Getting to Canberra by train or bus
Catch a train or coach to Canberra. See the countryside glide by in air-conditioned comfort and take a break from driving on your next weekend break, broaden your travels through Australia, or take a different route for your next school holiday vacation.
Travel by rail Sydney Canberra route
Canberra has a picturesque direct rail service from Sydney and a combined rail and bus service from Melbourne.
The train departs Sydney Central Station and travels to Canberra via the Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Bungendore. The trip to Canberra Railway Station takes a leisurely four and a half hours.
You can check timetables and book online through the NSW Trainlink website
Getting around Canberra
The Canberra train station is situated in Kingston and ACTION bus routes 251, 252, 255 and 259 provide bus access to and from trains. Taxis are also available and a ride into the city is around $30 one way.*
Once you are here, there are plenty of ways to get around and explore all the city has to offer.
Travel by rail Melbourne Canberra route
There is no direct Canberra to Melbourne rail service. This service runs to Albury by train and will then transfer you to Canberra by bus. Alternately, catch the Melbourne to Sydney train and transfer to Canberra from Goulburn railway station. You can find timetables and booking information from the V/Line website for Canberra – Melbourne (via Albury) route.
Catch a bus or coach to Canberra
Bus and coach services operate to and from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains, the South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and beyond.
Book in advance of your travel date as coach and train operators offer great early bird and discount fares.
Check timetables and select rail and coach options and book train or coach travel to and from Canberra starting from this website.
Where to stay in Canberra
Browse a range of accommodation options in Canberra to research and choose your preferred place to stay. From five star luxury to campgrounds, we have the most extensive listing with Trip Advisor reviews to help you plan your stay in the nation's capital.
*This is an estimated fare only. Your actual fare will depend on the route taken and the destination. For information on fare estimation of cabs in Canberra, use one of the fare calculators available online.