Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Gold Coast
Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways have waived their change and cancellation fees on flights to Gold Coast. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways, LATAM Airlines and Delta do not allow booking a middle seat on flights to Gold Coast.
An average direct flight from Australia to Gold Coast takes 4h 07m, covering a distance of 1343 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - Coolangatta with an average flight time of 2h 00m.
The cheapest ticket to Gold Coast from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $75. The most popular route is from Melbourne to Coolangatta and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $97.
Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines & Qantas Airways fly the most frequently from Australia to Gold Coast.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Coolangatta (100% of total searches to Gold Coast).
To transfer to and from Gold Coast Airport you can take the TransLink Bus that departs every half an hour and connects with a train if you want to travel further, for example to Brisbane. If you are looking for a convenient and comfortable transfer, use the SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle, which stops at the most popular locations along the Gold Coast and provides you with Internet access. It is also a good idea to book a hotel that offers airport transfers.
If you have an overnight layover, consider booking a room in La Costa Motel: it is near to Gold Coast Airport and comes with a free airport shuttle service. There is also the Gold Coast Airport Motel located a short walk from the airport, which can organize airport transfers if needed. Those travelling on a budget can spend the night at Coolangatta YHA, which is also within walking distance of the airport.
Yes, the airport features self-service luggage storage facilities where you will find lockers to securely store your items. The rates are for 24 hours and differ according to the size of the item.
Yes, there are six rental companies operating at Gold Coast Airport opposite the arrivals hall. To save time after your flight to Gold Coast by having the vehicle ready for you, as well as to ensure you get the best deal, you can book the car online.
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "staff were nice"
Cons: "-priority boarding isn’t priority -only vegetarian food"
Cons: "Have a choice of both sweet & savoury snacks onboard."
Cons: "Allow married people to travel with their new names."
Cons: "The frittata and the spinach was not the best meal, but the rest seemed really good."
Pros: "Quantas Entertainment app was great!"
Cons: "Quantas seems to have frequent gate changes. You have to pay attention. No WiFi in terminals despite posted signs."
Cons: "Lost 2 of 3 bags. Still don’t have them. Some staff very helpful and empathetic. Some staff very rude and abrasive. Didn’t want to take ownership and work to correct the problem. Had a “not my problem” attitude"
Cons: "very cramped"
Cons: "Crazy long delay. Wasted a whole extra day at the airport with no help or accommodations. :("
Cons: "I told Nicole that my sound wasn’t working and I had tried with 3 different headsets. She just shrugged her shoulders and walked away. Not good enough for the price you pay for Qantas. I travel with qantas all the time and have never received service like this."
Pros: "Normal standard for that kind of trip"
Pros: "I loved Qantas's attention to detail and their exceptionally friendly staff. Best airline I've used in recent years."
Cons: "Never went, why would you not know that?"
Pros: "Both planes were clean service was good"
Cons: "Both flights delayed"
Pros: "Excellet service. I liked where I seat that was very much appreciated. Its nice to have delightful meal and having bottle of water in seat pocket was a nice thought. Boarding was excelent. It was called section by section. Cabin crew were very friendly and attentive. I always like to fly with Qantas"
Cons: "What I don’t like is always late in boarding... But having said never be late in arrival. Always arrived in time .."
Pros: "Great service, flight was not packed and had an exit row to myself."
Cons: "Delayed by a half hour. Better than the 2 hours the last time I took this flight 3 weeks ago."
Pros: "Roomy, boarding was efficient, clean"
Cons: "some crew member favoring, service attitude"
Pros: "Overall a comfortable way to travel."
Cons: "For flying business the food was awful; the person sitting next to me actually sent his meal back it was so bad. They had a relatively pedestrian menu, but were unable to deliver. The steak was overcooked and grey throughout, prawn starter was tasteless and bland, and panna cotta was overly sweet and weirdly goopy. The dinner options were so uninspiring that I skipped. I understand that it's airline food - but don't offer it if you can't at least make it slightly acceptable.... The staff was a bit all over the place and slow - it seems like having the flight at capacity was too much for them to handle. The sets in business are really starting to show their age and need a really need a steam clean."
Pros: "Great crew, meals were good."
Cons: "Flight delayed three hours."
Pros: "Comfortable chairs."
Cons: "With an almost 3 hour delay the lack of information from Qantas staff was infuriating and we were held in what felt like a ‘holding pen’"
Pros: "No issues, quick and friendly."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Delayed no information"
Pros: "Great at all."
Pros: "I watched heaps of movies and programs."
