planner
Use the journey planner to plan your trip in advance, and find the best way to travel to and from events and celebration zones across the Gold Coast, and in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
The GC2018 Journey Planner features in-built accessibility filters which can be applied when planning your travel. To use this function, select the wheelchair icon from the journey results page. From here, you can select whether you will be travelling with assistance or intend to travel independently.
The GC2018 Journey Planner is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (Level AA) compliant.
Most public transport services are accessible, with dedicated spaces available for wheelchairs and mobility devices on most buses, and trains 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.
If you have a disability, are elderly, pregnant or travelling with young children, priority seating is available for your use on-board all train services. Please visit
All G:link stations and services comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and meet Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport requirements.
Station platforms and G:Link services have been designed to make it as easy as possible for passengers of all mobility levels to board, exit and ride the tram. Ramps are available at stations and every G:Link carriage has dedicated spaces for passengers using wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
All G:link stations are accessible, with each platform featuring two boarding assistance points aligned with the allocated spaces for mobility devices on-board the G:link. These locations are marked bright blue and feature the universal white wheelchair symbol. During the Games, station staff will be available for assistance including deploying boarding ramps.
There will be frequent local buses operating across the network which are accessible, with low floor entry, ramps and allocated spaces for wheelchairs and mobility devices. Drivers are trained in accessibility assistance, ensuring passengers of all mobility levels can catch the bus.
The Games shuttle fleet will include accessible, low floor buses. These buses will have ramps and dedicated spaces for wheelchair and mobility scooters.
Games venues and transport facilities will be serviced by an accessible shuttle service every 30 minutes or better, especially in peak periods. If you require an accessible shuttle service, please advise a staff member when waiting for your service.
Guide dogs and other assistance animals
Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs trained in accordance with the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act (2009) and assistance animals trained in accordance with Disability Discrimination Act (1992) are able to travel on public transport.
If your guide, hearing or assistance dog has been certified by a Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services approved training organisation, you will hold a handler’s identity card. This will need to be presented to board a service with an animal.
To connect public transport with Games shuttles travelling to venues, a number of GC2018 Transport Hubs will operate during the Games. Hubs will be located at:
- Broadbeach South station
- Carindale station (Brisbane)
- Coomera station
- Gold Coast University Hospital station
- Helensvale station
- Nerang station
- Varsity Lakes station
The Surfers Paradise precinct will also function as a Transport Hub during Games.
Coomera station, Helensvale station, Nerang station and Varsity Lakes station will have accessible car parks and staff available to assist passengers with accessibility requirements. Other Transport Hubs have no customer car parking. If you require assistance during your journey, please alert a staff member. Accessible car parks at these locations cannot be pre-booked, and will be subject to a first come, first served policy.
Games park ‘n’ rides
Accessible car parks will be available at all Games park ‘n’ rides. The park ‘n’ ride sites will be free to use, but some will need to be pre-booked through the GC2018 Journey Planner in advance. If you require an accessible park, please advise the car park attendant upon your arrival. Please note that Beenleigh High School park ‘n’ ride does not have accessible parks, which are provided at Beenleigh train station instead.
Games park ‘n’ ride staff will also be available to assist you with boarding the Games shuttle services if required.