Buses and Light Rail

Buses and Light Rail

A fare-go for visitors

For cost-effective and easy public transportation throughout the city, it’s hard to go past Canberra's public buses and light rail.

If you want to see Canberra's iconic sights in one easy loop use the Red Explorer Loop Bus.


Red Explorer Bus Loop

Hop on and off at key attractions with the Red Explorer Loop Bus. On this one-hour route you can take in favourite spots including Mount Ainslie, the Parliamentary Triangle and the embassy precinct. Running Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, all-day tickets for this bus start from just $15. 

Airport transfers

Transport Canberra provide daily services to and from Canberra Airport. Rapid Bus 3 runs on a half-hourly schedule on weekdays and on the hour on weekends. The route takes passengers between the Canberra Airport terminal through to the city interchange, Belconnen interchange, Cohen St interchange to Spence Terminus.

Public buses

Transport Canberra's convenient buses and light rail vehicles are an ideal way to get around Canberra during your stay. 

With the NXTBUS service, real-time bus information on the go, you’ll always be in the loop. NXTBUS tracks the location of your bus so you can find out when the next bus departs, if your bus has a bike rack, if it is 'easy access', and if a service has been delayed. You can use NXTBUS online, via SMS, by phone and more.

Bring your bike for the ride

Transport Canberra's fleet includes easy access (i.e. no step) buses for people with reduced mobility, and these are used on the high frequency routes known as ‘Blue Rapid’ services. Select ‘Blue Rapid’ and ‘Red Rapid’ services also have specially designed carry racks making it convenient to commute or cover longer distances when cycling by taking your bike on a bus. You can also take your bike on the Light Rail.

Light rail

Light rail services operate between Gungahlin and the city up to every 5 minutes from 6am to 11pm daily, with late-night services on Friday evenings until 12:30am. 

The light rail provides easy access to the foodie and shopping precinct Braddon, as well as Asian eat streets in Dickson. Swap from light rail to bus at key hubs in Gungahlin, Dickson and the city. 

You can plan your travel using the Journey Planner which helps you plan your entire journey via light rail, bus, bicycle and walking.

Public transport ticket information

Transport Canberra buses use the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system or cash. You can purchase a MyWay card from recharge agents across Canberra. Scan your card at light rail stations and when you get on a bus or purchase a daily ticket. Daily tickets are ideal for sightseeing and are valid until midnight on the day of purchase. Children under five years travel free.

ACTION often provides free buses to and from major events such as sporting matches, major festivals and concerts. You can check what events have free or special bus timetables on the Transport Canberra website. 

Find out more about getting around Canberra via public bused and the light rail by visiting the Transport Canberra website.