Flying in to Canberra
Canberra is less than two hours flying from eastern Australian cities like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Daily domestic flights are available to and from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth and multiple daily domestic flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne. International flights to Canberra from Singapore and New Zealand are also available. Find out more about flying to Canberra.
Canberra Airport is located 8.7km from the city, which is approximately 13 minutes by car.
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. Find out more about driving to Canberra.
Trains and 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. Find out more about train and coach services to Canberra.
Getting Around Canberra
Whether you prefer public transport, driving, cycling, walking or gliding on the water, it’s easy to get around Canberra.
Go for a ride
You can get pretty much anywhere with Canberra’s public transport options. Transport Canberra operates ACTION Buses, a convenient and cost-effective way for visitors to get around Canberra. You can also take advantage of Canberra’s taxi cabs and ride-sharing services.
You can travel to some of Canberra’s most iconic attractions aboard ACTION’s Tourist Loop service. Operating seven days a week, routes 81/981 take passengers to the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, National Arboretum, National Museum of Australia, National Zoo & Aquarium and Parliament House, just to name a few. For more information on the ACTION Tourist Loop service, download the Tourist Loop flyer.
Like a duck to water
Canberra may be land-locked, but with its smorgasbord of lakes, rivers and waterways, it’s fun to get around Canberra on the water. Hire a boat, or try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin. Take a dip in the Murrumbidgee River, or cast a line for some fishing fun. There’s so much outdoor fun to be had in Canberra.
Walk the walk
Whether you’re into bushwalking or prefer a gentle stroll, Canberra is a great place for walking. Discover many of our best features on a self-guided walking tour. Lace up your boots and get walking in Canberra.