Apart from being the capital city and the administrative centre of Australia, Canberra is a diverse, modern and innovative city that houses the stories of Australia. With some world-class national attractions, a bustling events calendar, a thriving food and wine scene and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, Canberra has a lot to offer to each and every visitor. Nestled alongside Australia’s highest Alpine mountains, Canberra has 4 distinct seasons and is known for its stunning blue skies and clean fresh air. The average summer temperature is 27 degrees Celsius which drops to 12 degrees Celsius in winter. The best time to visit is in spring, from September – November or during autumn, from March – May. Prices for travel and accommodation are lowest from June – August which is the Canberra winter.
The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Canberra from Sydney for $161. This is 74% cheaper than most flight deals to Canberra. To find the cheapest price to Canberra from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
If you’re not able to fly to Canberra in May, then April is your next best option. Flight prices from Australia to Canberra during April average around $244.
The best time to book a flight to Canberra from Australia is 60 days out, which is when prices tend to be around $309. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from Australia to Canberra for as low as $178.
The cheapest day to depart from Australia to Canberra is on a Friday. Travellers who choose to depart for Canberra on a Friday will often find tickets for as low as $292. Flights from Australia to Canberra on a Tuesday will generally be more expensive and average around $355. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.
According to our data, the cheapest time of day to fly to Canberra is at midday. momondo users have found flights departing from Australia to Canberra at midday for as low as $288. Keep in mind that these prices may fluctuate based on what airline you choose and the time of year you plan to travel. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying in the morning when prices are $319 on average. Flights to Canberra from Australia in the morning are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travellers’ schedules.
Moruya Airport or Wagga Wagga Forrest Hill Airport can be an alternative airport used for travel to Canberra.
The cheapest airport near Canberra is typically Moruya Airport, with an average price of $580/person. These prices vary based on where travellers are coming from. It is suggested that travellers looking to save money try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Direct domestic flights are available through Qantas Airways, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Pelican Airlines. The only other airline flying to Canberra is Singapore Airlines.
Transport Canberra’s ACTION bus # 11 and #11A have convenient stops near the airport terminal and for an adult single fare of $4.80 AUD, you can reach the City Bus station at Canberra city centre in approximately 20 – 25 minutes. Tickets can be purchased on the bus at the time of travel. ACTION Buses run from around 6.30 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Airport Express Bus
The Airport Express shuttle bus offers services between the airport and West Row in Canberra city centre, from 7.50 a.m. – 6.25 p.m. daily. The fare is $12.00 AUD one-way and $20.00 AUD for a return ticket. Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver, or online on the Royale Coach website or by calling on 1300 368 897.
4 different taxi companies operate at the Canberra Airport. The taxi rank is located just a short walk from the baggage carousels. Estimated fare from airport to the city centre will be between $25.00 AUD – $35.00 AUD depending on time of the day and exact destination and the ride will take 10 – 15 minutes.
Renting a car is one of the best ways to travel when visiting Canberra. Several rental car companies are located on the arrivals level just outside the terminal. You could also consider booking ahead and get some great deals online on car rentals with momondo.
Most of the attractions in Canberra are located in a compact area and are easily accessible on foot if you have planned your stay accordingly. Public transport in Canberra is easy and efficient in the form of ACTION buses which charge $4.80 AUD for a single trip for adults and $9.20 AUD for a daily ticket for adults. If you purchase a MyWay Card for $5.00 AUD, it automatically applies the peak hour or off-peak hour concessions per trip and all MyWay fares include a free 90 minute transfer period. Taxis are available everywhere in the city and flag fall is typically at $5.00 AUD and rate per kilometre ranges from $2.00 AUD – $2.50 AUD. Other on-demand ridesharing services such as Uber are also officially present in Canberra. Renting a car is the other option to get around in the city easily and at your convenience.
If you have the time, explore Canberra’s Centenary Trail, a 145km loop designed to take walkers and cyclists on a self-guided journey through the city’s urban and rural landscapes. It is designed to let those keen to hike or bike the track tackle the whole trail in a 7-day walk or a 3-day cycle. But you can just enjoy an easy scenic section on a short trip.
Hot Air Ballooning
With regular scheduled flights, hot air ballooning a popular option to take in the sights of the Canberra region including its mountainous surrounds, lakes, parks, and its urban sprawl.
Food for thought
Indulge in the red-hot food and wine scene of Canberra when you visit the inner city foodie precincts of New Acton, Braddon or Kingston Foreshore which offer a delicious combination of little cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment.
Apart from the ‘Floriade’, Canberra’s bustling events calendar several events all year round. Some of the major ones include a stunning display of hot air balloons during ‘Canberra Balloon Spectacular’, the after dark celebration of culture and creativity during ‘Enlighten’ and the Truffle Festival showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.