Getting To Surfers Paradise From The Airport

It can be confusing when going from an airport to a strange destination, especially when you’re traveling to a different country.

However, you have a lot of choices when you’re figuring out how to get from the Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise.  The Gold Coast Airport, also known as Coolangatta Airport, is at southern end of the Gold Coast 100 km south of Brisbaneand 25 km south of Surfers Paradise.

The airport is directly on the line between New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland so that you land in one state and arrive in the other!

In summer they are in different time zones.  It is a fairly small terminal but accommodates 3.5 million passengers a year; it is not open 24/7 but closes at night.

You’ll have a lot of choices in transport.

There is a shuttle that charges about $21 per person but it only goes to hotels in Surfers Paradise instead of a central point.

Most of the hotels are on or close to Cavill Avenuein the heart of Surfers Paradise (just a couple of hundred metres away) and you can ask the driver which stop would be best for The Shore.  The shuttle desk can tell you which one to take.

A taxi is more expensive, about $55, and a limousine is about the same; a stretch limousine is even more costly at about $110.

It will take about 30 minutes to travel by taxi and about the same in a shuttle although you’ll be sharing the ride with other passengers on a shuttle.

Surfside Buslines operates 7 days a week and charges about $10 to take passenger north to Southport, Palm Beach, Surfers Paradise and other destinations.

The Transport and Information Desk at the Airport can direct you to transportation services and sell you tickets.  They will also tell you how to get to the free Airport Link shuttle that will take you to the Gold Coast Highway where you can pick up public transportation.

If you want to rent a car there are major rental companies that include Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Hertz and Europcar as well as local rental companies like East Coast Car Rentals and Costless Car Rental.

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