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Canberra Bus – Free Tourist Bus Service
To celebrate the centenary of Canberra ACTION bus (the city bus service) has launched a free half-hourly bus service which does a loop of all the main tourist sites in the central area of Canberra - the Centenary Loop Route
Having examined the route it is excellent with stops at all the key places on the parliamentary triangle and very helpful “side trips” to the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum. In addition to being free and frequent it also relieves you worrying about parking which has become somewhat of a nightmare in the parliamentary area of late.
The free service (Route 100) is on a trail basis from 4 February 2013 to 31 December 2013. I really do hope it is well used and thus extended. I suspect there will be strong opposition from the A$35 Hop-on Hop Office service which covers pretty much the same route. I have always considered the Hop-on Hop off to be somewhat of a tourist trap - not I'm in no doubt. Also it was probably not a good idea to announce a 5% rise in standard bus fares on the same day as introducing a free service directed at mainly at visitors!
Download a timetable and route map here:
Prior to this service starting local buses were not very convenient for tourists (they are not convenient for locals either – which explains why lots of buses drive around empty) so from my perspective a great addition. Again I hope visitors use and enjoy it. Buses are air conditioned or heated and of good quality.
Canberra Public Transportation - ACTION Buses
This is the bus services available in Canberra. You can ride one of these buses to almost everywhere in Canberra. The best way to catch these buses is to go to its main bus stop. The bus stop is neither a building nor a terminal. There are just many regular bus stops on the streets between " Alinga St" and "East Row". It is just outside "Sydney Building".
Bus #10- Go to War Memorial.
Bus # 3 - National Museum Of Australia.
Check out more routes from Auction Website...
I recommend you to buy the dairy ticket A$7.60 on board. You need to keep the ticket all day, so you can show to the driver each time you board on a bus. Otherwise, you pay A$2.50 on each ride.
On weekends and public holidays, you only pay dairy ticket A$4.60. Otherwise, you pay A$2.00 each ride.
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Jolimont is the main bus terminal for buses in/out of Canberra.
The main entrance is on " Northbourne Ave".
If you catch a bus after 9:30pm, the waiting hall is closed. You need to go to the bus terminal on "Moore St", the other side of the waiting hall.
There are ticket counters for greyhound and Murrays. But I recommend you to buy bus ticket online in advance. You can get good deal and to avoid no seat available that you want.
The terminal is on the ground floor of Novetel Hotel.
- Budget Travel
Canberra Buses are cheap, convenient and EASY. Drivers are usually friendly and helpful, during the week buses are fairly regular and cover most of Canberra, on weekends the route numbers sometimes change and they are less frequent.
A single bus to most of the Tourist sites
There are many things to see in Canberra but if you are not certain where to start for public transport check out the schedule for the 34 bus. This one bus takes you near many of the sites you must see (Parliament, Old Parliament, the Library, the National Gallery, Canberra Museum, the National Museum, Lake Burleigh Griffin, etc.) If you purchase your ticket after 9 you can buy a "shoppers ticket" good until 4:30 for only 3.50. It also takes you to three of the best shopping areas in Canberra (Woden, Civic, and Belconnen)
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Canberra Explorer Bus
I would advise you to take the Canberra explorer bus to sight see Canberra as the layout of the city is so complicated for drivers..It leaves From the Visitors centre in the Jolimont Centre, Northbourne Avenue at hourly intervals. starting at 9-45am - 3-45pm. There are 24 stops which you can depart the bus from then rejoin later.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Bus Service Gets difficult after Hours
If you have read my intro you already know that I had some problems with using the bus service to its full potential.
The network seems perfect but it is of not much use if you want to get around outside the business hours.
As there are never enough taxis around you should seriously consider to rent a car. Or make your sightseeing during business hours and stay at a hotel in the city centre, so you do not need transportation after hours.
A single trip cost $2.50.
Phone 13 17 10 (from Canberra) or (02) 6207 7611 from outside the ACT
Airport Shuttle only on Weekdays
I cannot full-heartedly recommend the shuttle bus between the airport and the city as it only operates on weekdays. But when it operates it is really rather punctual - and even offers personal service. When I used it, it did not only service Bill Bryson's famous Hotel Rex but also made little detours for several passengers.
