How to get to the Gold Coast


Where is the Gold Coast . . .
The Gold Coast – one of Australia's leading holiday playgrounds centred on Surfers Paradise – is located in southeast Queensland, around 78km south of Brisbane.

Getting to the Gold Coast

The most convenient route to the Gold Coast is to fly into the local airport (known as Gold Coast Airport or Coolangatta Airport), a 40 minute drive from Surfers Paradise. Alternatively, you can fly into Brisbane International Airport and then take a shuttle bus to all the major accommodations along Surfers Paradise.

From Australia: Virgin Australia Airlines, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Airways operate direct flights to the Gold Coast Airport from Sydney and Melbourne. Jetstar Airways offers both direct and connecting flights from Perth.

From New Zealand: Virgin Australia Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Air New Zealand operate direct flights to the Gold Coast Airport from Auckland.

From the UK: The most convenient 1-stop flights are from London Heathrow to Brisbane on a choice of airlines including Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Airlines or Qantas via Singapore, Emirates via Dubai or Qantas via Hong Kong.

From the USA: From New York, the most convenient 1-stop flights are on American Airlines from Newark to Dallas Ft. Worth or Los Angeles connecting with Qantas to Brisbane. From Los Angeles, the most convenient direct flights are via Brisbane on Qantas or V Australia.

Flight time to the Gold Coast, Australia

Sydney to Gold Coast Airport is 1hr 20 minutes, direct flight
Melbourne to Gold Coast Airport is 2 hours, direct flight
Perth to Gold Coast Airport is 4 hours 30 minutes, direct flight

Auckland to Gold Coast Airport is 3 hours 25 minutes, direct flight
London to Brisbane is 22 hours 25 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Brisbane is 21 hours, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Brisbane is 13 hours 50 minutes, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

The Gold Coast Airport (or Coolangatta Airport) is located 25km south of the Gold Coast, a 40-minute drive. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle meets all flights and for a small fee will drop you off at most Gold Coast accommodation.

Brisbane International Airport is located around 16km northeast of the CBD. The Coachtrans Airporter shuttle bus links both the domestic and international terminals at Brisbane Airport to all the major accommodations in Surfers Paradise, a 90-minute drive.

Both airport terminals are conveniently linked to Brisbane by train, with suburban trains offering a regular service to the Gold Coast suburbs of Nerang and Helensvale; local shuttle buses connecting to accommodation in Surfers Paradise.

Taxis and hire cars are readily available at both airports.

Entry requirements to Australia

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and sufficient funds. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) valid for 90 days. ETAs are obtainable online at:

Getting around

On foot and by bus; Surfside Buslines offer a 3- and 10-day Freedom Pass, which allows unlimited door-to-door transfers to all the theme parks as well as the option to hop on and off anytime you like. Taxis and hire cars (great for trips into the hinterland) are also available.
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