Buses, Trains & Taxis

Buses, Trains & Taxis on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

The public transport system on the Gold Coast consists of trains and buses which are part of the Translink network which extends from Gympie in the north and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast and west to Helidon. Just one TransLink ticket will take you wherever you want to go on participating buses, QR Citytrain and Brisbane City Council ferries within South East Queensland.

The Gold Coast public bus service is operated by Surfside buslines who hold the contract with Queensland Transport for the provision of local scheduled bus services for the region extending from Dreamworld (at Upper Coomera) in the north to the Qld/NSW border. Surfside Buslines also has the contract for the Northern NSW region from Murwillumbah and the Tweed Coast to the NSW/QLD border.


The Gold Coast train system is operated by Queensland Rail with stations at Varsity Lakes, Robina, Nerang, Helensvale and Coomera. The train runs through to Brisbane city and also through to Brisbane Airport. If heading to Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, the best station to depart from is Nerang from which you will need to take a connecting bus to Surfers/Broadbeach. For more details visit our guide at Getting to the Gold Coast and how to get from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

You can also buy a rechargeable touch card called the ‘Go-Card’. Rather than asking for the price of the fare or buying tickets you simply ‘touch on’ when you get on the bus and ‘touch off’ when you get off. The fare is automatically deducted from your card. The fares are also a little cheaper using the card than paying with cash. You can buy go-cards at 7-eleven stores, train stations, selected tourist information desks and selected newsagents. There is also a go-card especially for tourists, it’s prepaid and called the SEEQ card, see SEEQ Card from TransLink.

You can search bus timetables at the Translink website: http://translink.com.au/travel-information/services-and-timetables/search

Or simply enter your starting point and destination via the journey planner to locate the nearest bus/train stop and correct bus/train route. Public bus & Train Journey Planner: http://jp.translink.com.au/travel-information/journey-planner

Gold Coast bus and train route maps

Detailed map of bus routes along the Gold Coast Highway

Queensland Rail network and route map

Get Around Guide – Gold Coast bus routes map and more

Gold Coast Taxis

Taxi services on the Gold Coast are operated by Regent Taxis and Yellow Cabs. Drivers are friendly and courteous and the vehicles are of good standard. In peak periods, or if a timetable is priority, it would pay to look to a-pre booked service (limo, shuttle) as waiting times can escalate.


Regent Taxis
phone: 131008

Black and White Cabs
phone: 133222

Qld Taxi Fares: Brisbane – Gold Coast – Sunshine Coast Taxi Service Areas (Current as of July 2011)
7am – 7pm Mon to Fri except public holidays All other times including public holidays except Midnight – 5am Mon to Sun Midnight – 5am Mon to Sun including public holidays
except Anzac Day (25 April)
Flagfall:     $2.90

Distance:   $2.06 per Klm

Time:         $0.76 per minute

Booking:    $1.50

Flagfall:     $4.30

Distance:   $2.06 per Klm

Time:         $0.76 per minute

Booking:    $1.50

Flagfall:     $6.30

Distance:   $2.06 per Klm

Time:         $0.76 per minute

Booking:    $1.50

Gold Coast Water Ferries

There are water taxis and ferry services that service the waterways between the Casino at Broadbeach through to Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay.

Broadwater Taxi
Runaway Bay Marina, Runaway Bay
Phone: 0403 587 804

Gold Coast Water Taxis
Runaway Bay Marina, Runaway Bay
Phone: 0418 759 789

Gold Coast Ferries Pty Ltd
Couran Cove Island Resort departure terminal
Phone: 0411 711 274

River Limo
Based at Broadbeach covering all Gold Coast waterways
Phone: 0428 743 783

Aqua Cabs
Isle Of Capri
Phone: (07) 55382292

Hope Island Water Taxi’s
Pier F The Promenade, Sanctuary Cove, QLD, 4212
Phone: 0414 533300

Gold Coast Water Tours
Marina Mirage, Main Beach, QLD, 4217
Phone number: 0418 611999

Pacific Water Taxis
Mariners Cove, Main Beach, QLD, 4217
Phone: 0410 504669

Gold Coast Light Rail

G:Link is the new rapid transit system (aka above ground metro system/modern tram) that operates between Griffith University at Southport, and Broadbeach. It is planned that it will eventually connect Helensvale through to Coolangatta. http://ridetheg.com.au/


Not exactly within most peoples definition of public transport, but they are hugely popular on the Gold Coast, visit our page on Gold Coast limousine services for more info and a list of companies.