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Airports & Airlines servicing the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

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Gold Coast Airport IATA code: OOL ICAO code: YBCG

Gold Coast Airport is located at Bilinga (although it is often referred to as Coolangatta) on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. It is located 27kms from the center of Surfers Paradise, which is about 40 mins travelling time via car depending on traffic conditions. Travelling time to Byron Bay is about 50-70 mins depending on conditions.

At the airport you will find a range of services including cafes, a bar, news-agency and boutique shops. Facilities at the airport include disabled access and parking, currency exchange, unisex baby change facilities, toilets, public phones and internet kiosks.

The terminal opens at 4:30am and closes after the last flight which is usually no later than 11.00pm. The airport is closed through the night and it’s not possible to stay at the airport overnight. The car park operates on the same timetable. There is accommodation nearby at Coolangatta, Tugun and the closest Bilinga.

The airport is simple, one level, and it’s easy to locate services such as taxi, bus etc. See the terminal map at the bottom of page.

Currently Tiger Airways flights arrive and depart via a separate nearby building, only 2 minutes walk from the main terminal.

From the airport you can fly international direct to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Air Asia offers connecting flights from Malaysia to many destinations throughout Asia like the Philippines, Thailand and China. Domestically, all capital cites are serviced (except Brisbane due to it’s near proximity) plus Cairns, Mt Isa and Newcastle.

Airlines servicing the Gold Coast airport include Air AsiaJetstarQantas, Virgin BlueTiger AirwaysAir New Zealand, Scoot and AirNorth.


Airport Transfers to/from Gold Coast Airport

There are shuttle buses which operate at regular intervals, taxis, and you can also pre-book shuttle services and airport limousines.

There is also two public bus services which run out of the airport, being the route 702 bus and the route 761 bus. Route 702 runs between Gold Coast Airport, Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Miami, Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise and Southport. Route 761 runs between Gold Coast Airport, Tugun, Currumbin, The Pines Shopping Centre, Varsity Lakes and Robina Train Stations as well as Robina Town Shopping Centre.

You can also walk across the road from the airport to the corner of Johnston St and Golden Four Drive where there is a north bound and south bound bus stops. Visit the translink website listed below.

If you are transferring between Brisbane and Gold Coast there is the choice of pre-booking a limousine service (there’s many, try: MyGoldCoastLimo), the train then bus connection to GC Airport (see: Translink), and a bus service run by Air Asia (AAE) - also see getting between Brisbane and Gold Coast


More Resources:

Gold Coast Airport - Find out more information about the airports official website

Gold Coast Airport Transfers- Information on airport transfers, enquire online or call direct to book transfers

Translink - Info on public transport services including bus routes and train services.

SEEQ Card from TransLink – The SEEQ card is a prepaid card for travel on South East Queensland buses, trains and ferrys, makes travelling easy and includes some special deals.

Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle - Local shuttle bus service for transfers.

Car Rental Gold Coast Airport - More information on renting and hiring vehicles

Airport Parking – book car parking services

Brisbane Airport – Brisbane Airport is 110kms from Gold Coast Airport and about 90 minutes travel time by car (depending on traffic!). Also see getting between Brisbane and Gold Coast

Ballina/Byron Bay Gateway Airport – located at Ballina and serviced by Virgin, JetStar and Rex airlines. It’s 20 minutes by car from Byron Bay and about 70 minutes by car from Gold Coast Airport.


Map location of Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta)

Including nearby hotels and accommodation


Airport Terminal Map

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