Pros: "Flew over the Antarctic! Had an empty seat next to me Looking out of the window Good entertainment system"
Cons: "Not offered a drink until I asked on both meal services. 2hr late departing due to airport congestion due to to Qantas over Sydney centric focus. Food was good but maybe a bit sparse Evidence of of cost cutting. Long flight (14hrs)"
Pros: "Staff was very accommodating"
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Angle lie seats. Controls for seating and entertainment fidgety"
Pros: "Everything on time."
Cons: "Average airline compared to Singapore & MZ airlines"
Pros: "Close to two hours delay leaving Australia"
Cons: "I was surprised that we were flying a different carrier than Emirates"
Pros: "On time dep and arr."
Cons: "Nothing specific."
Pros: "Helpful staff, good vegetarian foods"
Pros: "They went above and beyond"
Cons: "All was great"
Pros: "on time"
Cons: "very rough ride"
Pros: "I flew to Sydney from Dallas and back and I had no problems or issues. I would fly Qantas again."
Pros: "I liked that they accommodated my dietary restrictions"
Cons: "I didn't like the seating. It was really cramped"
Pros: "The special meals for my son and daughter were amazing!"
Pros: "Every person that works for this airline (that I came in contact with) was very helpful, extremely nice, and very supprtive."
Cons: "Old 747"
Pros: "All went like clock work. Stress free experience."
Cons: "Major issue was not the flight but Sydney sirport's byzantine international-domestic flight transfer system. It is perhaps the worst system I have used to greet newly arrived travellers to Australia if they are travelling further afield than Sydney. Perhaps Sydites believe that Sydney IS Australia! :("
Pros: "Left and arrived on time"
Cons: "No entrainment"
Cons: "Plane was delayed by 3hours...We missed our connection to Cape Town"
Cons: "No in-flight wifi or video streaming. Lift your game, Aussie airlines."
Pros: "Everything seemed to run smoothly and efficiently, from boarding to disembarkation."
Cons: "The snack offered on board was quite small."
Pros: "I just enjoy Virgin as the crew are always nice"
Cons: "I find the seats a little uncomfortable. But it’s possible just me"
Pros: "The jumbo-ness of the craft. I felt kind of like being on a cruise ship - which is good! The attendants were terrific."
Cons: "Overhead light kind of spilled over to my neighbor's seat (me being in the outer aisle chair) even after being adjusted as much out as possible. Not a problem if my neighbor had one of those sleep masks..."
Pros: "Movies good Boarding and luggage retrieval good"
Cons: "Arrived an hour late Was another passengers fault tho but annoying"
Pros: "Left and arrived on time. The plane was nice and clean"
Cons: "Nothing. It was all good"
Pros: "Great luggage allowance and best prices."
Cons: "Not Applicable"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Cons: "Not much"
Pros: "fast boarding"
Cons: "better movies"
Cons: "Could not add baggage online"
Pros: "Quick easy painless and on time"
Pros: "pleasant crew"
Cons: "food choices in business class ordinary"
Pros: "I arrived home safely!"
Cons: "The hostess ran out of tea and when I asked for a top up she did not come back"
Pros: "Taking my elderly mother up to the Gold Coast to visit my sister is always a challenge but thanks to the beautiful staff at Virgin it was made so easy. Just outstanding customer service. Thank you so much."
Cons: "Going Melbourne delayed nearly 1.5hour Back home Brisbane another nearly 1.5hour and gate change a few times Very very bad experience"
Pros: "We were looked after very well by Tamara"
Pros: "they eventually returned it"
Cons: "they lost my bag"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "they lost our bag on a direct flight, how can they do that? when we got there they only have an agent who told us to contact virgin airlines in melbourne!!!"
Pros: "The staff were lovely."
Cons: "The flight was delayed by two hours, the earphone jack only worked through one side."
Pros: "Everything was great. On time and very nice service Thanks"
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "Free drink and snack Courteous service Arrived on time Free registered luggage"
Cons: "Flight cancelled, then booked by Virgin without consultation, onto a flight via Sydney that would take 6 1/2 hrs to get there, had to request another flight but still lost most of the day of my holiday, plus left with many phone calls re change of rental car, arrival , parking bookings, and no compensation and then stress when I got to the airport and was told that despite being "booked " on the much later flight, now I might not actually have a seat. I had to wait while attendant at counter tried to find seats and only watch as they were taken by someone else several times. So unnecessarily stressful and misleading. Lost my original seats, had to sit separate from my companion, and no real concern by Virgin about their impact on customers' plans. Last time I flew, the plane was cancelled, and we had to wait hours for another one in the terminal, so I missed the body corporate meeting that was the ONLY reason I was flying to Brisbane, paying for overnight accommodation and car rental and flight and I MISSED it. Huge cost for NOTHING, as despite driving straight to the meeting, it was just finishing. Whilst at the airport trying to fly home, I heard another Virgin flight cancelled , again due to "unscheduled maintenance". Seems that maintenance and mechanical problems are common and way more common than they should be. So that is a big worry!"
