Getting around Canberra

Getting around Canberra

Get around Canberra on two wheels, four wheels or no wheels at all

Whether you prefer public transport, driving, cycling, walking or gliding on the water, it’s easy to get around Canberra. Choose your own adventure, or take a tour and learn more about Australia’s capital with the help of a knowledgeable guide. You’ll love the range of experiences on offer and they’re all closer than you think.

Buckle up

Driving is one of the best ways to see Canberra. With plenty of parking, no tollways and very little congestion, you’ll find driving in Canberra a breeze. Either bring your own (see our tips for Getting to Canberra by car) or hire a car when you get here.

Learn more about driving around Canberra.

Go for a ride...

You can get pretty much anywhere with Canberra’s public transport options. Transport Canberra operates the public bus and light rail network, 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.

Jump on a Transport Canberra public bus and light rail or learn about taxi and ride-sharing options. 

Get pedalling

Canberra is known as the cycling capital of Australia, with its fine network of cycle paths and off-road mountain bike trails. Hire a bike or use your own pedal-power and enjoy the scenic side of Australia’s capital on two wheels. 

Discover cycling in Canberra.

Get scooting

Hiring an escooter is a great way to get around the city and surrounds. Two companies, Beam and Neuron, hire out the scooters with helmets. Road rules and conditions apply so make sure you familiarise yourself with these before you ride.

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.

Family walking up Mount Ainslie in Canberra
Get your bearings of Canberra with a visit to the top of Mt Ainslie.

What happens on tour...

And speaking of tours, whatever form of transport you prefer, you’re bound to find a tour to suit you. Hot air ballooning anyone?

Learn more about our great tour options.

Plan your perfect trip to Canberra with our Canberra Visitor Guide.