What Gold Coast Tram Is Good For
The G:link tram has replaced quite a few bus services. It is a great way to get along the coastal strip of the Gold Coast from Broadbeach through to Southport and beyond.
In my opinion, the tram is best for these short trips
between Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Southport.
In the past, even getting from Broadbeach to Surfers
Paradise or Surfers to Broadbeach to visit attractions or
restaurants was complicated or expensive. Now, you simply find your
closest tram station, buy a ticket or tap n go with a
Whilst the trams don't run from Midnight through to 5am,
during the main part of the day (7am to 7pm) they tend to run approximately
every 7½ minutes. At the other times, you may have to wait around 15 minutes between services.
It has certainly made Southport and Broadwater Parklands
more accessible for visitors.
Another option for visitors who fly in from Brisbane Airport
is to use the AirTrain Service directly from the Brisbane
Airport to Helensvale Station and then transfer from the heavy
rail to the G:Link tram and continue the journey right into the
heart of Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.
The journey from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast takes
about 2½ hours (if you pick the option to take the fast
train and then the tram) and costs just under $40 per adult if you buy a one
paper ticket. If you have a GoCard, it will cost around $32.50 each way.
If you are flying into Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta,
the tram isn't much use (at the moment) to help you get to your
accommodation. There are other options for transport from this
What Gold Coast Tram Is
NOT Good For
The G:link tram has replaced some of the Express bus services that used to be
a fast and convenient way to get to the theme parks out at Oxenford and Coomera
(Movie World, Wet n Wild, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular,
Dreamworld & WhiteWater World).
The Express bus services (TX services - Theme Park Express)
had limited stops and ran at times to co-incide with the
opening and closing times of the theme parks.
There is now only one express service the TX7 service, which
connects Helensvale Station to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World,
Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Wet n Wild and
short extra walk from here to Paradise Country.
So, visitors need to make their way to Helensvale Station.
It is easy for Brisbane Visitors, however, for those staying in
Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach for example, the trip which
takes about 20 to 30 minutes in a car, will take from an hour to 1½ hours
Using these trams and public transport is the cheapest way
to get to the theme parks, but that's a lot of wasted
holiday time travelling!
Whilst the tram is great for many of the short trips
along the coastal strip, it is not really suited to getting you
to the theme parks and main attractions of the Gold Coast. One
of the better ways is to look at a
shuttle bus, which offers a
door to door service, family options and combination airport
and attraction transfers.