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About Canberra

Canberra is the capital of Australia, a planned city, where you can find various national monuments, galleries, and museums built around a big artificial lake. There are also numerous great outdoor spaces that are perfect for relaxation or recreation.

Things to do 

Lake Burley Griffin is a man-made lake situated in the city center, or maybe the lake itself can be seen as the center of Canberra since everything is built around it. The northern shore of the lake is home to the National Museum of Australia, Captain James Cook Memorial, National Capital Exhibition, and Blundells Cottage. The southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin is closer to the Parliament House. The National Gallery and National Library of Australia are there, and you should check them out.

If you want to check out the largest collection of the native flora of Australia, go to the Australian National Botanic Gardens near beautiful Black Mountain. Mount Ainslie is a hill located in the suburbs - and if you’re looking for perfect sunset views, this is the place for you. People with children should check out the National Zoo and Aquarium at the western end of the lake or Big Splash Waterpark that offers many fun slides and pools. The waterpark is located 8 miles away from the city center, in the suburb of Macquarie.

Canberra Airport

This is is a major airport serving the capital of Australia and the surrounding area. It is conveniently located only 5 miles from the city center. Canberra Airport is the eighth busiest one in the country. It provides direct flights to various domestic and international destinations. The airport code is CBR. About 3 million passengers use CBR annually.

Canberra CBR Airport provides many dining places, shops, and duty-free stores. You can have a drink in a bar while waiting for your flight or take a walk around and check out amazing art sculptures. There are also free WiFi facilities, ATMs, and currency exchange. Those traveling for work can even have a meeting or conference at the airport. Click here to see the passenger guide and all available services.

How to get from Canberra Airport to the city?

Canberra Airport passengers can choose among various airport transportation options: Canberra Airport shuttle, ridesharing, taxi cabs, limousines, public transportation, and rental cars. To help you save both time and money, we’ve listed all the information you need about each option.

The fastest airport transfer from Canberra Airport to Canberra City is taxi service - it will take only 12 minutes to reach downtown - and the approximate rate is $23. Uber is also quick, but the price will be pretty much the same. You can cut your costs by using public transport and pay less than A$5 for up to 20-minute drive. The Canberra Airport shuttle is a great option but only if you travel in a group, and the ride won’t take longer than 15-20 minutes.

Canberra Airport Shuttle

Airport shuttles are safe and usually very affordable transportation option. Several shuttle operators are available at CBR Airport, but they mostly offer private rides. We discovered the best Canberra Airport shuttle providers and their rates. See below for more information.

CBD Transport can provide you with Canberra Airport shuttle for any occasion - corporate travel, snow transport, wine tours, etc. You can travel by yourself or several friends, and your ride will be much cheaper if you have at least two more passengers with you.

See the list below to discover their rates from Canberra Airport to City and other locations:

1-3 passengers
4-7 passengers
Canberra City

Make an online shuttle reservation now or call 02 6297 9899 for further assistance. Alternatively, you can reach CBD Transport via [email protected].

Ride on Demand is a transportation company providing Canberra with shuttles and private car rides. They offer professional and punctual service for single travelers and groups. When it comes to Canberra Airport shuttle, only private services are available. You can book a limo as well, between 6 AM and 8 PM every day.

The pickup location is at the bottom of the escalator when you come down to the carousel area.

To find out their rates or other information, call 1300 368 897.

Snow Connect offers airport transfers to the Snowy Mountains region. If you’re looking for a safe and private transfer during the ski season, this is the ride for you. They can take you to any resort in Thredbo, Perisher, or Jindabyne.

To find out their rates, call this Canberra Airport shuttle at 0455 577 478 or send them an e-mail at

[email protected].

Hotel Shuttles

If you plan on spending a few days in Canberra, you should book a hotel that meets all your requirements. Several hotels in the area provide free shuttle service to and from CBR Airport. Most of them offer other services and facilities as well, including free internet access, free breakfast buffet, indoor or outdoor pool, spa, etc.

Listed below are the top 3 hotels with complimentary shuttle service and great guest reviews.

Phone Number
Stoney Creek Retreat / Murewa Garden Retreat
Avenue Hotel Canberra
+61 1800 828 000
Pavilion On Northbourne
+61 2 6247 6888


Several app-based transportation companies are allowed to pick up and drop off airport passengers at CBR - Uber, Ola, GoCatch, and Glide Taxi. This is quite a popular transportation option that you can easily book using a phone app. To help you compare all the prices, we’ve listed Uber estimates to a few popular destinations.

Uber Canberra Airport

  • to Canberra City: A$28-37
  • to Red Hill: A$34-45
  • to Black Mountain: A$35-47

The pickup location is at the Express Pick-Up Car Park. It is situated on the ground floor of the green indoor parking, a short walk away from the Arrivals Hall.

Airport Taxi

Taxi cabs are always a good option if you’re in a hurry since they will get you from Canberra Airport to the city center within 12 minutes. To find the taxi ranks at CBR, go to the ground floor of the terminal building - it is just a short walk from the Arrivals Hall baggage carousels. Several taxi operators are serving the airport:

Taxi Company 
Phone Number
ACT Cabs
(02) 6280 0077
Canberra Elite
13 22 27
(02) 6260 6011
Queanbeyan Taxi Co-op.
13 22 11
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi
13 92 87

Reservations are not necessary, and listed below are average taxi rates from CBR Airport:

  • to the city: $23
  • to Phillip: $36
  • to Belconnen: $42
  • to Tuggeranong: $53

Car & Limo Services

If you’re looking for more privacy or need a vehicle for some special occasion or business event, many transportation companies in Canberra offer car and limousine services to airport passengers. You need to book the ride in advance and your driver will meet you inside the airport terminal. See more information in the following list.

Transportation Company
Phone Number
Alpine Charters
0414 400 378
Business Limousines
0412 970 135
Citicar Limousines
02 6297 4741
 Executive Drivers
0419 041 910
Luxury Transport Group
Premier Hire Cars
0413 073 624
Royale Limousines
1800 769 253
Valley Limousines
0431 546 648

Public Transportation

If you prioritize affordability over efficiency, public buses would be a great choice if you don’t have lots of luggage. This service is much cheaper but slower than taxis or the Canberra Airport shuttle. 

ACTION Bus Route 3 can take you from Canberra Airport to the city, Belconnen, or Copland College. It runs every day, even on public holidays. To use the bus service, you have to pay a cash fare or use a MyWay card. Fares depend on the time of travel, but the price won’t be higher than A$5.

Rental Cars

One of the best and most convenient transfers is rental car service. You will have your own car and be able to go wherever and whenever you want. Several rental agencies listed below are located at Canberra Airport and rental cars are available on the day, but it is better to make a reservation in advance. Rental counters are situated on the arrivals level of the roadway, which is just outside the airport terminal.

Rental Company
Phone Number
02 6219 3033
02 6219 3040
02 6248 9966
02 6213 0300
02 6249 6211
02 6248 9081

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