Canberra's public bus services

Canberra's public bus services

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 the Culture Loop.

Transport Canberra buses are an ideal way for getting around Canberra during your stay.

The Culture Loop bus is a new way to experience one good thing after another in the nation’s capital, servicing the city centre, NewActon Precinct and several attractions throughout the Parliamentary Triangle.

Culture Loop shuttle bus

The Culture Loop bus is a new way to experience one good thing after another in the nation’s capital, servicing the city centre, NewActon Precinct and several attractions throughout the Parliamentary Triangle.

This free shuttle bus transports visitors on a convenient loop from easy parking areas to some of Canberra’s most loved cultural attractions:

The complete timetable is available on the National Museum of Australia website.

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!

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.

When’s the next bus?

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. 

Ticket information

Transport Canberra 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. 

Find out more about getting around Canberra via bus by visiting the Transport Canberra website.