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Gold Coast Train Services

Train Services on the Gold Coast

Catching a train around the Gold Coast is a great way to cheaply and easily visit Brisbane, get to the northern attractions (namely Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild and the Australian Outback Spectacular) in conjunction with a bus transfer, catch the latest game at Skilled Park or simply to get around neighbouring suburbs. 

The commuter trains on these lines are all fairly new and offer a lot of seating, room for standing with bicycles, disabled access and air conditioning which is a relief in the hot summers. Queensland Rail has also improved your travel experience with the introduction of free Wi-Fi in certain carriages on the City network trains.

The are six train stations on the Gold Coast Ormeau, Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes. The line is linked up to the much larger Queensland Rail network and is part of the South East rail line.

The train line runs down the western side of the coast (closely following the M1 motorway) and each train station is a 10-15 min drive from the beach where most holiday accommodation providers are (in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach). Unfortunately there are currently no train lines running into the main beachside areas of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads, however the new Gold Coast Light Rail is set to change that. 

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Gold Coast Train Stations

Varsity Lakes Station
Corner Scottsdale Drive and Cormandel Lane, Varsity Lakes
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 4.45am - 12.30am; Fri 4.45am - 1.30am; Sat 6am - 1.30am; Sun 6am - 12am
Best stop for: Burleigh Heads, Reedy Creek

Robina Station
Bayberry Lane, Robina
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Best stop for: Robina Town Centre, Skilled Park, Mudgeeraba

Nerang Station
Warrener Street, Nerang
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 4.45am - 12.30am; Fri 4.45am - 1.30am; Sat 6am - 1.15am; Sun 6am - 11.45pm
Best stop for: Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Sea World

Helensvale Station
Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 5.00am - 7pm; Sat - Sun 6am - 7pm
Best stop for: Harbour Town, Helensvale Town Centre, Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild, Labrador, Southport

Coomera Station
Railway Reserve, 11 Foxwell Road, Coomera
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 5.45am - 7pm; Sat - Sun 6am - 7pm
Best stop for: Dreamworld, Sanctuary Cove

Ormeau Station
200 Mirambeena Drive, Pimpama
Phone: 13 16 17
Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Thur 6am - 1pm; Wed 6am - 9.30am; Fri 6am - 11am

Translink Go Card

The cheaper option to the almost completely phased out paper ticket system is the Translink Go Card; an electronic ticket that you can swipe as you get on and off public transport for hassle free travel. The card works on all public transport on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, which includes buses, trains and the CityCat ferry services.

You can top up the balance of your Go Card at pay stations around most train stations and then simply scan your card as you get on the train and when you get off. Your fare will automatically be deducted from the balance on your card and also display the remaining balance.

There is no problem with using multiple transport routes and types, your Go Card will work out from the swipes that you are on one journey and charge you accordingly.

Brisbane Airport Transfer

Airtrain is a separately run service but uses the Queensland Rail network to provide express journeys from Gold Coast railway stations to the Brisbane Airport. Visit the Brisbane Airport Transfers page to find out more about this service and book online.