Getting around Canberra is a breath of fresh air. It's so easy!

Getting around Canberra

Your options to explore Canberra include public transport, taxi, self drive, hire a car or book a tour. You can travel from one side of the city to the other in just forty minutes. For those who love fresh, clean air, walk the capital or hire a bicycle.

Take a self-guided driving tour and learn more about the Australian Capital Territory.

When visiting Canberra for conferences, conventions or business, it is easy to get from your accommodation to the airport, meeting venues and there are plenty of great things to do and see while you are here.

Parking in Canberra is cheaper than other major capital cities. National attractions have paid parking at reasonable daily and hourly rates. Many shopping malls offer free parking for the first two hours. Average pay parking daily fees are between $10 and $20 per day.  Look out for the new parking meters that allow payment through coins, credit cards, or with a smart-phone app. The Parkmobile app is available free for iPhone users from the App Store or for Android users, from Play Store.

Canberra has an enviable network of cycle and walking paths. Discover our national attractions and many of our best features on a self-guided walking tours or hire a bike and be refreshed with a ride.

Canberra’s lakes are fantastic for paddling, kayaking, lake cruises and fishing.

Spend a while in the Canberra region and discover surrounding New South Wales with drive itineraries, bus and coach routes and train travel options to and from Canberra. 

Two people driving in a convertible car along Commonwealth Avenue toward Parliament House in Canberra

Vehicle hire

Hiring a car or minibus is easy in Canberra. All the major national hire operators have offices and pick up drop off facilities at Canberra airport or in the city. You can also hire a chauffeured vehicle to drive you around in luxury. Complementing local hire services are several tour operators who offer charter services to take you and your guests to wineries, attractions and further afield in the surrounding Canberra region.

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An ACTION bus drives into the city bus interchange in Canberra.

Canberra buses

Canberra is smaller than other major capitals, so getting around town is easy. The city is well served by the ACT Internal Omnibus Network (known as ACTION). Buses run to exchanges in town centres from all suburbs. ACTION uses a pre-paid payment system called MyWay and offers options for adult, student, pensioner and daily tickets. Children under five years of age travel free. 

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Cyclists ride around Lake Burley Griffin on dedicated cycle paths near Rond Terrace with the parliamentary triangle in the background.

Cycling in Canberra

Canberra is often touted as the cycling capital of Australia. With extensive suburban cycle ways, exclusive bike and pedestrian access around our lakes and world class mountain bike and nature trails, both off road and road cyclists, commuters and tourists will find cycling a wonderful way to experience our clean air and abundant nature. You can hire bikes, or bring your own when you visit.

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A family walks along the promenade of Commonwealth Place on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Walking in Canberra

Walking around Canberra is a breath of fresh air. The city and suburbs have extensive, well-lit and maintained paths. Canberra Nature Park, numerous city parks and our three main lakes all provide walking opportunities, with regular walkers a feature at dawn, lunch time and dusk. Be sure to walk along the promenades and parks surrounding Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle for a fresh take on the planned nature of Australia's capital city. 

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Canberra cabs queue to pick up and drop off passengers at Canberra International Airport.

Canberra cabs and taxis

Canberra has cab, taxi and ride sharing options servicing the city and surrounding suburbs. You can book or arrange for wheel chair accessible and multi-passenger cabs. Companies offer mobile and internet booking options and Uber is authorised to operate. The city is only15 minutes away from the airport making a cab an inexpensive option to arrive at your accommodation or for travelling around town. 

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Children wave to a paddle boat from a jetty on Lake Burley Griffin as a swan swims by.

On the water

Canberra is blessed with three main freshwater lakes suitable for aquatic recreation. The jewel in the city's design is Lake Burley Griffin, offering sailing, rowing, swimming and paddling recreation. Hire a paddle boat or kayak to explore the national attractions or wetlands brimming with birdlife, or jump aboard a cruise boat to take in the city views from a new perspective. 

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