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Flying into Beautiful Surfers Paradise

There are many reasons to visit the coastal city south of Brisbane named Surfers Paradise. The small city is perched along a three kilometer strip of golden sand, and is one of Australia’s biggest tourist destinations. From the glamorous luxury of high-rise apartments and vibrant nightlife to the chill-out surfer vibe on the beach, this city has it all.
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Want to experience it all for yourself? Then dive into this article to learn the essential travel information, tips, and useful advice for making your arrival into Surfers Paradise a smooth one.

What is the Best Way to Fly Into Surfers Paradise?

The closest airport to Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast/Coolangatta Airport (OOL), located 25 kilometers south of Surfers. While it is an international airport, it is fairly small, and thus operates with a limited number of airlines, including Air Asia, Air New Zealand, Air North, Jetstar, Qantas, Scoot, Tigerair, Virgin, and Seair Pacific.

The cost of flying into Coolangatta Airport will depend on your point of origin, but the cheapest flights to Surfers Paradise will always be with low-cost airlines, like Tigerair, Jetstar, and Scoot. You can fly into Coolangatta Airport for as little as AUD $49 from Sydney with Tigerair, for AUD $79 from Newcastle with Jetstar, AUD $119 from Perth with Jetstar, AUD $129 from Canberra with Virgin, and AUD $199 from Singapore with Scoot.

The Coolangatta Airport is tucked away in a quiet suburb in the Gold Coast, so traffic around the airport is never an issue. But arriving or departing in the morning may lead to delays at security and customs inside the airport, so it is best to time your flights at mid-afternoon, when the traffic at the airport is more manageable.

How Do I Get to and From the Airport?

The fastest and easiest way to get to and from Coolangatta Airport is to travel by taxi. Keep in mind that the airport is located 30 minutes away from Surfers Paradise, so a cab ride will set you back at least AUD $60. A cheaper option for those traveling alone is to pre-book an airport transfer that could cost as little as AUD $22 for a one-way journey.

The ultimate budget friendly way to get to and from the airport is to use public transportation. The trip will take about an hour, but will cost you under $10. From the airport, take bus #777 to Broadbeach South Station, and switch to the tram heading towards the Gold Coast University Hospital. 

Where is the Best Place to Stay?

If you want to get the most out of your time in Surfers Paradise, staying in the city is your best bet. Accommodation options vary from high-rise premium hotels to cheap backpacker hostels. Airbnb and other apartment rentals are also gaining popularity in the region. Book early and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from within your budget.

If you are booking last-minute, the following options are worth looking into.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is a true five-star resort, great for those looking for a luxurious stay. Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is located about a 15-minute walk from the heart of Surfers Paradise, offering stunning ocean views, spacious rooms, and fantastic recreational facilities. For a more affordable option, check out Vibe Hotel Gold Coast on the banks of Narang River. The rooms are simple, but come with necessary amenities, and the location can’t be beat.

How Does One Get Around Surfers Paradise?

Surfers Paradise is small and easy to get around on foot. It would take you 30 minutes at most to get from one side of the city to the other, and most accommodation options are located in close proximity to the beach. If you want to get out and explore Gold Coast beyond Surfers Paradise, public busses offer good transportation options around the area. Taxis are widely available and offer another option for those looking for a hassle-free way to get around.

Are There Any Additional Travel Tips?

If you are flying into Gold Coast Airport from overseas, be mindful about what you bring into the country. On arrival, your bags will be scanned with an x-ray, and could be inspected by detector dogs and/or a biosecurity officer. Ensure that you declare all goods on the Incoming Passenger Card, especially food, plants, animals, and biological goods to guarantee a quick and hassle-free arrival into Surfers Paradise.