Although the Gold Coast is close enough to make Brisbane’s airport a convenient gateway, Gold Coast Airport (OOL) in Coolangatta at the southern end of the coast has frequent flights from most major destinations in Australia.
Surfside buses stop on the Gold Coast Highway outside the Airport, and they also operate an airport shuttle service from both Brisbane and Gold Coast/Coolangatta Airports with drop-offs to hostels and hotels along the Gold Coast. The shuttle costs around $21, so it’s a much better idea to walk five minutes to the highway and catch the local bus (route 700 to Surfers Paradise) for just $7.50 (or $5.24 with a go card).
If you’re travelling from Brisbane Airport, the Airtrain operates twice an hour with a connecting bus to Surfers Paradise. It costs $35.90 from the airport to Robina station or $55 with a connecting shuttle bus to your hostel.