Pros: "Breakfast mushrooms were good."
Cons: "No butter for breakfast roll."
Pros: "Every employee I've met has made my trip seamless and delightful. Your employees are very professional. Wish you were in the US!!"
Pros: "everything was great, more movie options would be better"
Cons: "Waiting time on transfer Staff attitude"
Pros: "Liked that they boarded from front and back"
Pros: "Baggage price"
Pros: "Flight crew were lovely."
Cons: "Got told to "sit back down and don't worry" when our first flight was delayed, after I asked the lady at the gate that we may miss our connecting flight. She put other customers on different flights to make their connections, but when I approached was denied, and ensured we would make out next flight. Missed the next flight and had to wait another 3.5 hours for the next flight, even after explaining the situation to a gentleman at the customer service desk, he said he could not help us, and gave my partner and i am $8 food voucher while we waited as a 'sorry'. Then on the way home another 30 min delay. horrible first experience flying, Was very disappointed in the customer service & missed my brothers wedding. I should have booked Qantas instead of Virgin."
Pros: "Seating was ok and staff friendly"
Cons: "No entertainment or even papers on a 2 hour flight. Refreshment menu is pretty awful and expensive."
Cons: "I would have liked to know about the virgin entertainment app ahead of time. By the time the captain announced the option to use the app it was too late to download."
Cons: "Flight was very bumpy, and the air inside the plane was stuffy. I felt nauseated all the way through from take off to landing"
Pros: "Short distance, so don't care"
Cons: "Little bit of delay"
Cons: "I paid $65 for a seat with extra legroom, 13F, but at the airport found that I had been moved to 8A. Couldn't get my seat back, so spent 25 minutes on the phone to Virgin Australia today getting a refund."
Cons: "The only vegetarian food option contained gelatine, and when I asked for something different, I was told that they 'don't do that'. However, when a couple asked for something different for religious reasons, they were given another meal. I have been a vegetarian for 16 years, but apparently ethics means nothing when compared to religion. Staff were not sympathetic at all, and we went without a meal, after paying a lot of money for the flight, and checking in advance that there would be vegetarian food. Gelatine is not vegetarian."
Pros: "The awesome app"
Pros: "It didnt happen so not much"
Cons: "They cancelled the flight and didnt tell me. The only reason i knew is Tripcase sent me a notification"
Cons: "You are all ways late"
Cons: "The flight was cancelled the last minute and I called the carrier airlines and they say that nothing can be done and I asked to speak to someone from Kayak and I called a mobile number and had no answer , I will never book again"
Pros: "Pleasant crew"
Cons: "Virgin still doesn't cater for gluten intolerance dietary requirement...it's so easy with a stew, curry, salad etc...anything without pasta or bread..yet they manage to ensure that there's gluten in EVERYTHING, even dishes that shouldn't normally have them...not happy Virgin, take a leaf from Qantas!"
Cons: "In flight entertainment. Need more documentaries"
Pros: "Flight and cabin crew were good"
Cons: "Long delays at check in. Having arrived very early, i was horrified at size of queue."
Pros: "On time. Courteous employees."
Cons: "Travelled business class for a change expecting a meal. But there was not meal only nuts cheese and crackers. The red wine was excellent"
Pros: "personal treatment and friendly cabin staff"
Pros: "Quick boarding and exiting. Great experience."
Pros: "Lucky it's only a two hour flight. You're sitting during the day so it doesn't matter if seat doesn't go down. Smooth flight though."
Cons: "It's cramped and when you have a window seat with two bulky guys sitting next to you forget the pipe dream of getting up to stretch your legs or even resting your arm on the arm rest."
Pros: "Good crew, very friendly. Went above and beyond to find a passenger at baggage claim who left something on board."
Cons: "Boarding was very delayed."
Pros: "Seat was uncomfortable, crew was lovely"
Cons: "Tired seats should be updated."
Cons: "Flight was almost 2 hours late. Short flight ended up being over 2 hrs as landing conditions were not suitable and plane had to keep hovering around the airport for a long time before it was cleared to land. Crew was very nice. Seats very roomy in economy."
Cons: "I learned that JetStar was the cheapest option for a reason. Check-in at Narita was a nightmare. Without any luggage to check it was over 1.5 hour wait just to check in."
Pros: "business seats did not reclined ..... if i knew that not buying jetstar"
Pros: "They did try to make up time in the air"
Cons: "Plane was a little late arriving so boarding was delayed which then resulted in longer delays as wind gusts kicked in and could not take off after boarding the plane result missed bus connections"
Pros: "Good seats"
Cons: "Very rude male crew My baby started crying only by the end of the journey because her ears were hurting her due to high atmospheric pressure, and the guy came and shouted at her and us to stop crying !!"
