A car-less person's guide to getting around Canberra.

There are several shuttle services that will be provided specifically for delegates in 2013. This includes a shuttle between Canberra airport, the Jolimont and Civic bus interchanges, and the ANU residences before and after the conference, and buses to and from social venues. Details of these services are available on our blog.


There are two types of tickets for Canberra buses. Cash fares are available, but more expensive. MyWay is Canberra's version of a contactless RFID stored-value payment system.

 Cash FareMyWay
Adult week day single trip (with free 90 minute transfer)$4Up to $2.52
Adult daily$7.60Travel capped at $7.60 (subsequent travel is free)
Concession week day single trip (with free 90 minute transfer)$2Up to $1.26
Concession daily$3.80Travel capped at $3.80 (subsequent travel is free)

Public transport in Canberra has undergone an upgrade in the last few years with the introduction of a smart card ticketing system. The MyWay system is similar to the Go card in Brisbane where you charge up your smart card and tag on and off buses. This system only works on Action buses which can transport you from the northern suburbs of Gungahlin to the southern reaches of Tuggeranong.

If you are planning to regularly use public transport in Canberra during the conference, we recommend purchasing a MyWay card from the City MyWay Centre (map).

Around ANU

Bus stops are located in front of John XXIII and less than 2 minutes walk from Burton & Garran. The No. 3 bus services these stops on weekdays and the No. 934 on weekends and public holidays.

Both of these buses will take you into the city which is about a 20 minute walk, and the majority of the scheduled buses are wheelchair and pram friendly.

Around Canberra

Getting from suburb to suburb on public transport can be overwhelming at times and so Action has teamed up with Google to allow you somewhat intelligently plan your trip. Google transit.

If in doubt, most of the Action employees are human and easy to talk to.

Deane's Buslines operate services between Canberra and Queanbeyan if you're feeling adventurous. Timetable.

Planes, trains and automobiles

There are several ways of getting to and from Canberra by public transport.

You can fly from most capital cities, however, book early because direct flights from anywhere other than Sydney are usually limited.

The train only travels between Sydney and Canberra and arrives in Kingston. Note that Canberra does not have a light rail system, and you will not be able to move around the city by rail.

Several coaches go between Sydney and Canberra and Melbourne and arrive in Civic.