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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
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Your Travel Options

It’s easy to get where you need to go during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Take advantage of free travel, active travel options and public transport that covers the city with regular services, 24 hours a day. Our GC2018 Journey Planner makes organising your travel a breeze.

Free travel

Leave the car at home and take advantage of the free public transport travel included with your ticket.

During the Games, extra local buses, train and tram (G:link) 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 – up until 3am the next day – and does not include travel on the Airtrain service or any privately owned and operated bus charters that set their 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.

Active travel


Walking is a free, healthy and accessible alternative to using a car. It’s one of the best ways to get to venues and experience the surrounds. Many of the venues and Festival 2018 locations are within walking distance of Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and other accommodation hubs. There are many easy to follow routes and dedicated signage will guide you to your venue. Plan your walk here.


Cycling will be one of the easiest and most scenic ways to get around the Gold Coast during the Games. To assist you, a number of cycle park locations have been set up close to competition venues and Festival 2018 celebration precincts. Plan your ride here .

Cycle parking locations

Please note that due to extra people travelling to and from the Gold Coast during Games time, bicycles will not be permitted on public transport.

Public transport

Ticketed spectators, GOLDOC accredited workforce and officials can take advantage of free train, tram (G:link), local bus and Games shuttle bus travel. Many high frequency services operate around venue locations and some services will be enhanced during the Games.

To see venue specific transport options go here.

Tram (G:link)
Local buses

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 700Route 745
Route 704Route 750
Route 705Route 760
Route 713Route 765
Route 719Route 777
Route 740Route TX7
Games shuttle bus
GC2018 Transport Hubs
On-demand transport

Travel to 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, a limited number of pre-booked Park ‘n’ ride spaces will be available. 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. Each Park ‘n’ ride site will service specific venues.

A full list of park ‘n’ ride locations is available from Get Set for the Games.

Spaces are limited, so book your Park ‘n’ ride spot today here or call 1800 002 018.

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.


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

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. You can then select whether you will be travelling with assistance or independently. 

The GC2018 Journey Planner is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (Level AA) compliant.

Accessible services

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.

Trams (G:link)
Local buses
Games shuttles
Guide dogs and other assistance animals

Transport Hubs 

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.