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Transport

Free public transport on event day

To help make your GC2018 experience great, we want to make travel during the event as easy as possible. 

Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network. 

In Cairns and Townsville, free travel will be available on TransLink and qconnect bus services. 

Spectators will be required to present a valid GC2018 ticket for the day of travel.

Comprehensive travel and transport advice will be available for spectators in advance of and during GC2018 through a range of communication channels including a GC2018 journey planner, spectator travel guides and online travel information. 

The GC2018 journey planner will enable spectators to plan their trip ahead of time and access all travel options available.

Transport Options 

Spectators will be able to access competition venues and key GC2018 precincts via a range of travel options, including:

  • Active modes such as walking and cycling GC2018 shuttle bus services from heavy rail stations and park ‘n’ ride sites
  • Local bus
  • Heavy rail
  • Gold Coast Light Rail (G:Link)

Extra transport services will help ensure people can efficiently get to where they need to be, with dedicated Games shuttle bus services and temporary transport interchanges to provide a seamless end-to-end journey for spectators.

Transport Operations Plan

We’re working with our transport partners to plan for the increased transport demands during GC2018. Our goal is to deliver an efficient transport network by ensuring safe and reliable travel for athletes, officials and spectators, while keeping the Gold Coast and our other event cities moving. Our Draft Transport Operations Plan (PDF Download / Word Download) outlines how we aim to achieve this. The Draft Plan was open for public consultation from 30 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. All feedback is currently being considered and will inform the Final Transport Operations Plan, which will be released in the coming months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Draft Transport Operations Plan?

The Draft Transport Operations Plan sets out how we plan to deliver safe, secure, reliable and accessible transport for spectators, athletes, officials and workforce during GC2018.

Who is responsible for delivering and managing transport services during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games?

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and City of Gold Coast are working together to deliver transport services during the event.

How will spectators travel to events?

Public transport, walking or cycling will be the best way for most spectators to access events.

How will athletes and officials travel to events?

Athletes and team officials will have access to dedicated bus and coach services.

Will there be additional public transport services during the Games?

Extra trains, buses and light rail services are scheduled during GC2018 to manage with the additional demand.

Is public transport to and from the Games included in the ticket price?

Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators and accredited officials travelling to competition events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network upon presentation of a Games ticket, on the day of the event.

In the Event Cities of Cairns and Townsville free travel will be available on TransLink bus services and qconnect services.

What can Gold Coasters do to help minimise road congestion during the Games?

We need people to plan ahead and change their usual travel patterns to help meet the transport challenges and keep the city moving. All travellers will be provided with tools to help them do that – event transport partners are committed to ensuring everyone is ready for Games time.

Can I drive to venues?

Driving to GC2018 events and activities will not be possible because of restrictions on parking, drop off areas at venues and streets surrounding the venues. The best way for most spectators to access events will be by using public transport, walking or cycling.

Will there be park ‘n’ rides?

A number of temporary park ‘n’ ride sites will be established for GC2018. The locations of specific temporary park ‘n’ ride sites are yet to be finalised, with indicative locations included in the Draft Transport Operations Plan. Further information will be released closer to the event.

Can I get a taxi or ride share to venues?

Venue transport plans will include pick-up and drop-off zones for taxis, ride share and limousines, and they will be located within walking distance of Games facilities. Taxis, ride share and limousines will also be able to use park ‘n’ rides.

When will I find out about road closures for the Games period?

There will be localised changes to the transport system during GC2018. Changes will be confirmed as planning progresses and will be released in advance of the event to help the community plan ahead.

How will access to Games areas be managed during GC2018?

Access to areas surrounding Games venues will be restricted for safety and operational reasons during the event. Changes may include parking restrictions, temporary relocation of bus stops, changes to how intersections work and changes to transport routes. We are focused on keeping the city moving during Games time and business and community feedback is important to help us understand how disruptions can be minimised.

How do I give my feedback on the Draft Transport Operations Plan?

The Draft Transport Operations Plan was open for public consultation from 30 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. All feedback is currently being considered and will inform the Final Transport Operations Plan, which will be released in the coming months.

What are the next steps?

The Draft Transport Operations Plan was open for public consultation from 30 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. All feedback is currently being considered and will inform the Final Transport Operations Plan, which will be released in the coming months. In the lead up to the Games, we will deliver various fact sheets, guides and other tools to ensure everyone is up to date with relevant travel and access information.