I also found it quite amusing that the same driver - very friendly BTW - seemed to be working all the time. Perhaps the bus does not work on weekends because he also wants to spend some time with his family LOL
The service is provided by Dean's Buslines.
A single trip costs $7, the return ticket $12 (as 2007).
Buses from Sydney
There is a direct bus service from Sydney international airport to the centre of Canberra. You may aks about timetable at the tourist office at Sydney airport. Buses leave in front of the building of the airport. The trip takes about three hours and there are not many things to see on the way - just fields and sheeps.:)
It is important, however, to fasten seat belts in the bus. In Australia every seat has belts. Buses are quite comfortable, with toilet and some brochures about the region.
Canberra to Sydney
I travelled from Canberra to Sydney on a bus operated by Murray's Coaches during my visit to Australia in April 2006. I believe this is Australia's largest coach company.
I caught the 9am bus from Jolimont Centre bus terminal, which arrived at Sydney's Eddy Street bus terminal (right by central station), just over 3 hours later. At the same time as my bus departed, another bus (which stopped at Sydney's international airport en route to Eddy Street) was also departing. The first bus of the day leaves Canberra at 7am. Further buses depart at 1pm and 6pm. There is also a bus that departs at 3pm on Fridays and Sundays.
In the opposite direction, buses depart for Canberra from Sydney's Eddy Street bus terminal daily at 9am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. There is a bus at 7:30pm on Fridays and Sundays.
The cost of a one-way journey, as at April 2006, was 36 AUD. Concessions and children's tickets were available for 29 AUD.
The company's website advertises one-way tickets for just 15 AUD. These must be purchased:
- at least 2 weeks prior to departure,
- via the Internet.
You can find detailed timetables for coaches operating between Canberra and Sydney HERE
No entertainment or refreshments were available on board, but this wasn't a problem for a relatively short journey of 3 hours.
Melbourne to Canberra
I used the V/Line Capital Link Service to travel from Melbourne to Canberra during my visit to Australia in April 2006.
This service is partly by train and partly by bus.
The first leg of the journey is a 4 hour train ride from Melbourne's Southern Cross station to Bairnsdale (via Sale).
The second leg of the journey is a 6 hour bus ride from Bairnsdale through Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Cann River (refreshment stop of 30 minutes), Bombala and Cooma, before stopping first at Canberra's Kingston train station and then finally at the much more centrally located Jollimont Centre bus terminal.
The cost of the entire journey was 62.70 AUD as at April 2006.
This service operates on Mondays and Thursdays only.
There is also a daily service, known as the "Canberra Link" which runs along a less scenic route via Albury.
It's a bit of a pain getting around Canberra because the bus services are few and far between. You may have to wait up to 2 hours at some bus stops.
Taxis are too expensive to consider.
The best way is to rent a car. The UBD Street Directory is an excellent street guide. Canberran roads are pretty easy to maneuver around anyway, because for the most part, Canberra has a pre-fab urban layout.
shuttle bus from airport to bus interchange
the shuttle bus is very convenient. It brings u from airport directly to the bus interchange in front of City Walk hotel (if u are staying there) or just a few minutes walk to Canberra Backpackers(if u are staying there).
however, beware that the shuttle bus does not operate on weekends...so the only alternatives are getting a cab. the cab will cost u about AUD$23.00 to reach the bus interchange or the door of City Walk Hotel !!!
ACTION buses operates around Canberra. U can almost go around Canberra either by bus or by foot. Most of the tourist spots are accessible by walking. however, if u do want to catch a bus around canberra city, do drop by the ACTION info centre near the bus interchange to get all the schedule for the buses.
normal one way ticket is AUD$2.40 for concession is AUD$1.30
one day ticket : 3.50 for adult and 3.oo for concession.
the one day ticket entitle u to hop off and on the bus anytime u want !!!
(the bus drivers are very friendly and helpful, therefore, u can easily ask them on the places that u want to go for a visit and the will direct u and even remind u to hop off the bus when the bus reaches the destination u want to go)!!!
Canberra is a pretty well off place, so ironically, the bus system is pretty poor. ACTION buses have good routes and can get you anywhere at relatively little cost, but the buses run infrequently in the outer areas because of lack of patronage. However, to be fair, the buses that run between the major centres (Civic, Woden, Belconnen, Tuggeranong), are reasonably good.
Beware! Sundays and later in the evening, you could get stranded.
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