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How to get from Gold Coast International Airport to Surfers Paradise

Acclaimed to have some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, Surfers Paradise is a true haven for all. With its picture-perfect environment, lively music scene, hidden creeks, and sunny warm weather, the town attracts many travellers yearly.

When visiting this incredible city, you will be landing at Gold Coast International Airport, and you have 3 transportation options to get from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a shared airport shuttle or you can take a combined bus and tram trip. Taking a Gold Coast taxi or private airport transfer is a fast and reliable way to get to the city in just 30 minutes. Your second option is on the Gold Coast Airport shuttle bus, which takes 55 minutes, whilst for those travelling on a tight budget, you can take the combined journey of a bus and tram, taking around 1 hour 10 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €42 30min 24/7
Shuttle €19.60 55min 07:00–23:00
Bus and Tram €7.80 70min 06:16–22:21

How to get from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise by taxi

Taking a taxi or private transfer from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise is by far the most comfortable and convenient option, especially after a long flight and if you are travelling with children and/or heavy luggage. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door services straight to your Surfers Paradise hotel in just 30 minutes.

Taxi fare from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise

Taxis in Queensland calculate their fare using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled, the time of day you are travelling, and if you are travelling from the airport.

A trip from OOL airport to Surfers Paradise costs around €42 (AUD 65) during the day, depending on traffic.

Cost

€42 (AUD 65)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Gold Coast International Airport (OOL)

Where do I get it from?

You can find the official Gold Coast airport taxi rank located at the southern end of the OOL terminal, outside the domestic arrivals area.

Convenience

Taking a taxi for your Gold Coast airport to city transfer is definitely the best way to travel. Taxis not only provide 24/7 door-to-door services, but they also take care of your loved ones and luggage.

Nevertheless, as airport taxi prices vary, it is recommended to pre-book a private transfer at a fixed rate and avoid hidden fees.

Editor’s Note

Please note that an airport toll fee of €2 (AUD 3.10) will need to be paid by the passenger when leaving Gold Coast International Airport.

Useful Tips

Taxis on the Gold Coast accept credit card and cash payments, however, you might be subjected to a credit card transaction fee of 5%.
There are no booking or minimum charges for taxis hailed directly from the street or taken from official taxi ranks.
Tipping is not required, however, it is always appreciated. Most travellers round up to the higher number or leave a tip of up to 10%.

How to get from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise by shuttle

A great travel option is to take the Con-X-ion airport shuttle bus from OOL to Surfers Paradise Transit Centre. All buses leave from the airport on the hour and take around 55 minutes to reach the city.

How much is a ticket on the Con-X-ion shuttle bus from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise?

A one-way ticket on the Con-X-ion shuttle from Gold Coast airport to city costs €9.80 (AUD 15) and €19.65 (AUD 30) for a return.

Cost

€9.80 (AUD 15)

Trip Duration

55 Min.

The airport shuttle bus leaves OOL airport every hour.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Gold Coast Airport Shuttle is available from 07:00 to 23:00.

Where do I get it from?

Your Con-X-ion shuttle driver will be waiting for you inside the terminal under the “Transit Centre Sign”, for both Domestic and International arrivals. The driver is easy to locate as they will be wearing a blue shirt and red Con-x-ion hat.

If you are taking the Gold Coast airport shuttle back to OOL, the shuttle picks up travellers straight from their accommodation.

Convenience

Taking the airport shuttle bus is a great travel option for those that want to travel comfortably but cost-effectively as the shuttle offers direct routes from OOL airport to Surfers Paradise in just 55 minutes. However, if you are travelling in a group of 4 people, the price of a taxi ends up being the same as that of a shuttle.

Editor’s Note

Passengers are required to be ready and waiting outside their accommodation and designated pick-up point at least 10 minutes prior to their pick-up time.

Useful Tips

If you require assistance the Gold Coast Tourism Visitor Information Centre is located in the terminal opposite the car rental booths.
All passengers are allowed one suitcase and one carry on. Any extra item will have to be paid for.
Discounted tickets are available for students and senior citizens.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Gold coast. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€48.0
NIGHTTIME
€58.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise by bus and tram

A great cost-savvy travel alternative would be to take the combined bus and tram trip. Bus No. 777 travels from OOL airport to Broadbeach South Station in just 28 minutes. From here you will need to get the G-Link tram to Cavill Avenue Station, which is Surfers Paradise city centre. This takes 10 minutes, bringing the total travel time to 1 hour 10 minutes, including waiting times.

How much is a bus and tram ticket from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise?

A ticket from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise (Cavill Avenue Station) costs €3.90 (AUD 6) for a single paper ticket and €2.70 (AUD 4.11) with a “Go-card”.

Furthermore, for those travelling with a concession card, (seniors, people with a disability, carers, veterans, sole parents, widows and students), a one-way single paper ticket costs €2 (AUD 3), and €1.35 (AUD 2.06) for “Go-card’ carriers.

Cost

€3.90 (AUD 6)

Trip Duration

1 H 10 Min

The bus runs every hour and the G-Link tram runs every 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus is available Monday to Friday from 06:16 to 22:21 and on the weekends from 06:16 to 22:06. The G-Link tram operates Monday to Friday from 05:04 to 12:49 and all through the night on the weekends terminating at 23:49 on Sunday.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the 777 bus stop in front of the Gold Coast airport taxi rank located at the southern end of the OOL terminal, outside the domestic arrivals area.

Convenience

Although being a cheap and relatively quick option, taking a combined bus and tram transfer from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise is not the easiest. Having to make your way around Queensland public transportation, when new to a city and having to plan your trip according to two different schedules can be tedious.

Editor’s Note

The bus and tram both operate on very different schedules, so attention to detail and patience when planning your trip is essential.

Useful Tips

Discounted tickets are available for concession card holders.
Both Gold Coast airport bus 777 and the tram have luggage storage space.

Frequently asked questions

How to get from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise?

There are three transportation options to get from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise; you can either take a taxi or private transfer which takes 30 minutes, an airport shuttle bus which takes 55 minutes, or you can choose a combined bus and tram journey, with a total travel time of 1 hour 10 minutes.

What is the average Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise taxi fare?

An average taxi fare from Gold Coast airport to the city costs €42 (AUD 65). However, various factors can alter this price. If you prefer to travel at a fixed rate fare with no hidden costs it is recommended to pre-book a private transfer.

Can you go from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise by bus?

Bus No. 777 operates from Gold Coast airport to Broadbeach. From here you will have to take a tram to Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise. The total travel time takes 1 hour 10 minutes, excluding waiting times.

How far is Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise?

Gold Coast International Airport is located 28 km away from Surfers Paradise. It takes around 30 minutes to reach by taxi or by car.

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