Transportation at Canberra Airport
There is a taxi rank on the ground floor of the ‘Green’ covered carpark, to the right as you exit the Arrivals Hall. There are staff on hand during peak periods to ensure that you get into a taxi and on your way with minimum trouble! Canberra Elite Taxis, Cabxpress and Queanbeyan Taxi Co-op operate from the airport. An average fare into the city centre will set you back about $45-$55, depending on the time of day.
Car Rental in the Terminals
There are rental counters for six car rental companies in Canberra Airport. It is recommended that you book ahead, but it is possible to visit the rental counters upon arriving to pick up a car if one is available. The counters are located in the Arrivals Hall, and the companies represented are AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot/Sixt and Thrifty.
Whilst these companies are most accessible for arriving passengers, other smaller and local car rental companies may offer shuttles to their depots or meet and greet services, so be sure to check out all your options before booking. Great deals can be found at www.canberraairportcarhire.com.au.
Bus and Shuttle Services
There is an Airport Express shuttle bus which is Canberra’s dedicated airport shuttle. It runs at regular intervals during the day between the airport and West Row, also stopping at Blamey Square, the National Convention Centre and the YHA. Tickets cost $12 one way or $20 return, and they can be bought at the airport carpark, booked online or by calling 1300 368 897. Full timetables and booking forms can be found at www.royalecoach.com.au/canberra_airport_shuttle.asp.
There are no public bus routes which stop at the terminal itself, but routes 10 and 28 stop in Fairbairn Park, which is a 15-minute walk from the terminal. More information and timetables can be found at www.action.act.gov.au.
To get out of Canberra Airport once all security checks are done and dusted and you have collected the baggage and navigated the terminal, follow signs to Pialligo Ave. Heading north on Pialligo Ave will take you into the central city, and also allow you to connect to Monaro Highway which is the main route south out of Canberra. Pialligo Ave going south will take you to the nearby New South Wales town of Queanbeyan.
Updated October 2013 by Chris Houston. Information is subject to change at any time.