Transport connectivity

Getting around has never been easier. See why we are Australia’s most connected regional city.

Our City Transport Strategy is prioritising people over cars, acknowledging that building more roads is not the only answer to keep our growing city on the move.

From better managing road space and eliminating bottlenecks, to expanding the light rail network and improving bus and railway services, more people are encouraged to use public transport. For visitors, this is a relaxed way to see all the Gold Coast has to offer. For some residents, it means doing away with the car as our transport connectivity continues to improve. The Gold Coast is directly linked to Brisbane via the M1, a four-lane motorway that facilitates easy access between Queensland’s two largest cities. An express railway service from Varsity Lakes to Brisbane City and the airport makes that connection even more convenient, supported by direct links with the Gold Coast light rail network.

In a multi-pronged plan, our Active Transport Plan aims to further lighten the road load by transforming our city into a walkable, cycle-friendly urban landscape.

We are creating more than 2400 kilometres of pathways and bikeways, including the scenic Oceanway for walkers and cyclists to run 36 kilometres from the NSW border to the Gold Coast Seaway, with bike racks, showers, toilets and other amenities such as barbecues and viewing platforms.

An official bike share scheme, Lime e-bikes, provides a convenient and sustainable travel option with hundreds of share bikes available in key locations.

Solar plug-in fast-charge points are planned around the city to meet the emerging demand for electric cars and micro-electric vehicles such as e-scooters and e-bikes.

The Hopo (hop on, hop off) ferry service makes use of our sparkling waterways with five Hopo points in a two-hour circuit from Surfers Paradise to Sea World.

And when you need to leave the Gold Coast, our international airport provides direct flights to national and international destinations with direct bus links and a planned future light rail and heavy rail connection.

Getting around has never been easier in Australia’s most connected regional city.

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