How to Get Around the Gold Coast

With a variety of Gold Coast transport options available, it’s easy to get to your destination. For longer stays, make sure you get a go card as this electronic ticket can be used for buses, trams, and trains that service South East Queensland. You can buy one from convenience stores and transport stations.  Many hotels can call you a cab or you can hire one yourself with apps or by calling their numbers. If you prefer getting around the Gold Coast and exercising at the same time, you can walk or bike along urban streets or on nature trails.


With the advent of modern technology, it's easier than ever to hail a taxi for those moments when you need to get somewhere quickly. Gold Coast Cabs has their own app and dedicated hotline number. If you'd like to feel like a celebrity, you could even hire a limousine to take you around the glamorous Gold Coast city.
Young man is putting suitcases in the back of a minivan at the airport car park.


Hopping on a Gold Coast bus will give you an affordable ride and a little tour of the suburbs, beaches, and high rises. Apart from getting a go card, you should also download the Translink app on your phone. This makes it easy for you to see which bus to take and when it arrives at your stop.
Two best young sweet girl friends standing in a bus and looking in a telephone


If you want a fast way to get from one beach to the next, try riding the Gold Coast tram. The G:link light-rail has 16 stations from the Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach South, with more stops planned. For a complete list of stations and their timetable, be sure to check out the ‘Ride the G' website.
Surfers Paradise

On foot

If you like long walks on the beach, you'll love having 36km of sand to enjoy. There are also many bushwalks in the rainforest and hinterland areas. If you're an experienced hiker, you can also check out the trails up and down Mount Warning and Mount Cougal.
Three friends walking on the beach and having a conversation. Sea on right side of the image and city of Gold Coast on the left.

Bike hire

See the Gold Coast in a new light by hiring a bike. A lot of companies along the main roads and beaches have affordable rates for a few hours of use. There are even automated hiring stations that allow you to rent a bike at any time of the day. With many dedicated bike lanes and shared paths to take, the Gold Coast is a wonderful destination to explore on two wheels.
Burleigh Heads