Getting around: Sunshine Coast car hire and transport options

Transport options on the Sunshine Coast and the best tools to help you get from attraction to attraction.

Spread across 60km of prime Queensland coastline, there's plenty of places to visit along the Sunshine Coast. Luckily, navigating your way around is simple with the right know-how.

Below we've outlined your transport options as well ads the best apps to download before you arrive so that you'll know exactly how to get from A to B quickly, cheaply and easily.

Sunshine Coast public transport

Types of transport: Noosa and the Sunshine Coast's transport service is TransLink. Buses, trams, trains and ferries operate under this system. Suburbs within the Sunshine Coast are walkable but as the Sunshine Coast is a region, it's best to use public transport or hire a car to see all the sights.

Paying for transport: The go card is TransLink's electronic ticket. It lets you ride all its services without having to purchase individual tickets by pre-loading it with funds. The go card can be used on public transport in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. It can also be used on Brisbane's Airtrain. Cards can be purchased and topped up online or at local retailers. You can find more information on the TransLink website here.

Best apps for getting around: The MyTransApp is the official app for Noosa and the Sunshine Coast's TransLink services. Its features include a journey planner, a trip announcer which allows you to see upcoming stops and your remaining journey time, a stop timetable and stop finder. You can download the MyTransApp from the Apple store here.

Car hire rental companies on the Sunshine Coast






Cabs and Uber

Cabs: Taxis are available throughout the Sunshine Coast and can be pre-booked or hailed on the street. Suncoast Cabs operates out of Sunshine Coast Airport. Fares to Noosa with them are approximately $100 and will incur a $2 taxi service fee.

Uber: On-demand ride service Uber is available throughout the Sunshine Coast. uberX, uberASSIST and uberSELECT vehicles operate out of Sunshine Coast Airport. uberX fares to Noosa are estimated to be $40–$54.

Other car hire services

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are all located in the arrivals hall of the terminal. It's recommended that you pre-book your car prior to arrival to ensure your rate and car preference. Not sure which to go with? DriveNow and Jayride are car hire comparison service that can help you find the best deal and book your vehicle easily online.

For those looking for a car and driver, on-demand ride hire service Uber is also available on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast car hire deals

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Airport transfers

Shared transfer: Sunshine Coast Airport to hotel from $13
Shared transfer: Sunshine Coast Airport to hotel from $13


Shared transfer: Hotel to Sunshine Coast Airport from $13
Shared transfer: Hotel to Sunshine Coast Airport from $13


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    PeterMay 17, 2018

    Can you book an Uber both to an address and a pickup 2 hours later?

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      JeniMay 17, 2018Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      As a friendly reminder, while we do not represent any company we feature on our pages, we can offer you general advice.

      You can schedule a ride with Uber. All you have to do is to open the Uber app, then tap the car icon to schedule a ride. Next, provide pickup info then set your pickup date, time, location, destination, ride type, and get a fare estimate. Lastly,confirm the details of your upcoming trip and tap Schedule. Edit or cancel any time before your ride. Scheduled rides are subject to the same cancellation policies as on-demand rides.

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