About Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport (CBR) is located in the Australian Capital Territory, just a three-hour drive from Sydney via the M31. The airport offers direct and frequent flights to Australia’s capital cities and regional centres, as well as daily international flights to Doha and Singapore. From Canberra you can fly to over 180 destinations across Asia and Europe.

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What facilities are at Canberra Airport?

Both domestic and international departures are within the one building at Canberra Airport, making it easy to find your way around. As well as a comprehensive range of services and facilities, Canberra Airport also has an impressive collection of sculptures, works of art and select exhibition pieces from the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia.

Check-in

The right time to check-in for flights departing from Canberra Airport will be different depending on which airline you’re flying with and whether your flight is domestic or international. All passengers need to go through security screening, while international passengers will be required to go through a second security screening process, as well as customs processing. Departures from Canberra Airport are located on the upper level.

If you’re flying internationally, note that Singapore Airlines’ check-in counters close 40 minutes before departure, and Qatar Airways’ check-in counters close 1 hour before departure. Check-in counters for both of these airlines open 3 hours prior to departure.

Baggage

Your baggage allowance is another detail you’ll need to confirm with your airline before you fly, because weight, size and quantity will vary depending on the ticket you have purchased. If you’re departing Canberra Airport, carry-on luggage should weigh less than 7kg.

Is there a currency exchange?

There is a Travelex foreign currency exchange at Canberra Airport, located within the Departures Concourse on the upper level. Another easy option is to pre-purchase your foreign currency at your local Travel Money Oz to collect before you head to the airport.  

What are the other services and facilities?

  • ATMs
  • Baby change rooms
  • Baggage trolleys
  • Co-working spaces
  • Facilities for meetings and conferences
  • Special assistance for passengers with disabilities or special needs
  • Telephones
  • Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
  • Wi-Fi and charging stations (within lounges)

Transport and terminal transfers

What’s the best way to get to and from Canberra Airport?

Canberra Airport is located about a 10- to 15-minute drive from Canberra city centre, and is easy to get to and from. Below you’ll find a guide to the most popular transport options.

Car hire: Even if you’re visiting Canberra for a day, the most convenient option is to hire a car. This gives you the freedom to explore Canberra your way, and also venture further afield to destinations such as Kosciuszko National Park. You can hire your car through Flight Centre and have it all sorted before you arrive, or simply visit the car rental desks on the arrivals (lower) level of the roadway. Rental companies with desks at Canberra Airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty and Redspot.

Picking up and dropping off: Drop off is along the upper roadway, which is just a short stroll to the airline check-in counters in the upper level Departures hall. If you’re picking up someone who has arrived at Canberra Airport, you can park in one of the Free 10-minute Pick-Up bays. Just collect your ticket as you enter and when you depart within ten minutes, you can exit without charge. For the most streamlined pick-up, follow the signs to the Express Pick-up Lounge located on the ground floor of the green indoor carpark. This is just a short 20-metre covered walk from the Arrivals Hall, and the convenience comes with the inclusion of a small fee.

Taxis: A fully undercover taxi rank with indoor waiting area is located centrally on the ground floor of the terminal building. An average taxi fare from Canberra Airport to the city will cost about $23* on a weekday.

*Estimate only. Your actual fare will depend on pick-up point, destination and time of service.

Rideshare: Rideshare services such as Uber, OLA, GoCatch and Glide taxi operate out of Canberra Airport. Your driver will pick you up from the Express Pick-Up Car Park.

Chauffeurs and limousines: This is a popular option in Canberra. There are about 20 different private car hire firms that operate out of Canberra Airport, which must all be pre-booked. Ask your local Flight Centre Travel Expert for more information.

Public Transport: It’s only $4.80 for a one-way bus trip between Canberra Airport and the city. Transport Canberra runs ACTION bus services on this route regularly, 7 days a week. You can pay on the bus, at the time of travel or you can pay with a MyWay card. Details about MyWay cards are on the Transport Canberra website.

Parking: Canberra Airport offers both indoor and outdoor parking. Rates vary depending on length of stay.

How do I transfer between terminals?

At Canberra Airport, both domestic and international ‘terminals’ are located within the one building, so there’s no need to transfer between terminals.

 

 

What restaurants and bars are at Canberra Airport?

Canberra Airport gives you a well-rounded selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from, where you can pick up an excellent coffee or relax over a delicious meal.

Restaurants and bars at Canberra Airport include:

  • Two before Ten
  • International Bar and Cafe
  • Limestone Cafe & Bar
  • Tuk Chop
  • Hudsons Coffee

Shopping At Canberra Airport?

From traveller’s accessories to must-have duty free bargains or something as simple as a new book to read on your flight, Canberra Airport has travel shopping covered.

What lounges are at Canberra Airport?

Due its location in the nation’s capital, Canberra has created an award-winning international departures lounge with state-of-the-art business facilities. This public lounge includes business and media lounges, private meeting rooms, as well as an expansive bar and cafe dining area.

Qantas

Qantas has a Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club Lounge located within the airport. Qantas Business Class passengers as well as various Qantas Club, Platinum, Gold and eligible oneworld members are privy to access the various lounges. Both lounges feature business facilities, a barista service every weekday morning, free Wi-fi, bathrooms with showers and comfortable lounge seating.

Virgin Australia

Canberra's Virgin Australia lounge is located in the Domestic Terminal on Level 3. Virgin Australia lounge members as well as Velocity Platinum and Gold members are welcome to enjoy the lounge's facilities which include showers, entertainment, free Wi-fi, business facilities including private meeting rooms, as well as complimentary food and beverages.

What hotels are near Canberra Airport?

Whether you’re heading to Canberra for work and want to arrange a meeting in the most convenient possible location, or you’re arriving late and know you’ll just want to put your feet up, booking a room at an airport hotel can be a great option.

Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport is only 50 metres from the airport terminal and features everything a business or leisure traveller would need: 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, double-glazed windows for a quiet sleep-in, a restaurant and bar, gym, conference facilities and a free shuttle bus to and from the airport.

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