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Catch the Train – Brisbane/Gold Coast Airport

October 1, 20234 minute read
Catch the Train,Airtrain and tram service

We’ve flown out of Gold Coast airport many times and unless you have a very early flight, you should be able to catch the train if you’re staying in Brisbane. The journey from the city to the airport takes a bit over 2 hours. Our 10.40am departure on our AirAsia X flight to Kuala Lumpur meant we needed to be at the airport by 7.25, so the 7.45 airport arrival for the 5:32am bus/train from Brisbane Transit Centre, Roma Street, Brisbane seemed like a good option. Of course, it meant being on the platform really early! The trains currently run half hourly, so adjust your timing as needed.

Where to catch the train

You can catch this particular service from an earlier station, (Bowen Hills 5.23am, Fortitude Valley 5.25am, Central Station 5.29am) and certain stations after Roma St but it’s important to remember that you need to be there ready to get on, especially if you have lots of luggage, because they don’t stop for long.

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Gold Coast Train: Stop at Helensdale for G-Link tram, Nerang for bus services, Varsity Lakes for Robina and Airport

Make sure you check the platform as it may change. For more information, the Translink website will let you enter the details of your Start and End stations, the day and time you require. The bus connections will also be included, so enter the whole journey.

You may find this is the least expensive way to the Gold Coast. There was a Skybus service which is faster, but it is more expensive and is currently not available.

Some practical information: (Check for updates before you leave)

  • Get to the station early. If you are entering the station from Roma Street, there is a ramp, or you can carry your bag up a flight of stairs if it’s not too big. There is also access from the northern side, near the Roma St Parklands.
  • Check the departure time and platform. There are lifts to each platform located on the east side of the tunnel under the platforms.
  • You’ll notice that there are sections of the platform that are higher than others. Go to the higher section as this makes it easier for you to get your luggage in.
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Roma St Station platform – note the raised section to the left.
  • Save on your fare.  If you have a Go card (the Translink stored value card), use it. The fares for different types of tickets is displayed when you plan your journey using the Translink website links.
  • The trains are wifi enabled, a very useful feature if you’ve just flown in and haven’t sorted out a data connection yet.
  • You will change from the train at the end of the line (Varsity Lakes) to the Translink bus (or vice versa). You must tap out at the station and tap on in the bus. You will not be charged twice, it is a ‘follow-on’ trip which is cheaper than two separate stages. Make sure you catch the 760 bus to Tweed Heads. If you are leaving the Airport to catch the train, you must take the Robina 760 bus. If you are unsure, ask the driver.
  • There are no trolleys at Varsity Lakes station where you have to walk about 100m to the bus. However, there is a platform lift, so you don’t have to carry those bags up or down escalators or stairs.
Varsity Lakes Station
  • As the sun comes up during your journey, it’s not all in the dark. If it’s a week day, there may be other commuters, especially school children, particularly on the bus.
Varsity Lakes Station. Don’t forget to tap on or off depending on your direction of travel

When you arrive at the airport, it will cost you AU$5 for a trolley, paid by card so be ready, if you need one.

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Baggage carousel & trolleys, Domestic Arrival area

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