Getting Around Canberra


"Getting Around Canberra - Bus or Car is best or better still get on your bike!"

Canberra is a city that has been designed rather than allowed to sprawl so getting around is relatively straight forward.

That said, everything feels very spread out which means walking between the many canberra attractions and Canberra Museums is not always practical.

There are areas where there are a few museums all together but generally, it's not that straight forward.

If however you are prepared to walk approx 30 minutes between each attractions then it is probably do-able without a car or public transport.





We hired a car and I would recommend doing this if you plan to see some of the attractions that are a little out of the city e.g. Australian Institute of Sport or Cockington Green or the Telstra tower at Black Mountain.

The Roads were really easy to navigate around with very light traffic on the weekend. I'd still recommend getting a SAT Nav with your hire car to make it ultra easy

Parking in Canberra was also easy and much cheaper than the likes of Sydney or Melbourne. Most of the Canberra museums we visited offered free parking.



Getting To and From Canberra Airport


The airport is about 8km from the city. That means it less than $30 in a taxi or 10- 15 minutes drive by car.

There is a bus service called The AirLiner that operates between Canberra City and Canberra Airport, Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes and less regularly on a Saturday and Sunday (approx every hour.)

Prices for the airport bus are around $10 one way.



Canberra Buses


Action Buses are the buses that will make getting around Canberra relatively easy to see the various attractions.

If you intend to be hopping on and off various buses then go for a day ticket although Canberra buses have introduces a new "My Way" system which makes the system cashless. You can buy a $20 pre-loaded card which has a magnetic strip on the back. You just press your card against the "post" as you enter the bus.

You can buy the cards from Canberra Connect Shop Fronts (newsagents etc that have the sign outside)

I've highlighted on each of the attraction pages what the right bus would be where possible.

Another good option for getting around Canberra is to get the Canberra Explorer Bus. Whilst you might pay a bit more, it's easy, informative and gives you lots of flexibility. You buy a day or two day ticket and the bus follows the same loop with informative commentary and then stops outside each of the key attractions.

It won't take you to those attractions outside of town though but it is a great option to see the other key attractions. Cost for a day is about $30, cheaper if you just want to sit on the bus and do an hour's loop to hear about the attractions and see the city.

It starts at about 9.30am and you can get picked from your hotel sometimes so worth enquiring.



Canberra By Bike


As you'd expect from a "designed" city, there are plenty of cycle tracks.

You can hire a bike from Mr Spokes at Acton Ferry Wharf (very central and right on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin

The Action buses that operate within the city area will also let you take your bike on the bus for free and they usually have special bike racks available too.

It's a good way to get fit and see Canberra.



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