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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 Transport Operations Plan (PDF Download) outlines how we aim to achieve this. A Draft Plan was open for public consultation from 30 November 2016 to 28 February 2017. All feedback was considered by transport planners in finalising the plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Transport Operations Plan?

The 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 GC2018?

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?

Walking, cycling and public transport 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 will run during GC2018.

Dedicated shuttle bus services will also operate from key transport hubs and park ‘n’ rides to connect spectators and workforce to venues.

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

Free public transport will be available for all 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 (excluding the Airtrain service) 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 upon presentation of a Games ticket, on the day of the event.

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. There will be information available for the travelling public to help plan ahead and ensure everyone is ready for Games time.

Can I drive to venues?

There is no parking available at venues. During the Games, there will be restrictions on parking, drop off areas at venues and streets surrounding the venues. The best way for most spectators to access events will be walking, cycling and public transport. If you do need to drive, park ‘n’ rides will be available.

Will there be park ‘n’ rides?

Thirteen temporary park ‘n’ ride facilities will be established for GC2018 with over 10 000 spaces. The park ‘n’ ride sites will be free to use, and will need to be pre-booked. Access will be restricted to holders of tickets.

The locations of park ‘n’ ride facilities were chosen to distribute demand across the transport network and maximise the use of existing transport infrastructure.

Of the 13 temporary park ‘n’ rides, 11 have been confirmed with negotiations still underway for another two park ‘n’ rides at Chandler and Helensvale.

Park 'n' Ride Location & Venue Serviced

Location Venue Serviced
Beenleigh State High School, Beenleigh All Gold Coast venues (by train)
Betty Diamond Sports Complex, Bilinga Coolangatta Beachfront
Boowaggan Road, Merrimac - improvement works to be completed by mid August 2017 Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre
Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Oxenford Oxenford Studios
Firth Park, Mudgeeraba Robina Stadium
Merrimac State School, Merrimac Broadbeach Lawn Bowls
Millaroo Drive North, Helensvale Gold Coast Hockey Centre
Carrara precinct
Millaroo Drive South, Helensvale Gold Coast Hockey Centre
Parkwood station, Parkwood Gold Coast Aquatics Centre and Triathlon
Varsity Lakes near Varsity Lakes station All Gold Coast venues (by train)
Burnside Road, Yatala Carrara stadium
Can I get a taxi or rideshare to venues?

Venue transport plans will include pick-up and drop-off zones for taxis, rideshare and limousines, and they will be located within walking distance of Games facilities. Taxis, rideshare and limousines will also be able to access park ‘n’ rides, at which spectators and workforce can catch a shuttle to GC2018 competition venues.

When will I find out about changes to road access 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 broadly communicated well in advance of GC2018. The Get Set Gold Coast engagement team are working with businesses and residents across the city to ensure they are aware of temporary changes. The team will continue to provide tailored, specific advice and resources to help businesses and residents prepare for GC2018. Information will be available through several channels, including, fact sheets and spectator guides.

How will access to Games areas be managed during GC2018?

Access will be restricted to areas surrounding Games venues for safety and operational reasons during the event and changes might include parking restrictions, temporary relocation of bus stops, changes to how intersections work and changes to certain 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.

Was there consultation for the Transport Operations Plan?

The Draft Transport Operations Plan was open for consultation from 30 November 2016 – 28 February 2017. Over 540 online submissions were received, and transport partners met with more than 200 transport industry, business and community stakeholders during this period. All feedback was considered by transport planners in finalising the Transport Operations Plan.

What was the feedback on the Draft Transport Operations Plan?

Several topics emerged as key areas in the hundreds of submissions from the community, business and transport industry. Accessing event venues, getting around the Gold Coast during GC2018, reliability of the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor and business operations during GC2018 were key areas of feedback. The Transport Operations Plan sets out how these areas will be addressed, as well as next steps in the engagement process.

What are the next steps?

The City-led Get Set Gold Coast team will build on the Transport Operations Plan engagement to ensure local businesses and residents are aware of temporary changes that will occur at Games time and what they need to do to prepare for those changes.

The Transport Operations Plan sets out the timeline for upcoming engagement activities. On top of the ongoing, city-wide engagement which will occur right up until GC2018, there will also be targeted engagement activities based around GC2018 venues from July to November this year. Engagement with local businesses, residents and impacted authorities will be undertaken, where appropriate, in the design and delivery of traffic management and parking areas around each venue as part of the City-led community awareness program.

In the lead up to the Games, we will deliver various fact sheets, guides and other tools to ensure people are up to date with relevant travel and access information.