Unrivaled beaches, world renowned theme parks, and gastronomy to suit even the most discriminating taste buds, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is the premier destination for travelers across the globe. Made famous around the world for images of sun, fun, and surfing, the Gold Coast is an excellent vacation hotspot for anyone, from families with children to groups of adults. The main beaches are Surfers Paradise, Surfers North, Coolangatta, and Burleigh Heads. Just beyond the beaches, there are three major theme parks and rainforests with waterfalls to explore.
The main airport for the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport, services both domestic and international travelers. Located in Coolangatta (or more specifically Bilinga), Gold Coast Airport is only about 16 miles from the center of the City of Gold Coast. It is a relatively small airport all on one level which means it is also very easy to navigate. Getting to Gold Coast Airport is simple and convenient, with direct flights arriving from other parts of Australia and cities throughout Asia every day. The Gold Coast Airport map, found on their website, marks where all of the transport options are located. Below are the best options for transportation to and from Gold Coast Airport.
1. Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle
The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle is a great option for newcomers arriving in the Gold Coast. The shuttles provide door to door transfers from the airport and also feature theme park transfers. Tourists will appreciate each ticket price includes unlimited theme park transfers and the ability to ride the local bus service. Once reservations are made, visitors are guaranteed a seat in an air-conditioned bus. Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle has desks at the airport and buses are located at the northern end of the terminal.
2. Public transportation
TransLink is Queensland’s transportation agency operating the G:Link trams, Surfside Buslines, and Queensland Rail. From the Varsity Lakes railway station, travelers can take Route 760 to connect directly to Gold Coast Airport. Those in Surfers Paradise can take the G:Link to Broadbeach South tram station and transfer to Route 777 to get to the airport.
Taxicabs are convenient for both travelers arriving from and getting to Gold Coast Airport. Most hotels in the Gold Coast will call a taxi for travelers going to the airport. Travelers also have the option to call a taxi company directly to hire a cab. For those that are at the airport, the taxicab stand is located at the front of the terminal.
4. Car rental
Car rental options are numerous and easily spotted just across from the arrivals area. There are several internationally recognized companies available to choose from. To secure a car, reservations may be made in advance with the rental company directly. Or for the adventurous traveler, cars can be rented upon arrival at one of the car rental desks at the airport.
5. Coolangatta airport parking
Airport parking is a safe and economical option for travelers that enjoy the convenience of driving their own car. Parking near Gold Coast Airport such as Reddy Airport Parking is a good option for both short and long term travelers. The airport has three automated parking lots, open 24 hours, with over 2000 spaces for cars. Parking lots accepts cash or credit card and payment is made at the pay stations located throughout the parking lots. The short term parking lot is directly in front of the terminal. Long term parking, both covered and uncovered, is a short walk just behind the short term lot. Prices range from 16 AUD (roughly 12 USD)a day for long term uncovered parking to 35 AUD (roughly 27 USD) a day for premium covered long term parking. Short term parking is limited to under 10 hours.