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How to get around Canberra: Taxi, car rental, bus and bike

Cheap and easy public transport, private transfer and car hire options to help you explore Canberra.

Travelling through Canberra is efficient and affordable, with the public bus system covering each part of the city in the absence of trains and trams.

If you plan your stay well, you won't have to use the public transport network too much. The museums, including Questacon, the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial all surround Lake Burley Griffin and are within walking distance of one another, give or take 30 minutes

Attractions in more suburban regions, such as the Old Bus Depot are a little further out and may require public or car transport.

The city also has a fairly extensive bicycle lane network and you can carry your bike on the bus at no additional cost. If you’re spending a long period of time in Canberra, buying a second-hand bicycle is a viable option.

Although currently under construction, the Canberra metro line (or light rail) will connect the city centre to Gungahlin when complete.


Canberra public transport

Types of transport: The Canberra public transport network is made up of the ACTION bus lines. The official transport website has useful information about routes, schedules and fares for public buses.

Paying for transport: The MyWay prepaid card offers concessions for bus trips and can be purchased online. However, it’ll take a week to arrive at your Australian address, so it might not be ideal for tourists.

Getting to and from the airport: There are regular ACTION buses from Canberra Airport to the CBD (routes 11 and 11A). The best way to get to the airport is with the Airport Express bus, which travels from the terminal to the city ​​centre, making stops at Russell and the National Convention Center. Check the schedule for further details.

Best apps for getting around: While there’s no official transport app for getting around Canberra, third-party apps like NextThere and Bus Trips ACT Canberra are useful in navigating the city.


Taxis and Uber

Taxis: Taxis operate throughout the city, but it’s advisable to book by phone or online or wait at a stop.

Uber: Use on-demand ridesharing service like Uber to avoid public transport. Canberra International Airport is ten minutes from the city centre and an Uber trip between the two will cost you $20-$29.

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Canberra car hire companies

If you prefer to drive yourself, you can rent a car from the airport. Car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are available at the arrivals end of all terminals.

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Airport transfers

If you need a door-to-door airport transfer for a specified time, try using an airport transfer service like Jayride and Viator.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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