How to Travel to the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2018

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Since the initial news of the Commonwealth Games being hosted at the Gold Coast 9 years ago, the Queensland Government has put more than $156 million dollars into the Commonwealth Games.

Over the next few days 672,000 visitors as well as 6,600 athletes are expected to visit putting pressure on roads, infrastructures and public transport.

If you’re planning to visit the Gold Coast during this time period, don’t expect to travel there the same way you would regularly and make sure you plan ahead of time. If you plan on catching public transport or driving to the games make sure to read ahead to find out what you will need to do to prepare.

Public Transport:

Public transport is the recommended way to travel to and from the Commonwealth Games and has been made free to ticketed spectators, GOLDOC accredited workforce and officials. Free transport services include Gold Coast and Brisbane’s TransLink South East Queensland public transport network and services via Cairns and Townsville will be made free via TransLink and qconnect bus services.

In addition to this, more buses, trains and trams will be running during the Commonwealth Games to ease crowds, with services estimated to be leaving every 15 minutes and sometimes more frequently during peak periods.

To see what public transport options you should take to get to your specific venue visit:

To plan your journey visit:!/home

Please note if you’re travelling via public transport and you have accessibility requirement it’s important to make sure your mobility device meets the criteria for size, height, weight and manoeuvrability. For more information on this visit:



If you’re driving to the games it’ll likely take longer than usual with expected congestion on the Pacific Motorway (M1). You will also need to plan ahead as there will be multiple road closures during the games commencing Friday 23 March.

For a full list of temporary road closures occurring at the Gold Coast visit:

To plan your trip using the GC2018 planner visit:!/home

In addition to road closures, if you plan to drive there will be a limited number of pre-booked Park ‘n’ ride spaces available to the public. Spaces are free to the public but to ensure you have secured one it’s important to book ahead of time. Park ‘n’ ride spaces will also only be available to ticketed spectators accessing GC2018 venues. Patrons parking in the facility have also been asked to catch a returning shuttle bus to the Park ‘n’ ride within 60 minutes of the end of competition timeframe, to ensure there is enough parking for everyone. Failure to do so will result in your car being towed, so make sure you’re on time! For a list of Park ‘n’ ride locations visit:

If you require further assistance please call: 1800 002 018

Author: Jaqquline Lawrie