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If you’re heading to Australia’s capital city from another country by air, the main airport is Canberra International Airport, a modern mid-sized airport serviced by Qantas and Virgin airlines as domestic connections from around the country. International flights are not yet available.
if you are departing from Canberra Airport, be aware that Virgin check in is on you left, and QANTAS check in is on your right as you approach.
The airport offers basic amenities for the domestic traveller such as coffee shop and newsagency.
Despite its size the airport is renowned for keeping to a tight schedule with reasonable security lines and fast arrival of baggage. The main delays will be during Winter (June-August) when morning fog can shut the airport down.
When you do head to retrieve your belongings you can find the rental car service counters in the arrivals area, along with other options for ground transportation including shuttle buses, limos and cabs. The shuttle bus runs every half hour and costs $7. A cab from Civic (CBD) to the airport will cost around $20 (the reverse may cost a little more due to an airport surcharge).
The traffic can be moderate at times (just try to avoid peak times when all the workers are travelling), but the well-planned network seldom has the problems of other major cities.
Driving from other Australian destinations to Canberra is easy and offers the opportunity to explore some of the surrounding countryside. The roads from Melbourne and Sydney are well sign posted although for first-timers and international drivers a map or GPS can be a good investment.
If heading to Canberra from one of the other major cities (with the exception of Perth,Darwin and Hobart) there is also the option of catching a bus and/or train.
Greyhound Australia has several services each day at a cost of around $36 one-way from Sydney, $79 one-way from Melbourne, $159 one-way directly from Adelaide. From Brisbane its a connecting service in Sydney at around $150. There are numerous other coach lines depending on whether you are travelling from. A local bus service is Murray's.
For trains, CountryLink offers a service from both Melbourne and Sydney.