A fare-go for visitors
For cost-effective and easy public transportation, it’s hard to go past buses. Canberra’s ACTION buses are an ideal way for getting around Canberra during your stay, with the tourist loop servicing a range of must-see destinations, from the National Arboretum Canberra to the National Zoo and Aquarium.
Visit the attractions
Cost-effective and convenient, catching a bus in Canberra is a breeze. The tourist loop (route 81) services a range of must-see destinations including:
- Australian War Memorial
- National Zoo and Aquarium
- National Arboretum Canberra
- Telstra Tower
- National Museum of Australia
ACTION buses use the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system or cash. You can purchase a MyWay card from one of 30 recharge agents across Canberra. Scan your card when you get on the bus, or purchase a single or daily cash ticket direct from the driver. 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.
Canberra City loop
The free city loop (route 101), perfect for those days when you’re all walked out, is a great way to get around Canberra City, and services popular tourist hotspots such as the Braddon and NewActon precincts, the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Canberra Centre shopping hub.
Bring your bike for the ride
ACTION'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.
ACTION buses provide daily services to and from Canberra Airport. Bus 11 runs on a half hourly schedule on weekdays and on the hour on weekends. The route takes passengers to and from the city centre. An adult single trip costs $4.80.
When’s the next bus?
And with ACTION’s 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.
Find out more about getting around Canberra via bus by visiting the Transport Canberra website.