Pros: "None of it"
Cons: "The whole Jetstar team"
Cons: "The entire experience"
Pros: "Good seat and small load so could move around"
Cons: "No entertainment and charges for everything."
Cons: "It was discouraging to know after the posted fare and slapped with different pricing of luggage weight, etc."
Pros: "Very good everything"
Cons: "Fast efficient travel friendly staff"
Pros: "i like the use of kiosks they need to have more machines as the staff have a poor service attitude and give the responses as machines."
Cons: "Booked a ticket with 20kg checked bag; didn't pack as much so took a carry on. The flight was delayed so they decided to weigh carry ons. It came to 10kg plus Laptop bag. They charged me $50 extra. On explaining I have 20kgs included and am happy to go check it in myself. They didn't let me. Not sure why when the flight was delayed by more than 30 min. staff not helpful or considerate. No solution offered to make me happy or to acknowledge that I had already paid for 20kg. I could be talking to a machine and it would've been the same outcome."
Pros: "Clean planes."
Cons: "Hidden last minute weight fees on carry ons. In our case an extra $360. This is apparently a common complaint. Terrible scam."
Cons: "Beware, they charge $15 per kilogram for over weight luggage."
Pros: "Overall good"
Cons: "Staff appear permanently unhappy and like they don't enjoy the job"
Cons: "Flight cancelled Had to recheck in. Boarding gate changed 3 times"
Pros: "I am traveling from the USA and I had heard some bad stories about JetStar but my experience was really good."
Pros: "The price"
Cons: "The only time we saw the cabin crew was when they were selling something."
Cons: "The flight was cancelled at short notice without explanation"
Pros: "Aircraft and crew"
Cons: "Over one hour at check in."
Pros: "Very smooth boarding and pleasant on board crew."
Cons: "Inconsistencies in interpretation of cabin baggage Browns cows boarding procedures, lack of organization, time wasting system of issuing boarding pass at the gate after scanning tablet or phone, perhaps that should be done at bag drop"
Pros: "Jetstar, only because we had a wheelchair request was our experience okay"
Cons: "we felt like just a number otherwise"
Cons: "2h delay"
Pros: "Everyone was very polite, to compensate for ripping us off on the cost of our luggage... By the kilo!"
Cons: "No info when we purchased the ticket on Kayak that this airline does not charge by the bag, but by the kilo. No chance to buy kilos when we bought the ticket. Got ripped off at the airport. This airline is is for backpackers, NOT for the international traveler"
Pros: "The crew was amazing."
Pros: "All was good from boarding to exiting"
Pros: "Plane ride smooth and the service for every part of trip was great. This exceeded my expectations."
Cons: "departing late (again)"
Pros: "plenty of room nice staff"
Cons: "The hidden baggage cost more than taking a first class flight on a different airline, normal 50lb bags traveling over seas for 2 weeks."
Pros: "It was good. Nothing extra. It was efficient. We arrived safely on time."
Pros: "Easy online check in hassle free flight"
Cons: "Worker was too loud while I was trying to nap"
Cons: "Seats were extremeley uncomfortable, crew was rude and spoke down to the customers and even yelled at them!"
Pros: "JetStar is an ala carte airline. So don't expect extras. That said, they are very capable, speedy and cost effective."
Pros: "Very friendly check in and welcoming staff"
Cons: "All food and drink had to be purchased"
Cons: "Customer Service was terrible. I had issues with checking in, I was made to stand in a queue, 4 times, for the same issue. Unacceptable. I will not fly with Jet Star again if I am in Australia. I would pay double for a better experience."
Cons: "No leg room at all..."
Pros: "Low fares!"
Cons: "Given the low fare it was fine, Very limited choices on entertainment package."
Cons: "i was offered a refund, but I'm still waiting for this to be confirmed."
Pros: "Was onetime and landed early."
Pros: "Planes are new and nice!"
Cons: "Seat had a lump in it"
Pros: "Both metatarsal flights were comfortable and smooth. I purchased better seats for just $25, since the flights were so long. The airplanes are brand new and very modern."
Pros: "I'm still trying to get carry on luggage. they weighed it in Honolulu and said it was fine but the stewardess in Sydney said she could tell it was too heavy by just picking it up. Still don't have it"
Pros: "My trip back to Sydney was more pleasant. Plane was extremely clean and comfortable."
Airlines flying to Gold Coast have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Gold Coast
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Gold Coast
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Gold Coast
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Gold Coast
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Gold Coast