To find out more about travelling to and from the Games, visit gc2018.com/transport or download the Official GC2018 App. There you will find information and top tips on how to get to the Games. You will also be able to plan your journey and book your park 'n' ride through the GC2018 Journey Planner available on the app from February.
Information and advice will continue to be updated in the lead up to and during Games time, so you can know before you go.
Yes – the GC2018 Journey Planner can be used to plan your journey to and from Venues. The GC2018 Journey Planner will be available in February and can be accessed through the GC2018 App and gc2018.com/transport
Spectators travelling within the Gold Coast to a GC2018 Venue, are encouraged to consider walking or cycling directly to the Venue or travel by bus, train, G:link light rail services to a transport hub or a competition Venue.
Where public transport is not an option, spectators will have the ability to access a park 'n' ride facility. Park ‘n’ rides will be free for ticketed spectators. They will service specific Venues and need to be pre-booked. For more information or to pre-book your park 'n' ride, space, please check out the Venue Guides
There will be no parking at or near GC2018 Venues. We encourage you to plan well ahead to understand your travel options, including using the GC2018 Journey Planner. The GC2018 Journey Planner can be accessed through the GC2018 App and you could also consider booking an accessible park 'n' ride space
There will be additional parking and loading restrictions, road closures and temporary clearways as a result of Games operations that will make parking near Venues difficult.
Spectators are encouraged to look at other travel options. Consider walking or cycling direct to a transport hub or competition Venue or travel by bus, train, G:Link light rail service to a transport hub or competition Venue.
Where public transport is not an option, spectators will have access to park‘n’ride facilities in Townsville, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Park‘n’ rides will be free for ticketed spectators and will service specific Venues and some need to be pre-booked.
Park ‘n’ rides will provide a parking solution for those unable to access public transport to GC2018 Venues. 13 temporary park ‘n’ ride locations will be available and will connect spectators from various parking locations to competition Venues via GC2018 shuttle buses. Park 'n' rides offer Accessible spaces and most shuttle services are Accessible. Book a park 'n' ride space and let staff know of your requirements when you arrive.
Park 'n' rides will be operational at different times according to the competition schedule. There will be time limits for people using park‘n’rides, who will need to return to their vehicle. To ensure that there is enough parking capacity for all ticket holders for all competition sessions you are required to catch a return shuttle bus within 60 minutes of the end of your competition session. Vehicles left after this time (plus Games Shuttle travel time) regrettably will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Park‘n’rides will be operational at different times according to the competition schedule. There will be time limits for people using park‘n’rides, who will need to return to their vehicle. To ensure that there is enough parking capacity for all ticket holders for all competition sessions you are required to catch a return shuttle bus within 60 minutes of the end of your competition session. Vehicles left after this time (plus Games Shuttle travel time) will be towed at the owner’s expense.
There are a number of walking paths available to get you to Venues. Directional signage will be in place to get you to the Venue. On some parts of the pedestrian network, fun Borobi trails will guide you along the path.
Bicycles will not be permitted on buses and trams on the Gold Coast corridor, to cater for additional commuters travelling to and from the Gold Coast during Games time. You can take your bike on trains.
If you live within driving distance to a public transport stop, you can drive to the stop and complete your trip to the Venue using public transport. From February, the GC2018 Journey Planner is available from the GC2018 App
Yes - many high frequency services operate across the Gold Coast and some services will be enhanced (including improved frequency and/or hours of operations) to cater for increased travel demand from 4–15 April 2018.
To support the public transport network during the Games, Games Shuttles will be available to ticketed spectators. These shuttles will run frequently connecting park 'n' rides and transport hubs directly to and from competition Venues. Shuttles will up to run for up to two hours before competition and up to 60 minutes after.
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 (from four hours prior to the Opening Ceremony on 4 April, until three hours after the Closing Ceremony on 15 April). Route GC2018 will be free for ticketed spectators to use on days that they are attending, or working at events.
Free public transport will be available on the day of the event for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on TransLink’s South East Queensland integrated public transport network.
In Cairns and Townsville free travel will be available on TransLink and qconnect bus services for ticketed spectators and accredited workforce on the day of the event. Spectators will be required to present a valid GC2018 ticket for the day of travel.
Free travel will not be available on Airtrain services, as it is a privately-owned and operated company which sets its own fares, service levels and timetables. Please note the Townsville Ferry (Public Transit) from Magnetic Island is not free with a GC2018 ticket.
Free travel will not be available on Brisbane Airtrain services. Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators on the day of your event from Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville airports qconnect or TransLink’s South East Queensland public transport network. For days that you are not attending events, travel will not be free.
Many ticketing options are available for travelling on the public transport network. If you are a visitor to the Coast, the go explore card might be the best option for you. For more information on ticket options visit translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types
The public transport network is accessible and most services will deliver spectators with an accessibility requirement and their companion to Venues. Dedicated spaces are available for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility on buses and all trains and trams.
All park 'n' rides and transport hubs will have staff available to assist passengers with accessibility requirements. If you require assistance during your journey, please alert a staff member. Free public transport for all ticket holders is provided on the day of your event. If public transport is not a viable option for you, taxi and rideshare services may also be available.
If you have a mobility aid n 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 .
GC2018 park 'n' rides will have accessible car parking spaces at all park 'n' rides. Please pre-book a space using the GC2018 Journey Planner. Please note that there is no requirement to specifically book an accessible space through the booking system. Upon your arrival at the park ‘n’ ride, please make yourself known to an attendant who will be able to direct you to an accessible space. Games park‘n’ride staff will also be available to assist you with boarding the Games Shuttles if required.
Prohibited Items are not allowed to be taken into a Venue and access will not be permitted to any person in possession of a Prohibited Item. Prohibited Items must be disposed of prior to the Pedestrian Screening Area. GOLDOC will not provide a storage facility for Prohibited Items. Restricted Items may be taken into a Venue but may not be used in any way that negatively impacts on the safety, security or comfort of others. A person may be removed or evicted from the Venue if they do not comply with the direction of Venue Personnel with regards to the use of a Restricted Item. For more information on what you can take into the Venue visit gc2018.com
It is recommended that you aim to arrive at the competition Venue up to 90 minutes earlier than the session. Please refer to your ticket to confirm the gate opening time for your specific session. Please give yourself plenty of time to travel.
You will be able to take your stroller on public transport, or into the Venue, however you will not be allowed to keep the stroller with you in the seating bowl, these will need to be stored at the Venue Spectator Information Points.
It is recommended that you avoid bags where possible. If you are bringing one, it must be small enough to fit under your seat as there are no cloakrooms in GC2018 Venues. Hard sided bags are not permitted on Venue. For more information on what you can take into the Venue visit gc2018.com.
Personal cameras are permitted but filming and photography they must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition. For more information on what you can take into the Venue visit gc2018.com.
Flags or banners are permitted provided they do not contain offensive wording and are no larger than 120cm x 60cm. Supporting poles are to be lightweight wood or plastic and must be no wider than 2cm and no longer than 90cm. For more information on what you can take into the Venue visit gc2018.com.
If you are visiting one of the Competition Venues during the Games and lose something such as your keys, wallet or even an umbrella, make sure you contact the Lost and Found Claim Centre (LFCC) and the team at the LFCC can let you know if your item has been found and handed in.
The LFCC will be opening daily throughout the Commonwealth Games and are based at the GC2018 Uniform and Accreditation Centre.