GETTING TO CANBERRA
Driving to Canberra is a breeze. Australia’s capital is a three hour drive from Sydney and eight hours from Melbourne. There are plenty of scenic route alternatives if you like to get off the beaten track and visit one of the many country towns along the way.
Driving from Sydney to Canberra – 3.5 hours
Driving from Melbourne to Canberra – 8 hours
Qantas (13 13 13) | Regular flights to Canberra from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Virgin Australia (13 67 89) | Regular flights between Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth.
TigerAir (1300 174 266) | Operates low-cost return services Canberra – Melbourne and Canberra – Brisbane.
Fly Pelican (02 4965 0111) | Direct flights between Canberra and Newcastle daily, with connecting flights from Newcastle to other regional New South Wales airports.
Singapore Airlines – Daily flights from Singapore to Canberra (short stop in Sydney inbound, non-stop outbound)
Qatar Airways – Daily flight from Doha to Canberra (stop in Sydney inbound and outbound)
TRAINS & COACHES
Want to go overland, but prefer someone else to take care of the driving?
Regular bus and coach services to Canberra are available from Sydney, Melbourne, regional New South Wales and beyond. There are also train options if you prefer railway travel, or why not sit back and relax in your own chauffeur driven car.
GETTING AROUND CANBERRA
TAXIS AND CABS
To catch a taxi in Canberra, use a taxi rank where the clearly marked cars are parked and ready for dispatch. You can also phone ahead or book online.
Canberra taxi companies include:
ACT Cabs – 02 6280 0077
Canberra Elite – 6126 1600 or SMS your name, pickup address and time to be collected to 0481 072 700.
Silver Service – 13 31 00. This premium service features luxury sedans and seven seater vans.
Canberra welcomes Uber and there’s even an Uber waiting lounge at the airport (just outside the Baggage Claim area)
GoCatch is another ride sharing options in Canberra.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS
Transport Canberra runs ACTION Bus route Rapid 3 with regular services between the Canberra Airport terminal through to the City interchange, Belconnen interchange, Cohen St interchange to Spence Terminus, seven days a week including public holidays. The Rapid 3 route operates every 15 minutes through the day (weekdays) and every 30 minutes on weekends. The trip from Canberra airport terminal to the City is less than 20 minutes.
An official Transport Canberra ticket vending machine is located on the ground floor within arrivals hall at Canberra Airport. The ticket vending machine’s user-friendly touch screen allows a simple and fast transaction for passengers to purchase a single or daily adult/concession tickets for bus and light rail using these machines.
Driving is one of the best ways to see Canberra. With plenty of parking, no tollways and very little congestion, you’ll find driving in Canberra a breeze. Either bring your own or hire a car when you get here.
You can get pretty much anywhere with Canberra’s public transport options.
Transport Canberra operates the public bus and light rail network, a convenient and cost-effective way for visitors to get around Canberra.
Transport Canberra standard services cover all Canberra suburbs from its four bus interchanges at the Belconnen, City, Tuggeranong and Woden town centres. Light rail runs from Gungahlin to the city along Northbourne Avenue.
FREE CULTURE LOOP BUS
Ride the free Culture Loop bus to 10 attractions. Operating daily from 9am to 5pm, you can park once and ride all day for free. The Culture Loop stops include Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Library of Australia, Questacon, National Museum of Australia, National Capital Exhibition and the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the Canberra Centre.
Canberra is surrounded by artisan food makers who provide local restaurateurs with fresh organic produce, smoked meats, on site roasted coffee and craft beer. An eclectic mix of cafes, fine dining and bars has hit the mark in recent years, resulting in a number of hatted restaurants, including Aubergine, Capitol Bar & Grill, Monster Bar and Kitchen, Lilotang and Piallago Farmhouse.