Cheap flights to Canberra (CBR) for 2021

All you need to know about flying in and out of Canberra.

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Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is home to Parliament House as well as an array of museums and art galleries. It is an ideal spot for a short getaway or weekend escape.

Canberra Airport (CBR) is the primary airport of Canberra and offers direct flights from several international and domestic destinations.

Today's Canberra flight deals:

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Australia-wide flights from $41 each way


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Sunshine Coast flights from $89 each way



Domestic flights from $32 each way


Australia-wide flights from $79 return


TL;DR: Canberra flights

Canberra's airport:
Canberra Airport (CBR)

Get the best price:
March to May

Frequently asked questions about flights to Canberra

How much does it cost to fly to Canberra?

Flights to Canberra from cities on the east coast are pretty cheap on average as the larger airlines compete on these routes. According to Skyscanner, the cheapest direct return flights from Sydney to Canberra are from around $200 with Rex Airlines. Flights from Melbourne to Canberra are the cheapest with Virgin Australia, costing about $120. Virgin Australia also has the cheapest flights to Canberra from Brisbane with flights from approximately $250 direct return.

You can find a cheap direct return from Adelaide to Canberra from $230 with Qantas, while further away, flights from Perth or Darwin can be found for less than $600. If you're looking for cheap flights to Canberra, keep an eye out for discounted flights to the city.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Canberra?

Unusually, the cheapest and most expensive times to fly to Canberra sit next to each other. March to May is the cheapest period to fly to Canberra, with May being the cheapest month to fly. It's also the time of year we recommend visiting the city to enjoy numerous festivals that run during autumn.

Following right after this is the most expensive time to fly to Canberra (June to August), according to KAYAK. While flights are more expensive, accommodation is much cheaper. It's a great time to visit Thredbo during the ski season, which is just 2.5 hours away by car.

Cheapest months to fly:

March to May

Priciest months to fly:

June to August

How long does it take to fly to Canberra?

  • From Sydney: 55 minutes direct
  • From Melbourne: 1 hour, 5 minutes direct
  • From Brisbane: 1 hour, 50 minutes direct
  • From Perth: 3 hours, 50 minutes direct
  • From Adelaide: 1 hour, 35 minutes direct
  • From Gold Coast: 1 hour, 40 minutes direct
  • From Darwin: 4 hours, 15 minutes direct
  • From Hobart: 1 hour, 30 minutes direct

Which airlines fly direct to Canberra?

  • Jetstar: Brisbane
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sunshine Coast
  • Rex Airlines: Sydney and Melbourne
  • Virgin Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne

What's the best airline to fly to Canberra?

  • Best for price: Jetstar offers the cheapest prices flying from Brisbane, while Rex Airlines is the cheapest to fly to Canberra from Sydney or Melbourne.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas is the only full-service flying to Canberra with checked bags, seat selection and meals all included in the cost of your ticket.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: You can collect frequent flyer points with both Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) and Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer). You can also earn Qantas Points with some Jetstar fares.

How many points do I need to fly to Canberra?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Alice Springs36,000Not available
Cairns36,000Not available
Darwin36,000Not available
Gold Coast16,00015,600
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to Canberra?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Canberra Airport (CBR) from major cities across Australia.

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points
Discounted $295 first year annual fee

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Canberra?

Canberra pricing data from KAYAK suggests flights to Canberra are cheapest 69 days prior to departure. You should consider booking Canberra flights at least 5 weeks before you travel to get a cheaper than average price.

how far is the airport in Canberra?

Canberra Airport (CBR) is a short 15-minute drive from the city centre. There are several public buses that can get you to the city in approximately 20 minutes. A MyWay public transport card costs $2-3 per trip. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are available in the arrivals hall of the airport. Alternatively, you can use Uber, which costs $20-$29, or book a transfer in advance with Jayride.

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