Located on Australia’s South-East Queensland coastline, the Gold Coast is serviced by two major airports. The Brisbane Domestic and International Airport is less than one hours drive away, while the Gold Coast Airport is just 30 minutes drive from the centre of Surfers Paradise.
The Gold Coast Airport is the fastest growing international airport in the country and offers domestic and international services. Gold Coast Airport services 4.5 million passengers per year, 380 domestic and international flights per week. The recent upgrade of passenger facilities at the airport has seen direct flights from all major Australian cities, including over 25 services from Sydney and 20 from Melbourne. The Gold Coast Airport is located 1 hour and 15 minute flight from Sydney Airport. Regular International air services are available from key Asian ports offering long haul connections to Middle East, Europe & UK. Air New Zealand fly direct to the Gold Coast from Auckland and other major cities in New Zealand – with connections available to West Coast USA and Canada.
Located less than one hour north of the Gold Coast, Brisbane is the main international airport servicing South East Queensland. Connected by fast access using the Pacific Motorway and Airtrain, Brisbane’s world-class airport rail link creates a seamless connection between Brisbane International Airport and the Gold Coast.
Transport options include:
• Rail – Airtrain offers up to 4 express trains per hour direct to the Gold Coast - www.airtrain.com.au
• Road – Coach, Limousine, Taxi, Car Hire
Brisbane Airport services large passenger movements, accommodating 12 million travellers a year with 2.6 million travellers at its international terminal and 9.5 million passengers at the domestic terminal. The Airport is serviced by a growing total of 34 airlines, with direct services to 28 international destinations each week. Domestically the Airport caters for 1,800 movements per week with a choice for travellers to fly directly to 35 domestic locations.
Airtrain is a privately owned and operated railway. We commenced operations in May 2001 with license from Queensland Transport. This allows us to build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT Scheme) the Brisbane Airport Rail Link for 35 years. We own 8.5 kilometres of elevated railway and two stations at Brisbane Airport.
You'll find our service is completely integrated into the QR suburban network. Our trains can take you from Brisbane Airport directly to the Brisbane CBD, and then on to the Gold Coast. You can also travel on a single ticket from any station in south-east Queensland to Brisbane Airport.
You might be surprised to know that Airtrain isn't subsidised by the Queensland Government. It was built with private funds at the cost of $220 million. This adds up to 250 piers, 1000 girders weighing 90 tonnes each and 21,000 cubic metres of concrete. You'll find that it breaks records as Australia's longest elevated viaduct.
To ensure the line is always in top condition, we've partnered with Transfield Services (www.transfieldservices.com). As you'd expect, they provide excellent operations and maintenance on the Airtrain rail link.
If you're travelling to and from Brisbane Airport, you can look forward to our high quality level of service. But you shouldn't just take our word for it. We've won the 2009 CSIA Service Excellence Award for the Best Customer Service in Australia (click here to visit the Customer Service Institute of Australia). We also took home this prestigious award in 2007 and 2005. But you'll be glad to know we're not resting on our laurels. We're always looking for ways to make our service even better for you.