Transportation Around Canberra

TransportationThe following information gives you handy tips about not only getting to Canberra but how to get around Canberra once you’ve arrived.

To Canberra


International flights

Fly into an interstate airport such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane and then take a domestic flight to Canberra. Visit the airport website for further information.

Trains and Coaches

See the countryside glide by in air-conditioned comfort. Canberra has a direct rail service from Sydney and a combined rail and bus service from Melbourne.

The train departs Sydney Central Station and travels to Canberra via the Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Bungendore. The trip to Canberra Railway Station takes around four and a half hours.

There is no direct rail service from Melbourne. Your service to Cootamundra, Bairnsdale or Wodonga will transfer you to Canberra by bus. Alternately catch the Sydney train from Melbourne and transfer to Canberra from Goulburn railway station.

Bus and coach services operate to and from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains, the South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Get great bus and train deals to Canberra by booking ahead.

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The drive to Canberra is easy and scenic. There are plenty of places along the way to rest, refuel and revive. Canberra's petrol stations are off the main roads. Look out for the signs to petrol and shopping centres.

From Sydney
Direct driving route: 3.5 hours
Leave Sydney via the M5 tollway, connecting to Hume Highway 31. Turn left after Goulburn on to the Federal Highway to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.

From Melbourne
Direct driving route: 8 hours
Follow the City Link tollway to the western ring road then join the Hume Highway. Near Yass, take the Barton Highway turn off to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.

From Adelaide
Direct driving route: 14 hours
Take the South Eastern freeway towards the Mallee Highway and Sturt Highway. At Yass, take the Barton Highway turn off to Canberra. This route includes single carriage highway.

From Brisbane
Direct driving route: 16 hours
Follow the Pacific Highway south to Sydney then take the Hume Highway to Goulburn. Turn on to the Federal Highway to Canberra. This route is a dual carriage freeway.

From the Snowy Mountains
Direct driving route: 2.5 hours
Follow the Kosciuszko Road to Cooma, and then follow the Monaro Highway to Canberra. This route includes single carriage highway.

From the South Coast
Direct driving route: 2.5 hours
Take the Kings Highway to Queanbeyan and continue on to Canberra. This route includes single carriage highway.

From the Airport to Your Accommodation

Canberra Airport is located around 15 minutes from the city so you will need to organise transport to your accommodation.

If you have pre-booked the CIT airport pickup service then it is best to wait inside the terminal and look out for a CIT staff member who will be waiting to collect you.

Airport Bus

You can catch the Airport Express shuttle bus to and from the Airport, Russell, and the City. This bus service operates Monday to Friday every 30 minutes and on Saturday and Sunday approximately every hour. The Airport Express collects passengers on lower level of the Terminal road system, closest to the undercover car park. A one way ticket is $12 and return is $20.

For more information on the bus timetable and pricing information, visit

If you are not staying in the centre of the city, you will need to change to another bus to take you to your final accommodation destination. See below for further information on Canberra Buses.

Airport Taxis

You can take a taxi from the airport directly to your accommodation. Taxis are available at all times of the day from the front of the Terminal, or you can phone ahead and order one.

Average fare from the airport to:

Belconnen (Near CIT Bruce Campus)    $45* (AUD)
Phillip (Near CIT Southside Campus)    $38* (AUD)
City (Near CIT Reid Campus)    $27* (AUD)
Tuggeranong $54* (AUD)
Gungahlin $50* (AUD)

* The above are estimates only. Your actual fare will vary depending on pickup point, destination and time of service.

There are three taxi companies that operate from Canberra Airport. See below for further information on Canberra Taxis.

AFTER HOURS: In the unlikely event that you find yourself at the airport and there are no taxis, visit the Car Park Management Office and a customer service officer will organise one for you.

For more information on the Canberra Airport visit

Within Canberra

You can get around Canberra easily by using either taxis or buses. There are also great cycling and walking tracks.


Local bus services within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are operated by a company known as ACTION. MyWay cards are the convenient way to travel on ACTION buses. The cards are designed to be easy to use and the majority of passengers will enjoy cheaper travel. Passengers just have to remember to tag on at the start and tag off at the end of the journey. Tagging off ensures the cheapest fare is applied. You top up the card using credit card, cash or Bpay. Buses do not operate between midnight and 6am, and after 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. See the ACTION for further information


Taxis will take you anywhere you want to go. Phone ahead or wait at a taxi rank. Companies will accept credit cards and electronic funds transfer. For more information regarding the taxi companies and their services, visit the following websites:

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