Brisbane to Gold Coast
From any of Brisbane's downtown railway stations (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Central, Roma Street and South Brisbane) you can catch a QR Gold Coast line Citytrain which will call at Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes stations in the Gold Coast suburbs. Generally speaking, there are two trains every hour, and depending which station you travel to and from, the journey takes 60 to 90 minutes. If you want to travel to downtown Surfers Paradise or to Southport or Broadbeach, you should get off the train at Helensvale station then change to the connecting Gold Coast Light Rail that departs from right next to the station platforms at Helensvale. Trams leave every few minutes and takle about 30 minutes to reach downtown Surfers Paradise. All travel on Brisbane to Gold Coast trains and on Light Rail trams is covered by the GoCard system. If you don't have a GoCard you can buy one at your local Brisbane railway station before boarding the train. Seats are not reserved, so simply ensure you have enough credit on your GoCard, tap on at the station, hop on board your train and tap off at the destination (and tap off and on again if you change to the tram at Helensvale).