Everything takes only 10 minutes in Canberra. Just getting from A to B, or crossing the City once, the car ride literally takes just 10 minutes. That’s definitely the advantage of a rather small city size, travel times are short and usually, there isn’t too much traffic. Canberra isn’t a hyper-modern city, Australia’s capital city is rather a quite big village surrounded by lots of nature what gives the ACT (Australian capital territory) a slightly slow-paced feeling. However, due to the left-hand traffic, it might be a bit frightening if you’re a tourist coming from a country with right-hand traffic, so getting a rental car for your stay in Canberra or Australia, in general, will not be an option.
UBER in Canberra
Of course, where not, UBER is available in Canberra. The ride-hailing platform offers its service all over the ACT, but with only uberX available in Canberra, there isn’t much to chose from. At least, as uberX isn’t the lowest category available it will grant you good chances on good drivers in solid cars. The estimated price for a ride from Canberra Airport to the Old Parliment House is 29 to 38 AUD and the estimated ride time will be roughly 20 minutes.
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Bus lines in Canberra
What better way to connect a city than bus lines? Oh, and even better is the free bus line 101 connecting major attractions in the city centre. The free city loop (route 101) circles continuously between Braddon, NewActon precincts, Canberra Theatre Centre and the Canberra Centre shopping hub. There is also another recommended Line (that you’ll have to pay for), Route 81 or “the tourist loop” serving all the significant sights such as Australian War Memorial, National Zoo and Aquarium, National Arboretum Canberra, Telstra Tower and the National Museum of Australia.
Information on current prices, timetables and more can be found on http://www.transport.act.gov.au/routes-and-timetables/canberra-attractions
As Canberra is a rather smaller city with short distances, you can even take a bus from the Airport to the City Centre. Prices for the ACTION Bus Line 11, with a half hourly schedule on weekdays and on the hour on weekends start at $4.80 for single-rides for adults. The timetable of the Airport service can be found on transport.act.gov.au/routes-and-timetables/services-to-canberra-airport.
Not exactly a typical bus line, but a touristy bus tour, is the Hop on Hop Off Bus, or better known was Explorer Buses Canberra. You can either buy day-tickets with several hop on and hop off’s, or buy just a one-loop ticket. More Info and the timetable on canberradaytours.com.au/AboutExplorerBus.