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Canberra’s airport has frequent flights to most major Australian destinations although backpackers rarely use it.

The airport is located 7km east of the city centre and is served by the AirLiner shuttle bus, which runs every 30 minutes and costs $9 each way.


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Canberra International Airport, ACT 2609
Bus 10, 28, 737, 757, 786
Telephone (02) 6275 2222
Website www.canberraairport.com.au
    Open Mon–Fri 8.30am–5.30pm

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  • James, 13 Mar 2017


    Food and drink are more over priced than usual so plan ahead, theres also really bad phone reception with no free wifi

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  • James, 13 Mar 2017


    Easy to navigate but security staff are pretty hopeless

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  • Steve, 04 Dec 2016


    A spacious, modern airport. Art-gallery vibes.

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  • JH, 31 Jul 2016


    Insanely small airport for a national capital. Makes it easy to find anything and everyone

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  • Sancha, 21 Jul 2016


    No Kingsley's chicken at the airport. What a disgrace Canberra.

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  • Kate, 18 May 2015


    Unusually bad 3G/4G reception throughout the departure level. If you don't want to use the Qantas offering you'll be pretty stuck

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  • May, 01 Apr 2015


    What a small and cute airport.

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  • Sarah, 25 Mar 2015


    For a Capital city airport this is sooo quiet and stress free. So although it's a pain not to have international flights it's nice to be so peaceful .

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  • Security, 06 Mar 2015


    Well it's easy to get in and out of, so that's a distinct up-side.

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  • Chinchew, 06 Dec 2014


    Not an international airport and will not be for a long time to come.

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  • Chinchew, 06 Dec 2014


    Avoid flying Virgin, unnecessarily rude staff, high risk of flight delay or cancellation. Qantas the only option for Australian domestic flights.

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  • Todd, 13 Sep 2014


    Power points are located in the silver boxes under most white columns.

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  • Todd, 13 Sep 2014


    Kerbside Pick Up is not available at this airport. Use the green or red carpark pick up zones with 10 minutes free. Picking up on the single carriageway road just annoys other road users, don't do it!

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  • Todd, 13 Sep 2014


    You can watch bags moving through the belt system in the central atrium, just look for the glass sections of floor.

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  • Todd, 13 Sep 2014


    Colours explained: Red is for departures (upper level), yellow is for arrivals (lower level) and blue is just a random colour seemingly used at either end of the terminal near Gates 3 and 14.

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  • William, 08 Sep 2014


    Until the airline's collapse in 2013, the airport was the main base for Brindabella Airlines.

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  • Paul, 15 Aug 2014


    While this airport is a MASSIVE improvement on what is was, the best part about it is still that it's the gateway out of Canberra... Sorry Capital Territoreans...

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  • Josh, 07 Aug 2014


    Eat before you check in. Very few choices for food and they aren't great.

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  • Simon, 23 Jun 2014


    Don't arrive before 5am. Check in desks and departure/arrival hall doesn't open until 5am - so don't arrive too early.

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  • Ian, 19 May 2014


    There is no free wi-fi unless you are in an exclusive airport lounge. This is an outdated attitude for airline customers.

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  • Jay, 23 Feb 2014


    They have literally run out of taxis here. No Uber either. Ugh!

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  • T, 02 Dec 2013


    The taxi "commissionaires" are out of control! Don't discuss work in a cab 🚕 you'll be forced to share! @canberraairport

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  • bronwyn, 01 Nov 2013


    Powerpoints available next to travellex and vending machines. (near gate 8)

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  • Will, 23 Sep 2013


    Red Shuttle bus to civic is quicker than a taxi

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  • Cici, 15 Sep 2013


    A newly renovated airport with potential. It may be small in terms of coffee shops and stores but it's big in scenery around the area. Take a moment to enjoy the view

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  • Kate, 11 Sep 2013


    Crazy color changing fountains in the drop off area are the second best part of the airport.

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  • Mike, 20 Aug 2013


    Avoid hudsons coffee. You have been warned!

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  • bronwyn, 05 Aug 2013


    Chairs near hudsons are too darn squeaky!

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  • Rafael, 23 Jul 2013


    Nice e new airport design!! Top

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  • Scott, 30 Jun 2013


    If you just got off the plane in Canberra, and are lucky to only be transitting, the Virgin Lounge is to the right.

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  • Scott, 30 Jun 2013


    this place is hot in summer.

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  • Bruce, 13 Jun 2013


    To all the people complaining about power - there is heaps of it! Check in the floor near the pillars along the gate lounges!

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  • Paul, 10 Jun 2013


    Tweet @FlightStatus with your flight number and get real-time Twitter flight updates. Remember to "like" this tip :)

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  • Sarah, 09 May 2013


    Canberra airport bus was good ($10 each way & chatty driver). Lovely airport; not fussed that there are only a couple of eating and coffee options, I go there to catch planes.

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  • Leon, 05 May 2013


    Early morning flight, no fog? Well bring sunglasses because the sun will be IN YO FACE!

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  • Geraint (Gee), 20 Apr 2013


    Where's the lounge???? All this space and nothing inside!!!

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  • Todd, 15 Apr 2013


    Limestone Bistro and Bar now open. Located after security, food offerings are quite nice. Standard airport prices though, so expect a hefty charge!

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  • Todd, 15 Apr 2013


    Travelex have two locations. Landside in the arrivals hall, central section. Airside, turn left after security and the box is now in the wall. Opens early but is not open late.

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  • Natalee-Jewel, 06 Apr 2013


    Fly #Virgin out of Canberra - your treated with much more style and consideration!

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  • Dean, 05 Apr 2013


    Come as late as possible for your flight, cause there are no lines and reception is dodgy.

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  • Alexandra, 30 Mar 2013


    You can get some beer and wine and great asian food at tuk chop

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  • bronwyn, 22 Mar 2013


    There are smaller airports in Australia, that still have more facilities and shops than here! Pick up your game, guys!!

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  • Neil, 15 Feb 2013


    No wifi which is bizarre and disappointing

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  • Kir, 02 Feb 2013


    If you came to the airport earlier, and fly local (e.g. to Sydney), ask if there is a earlier flight, they'll be happy to rebook.

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  • Stewart, 01 Feb 2013


    They won't visually inspect film (unlike every other airport). Kind of annoying when I have some which is irreplaceable. Grrr

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  • Todd, 05 Dec 2012


    Most common questions answered: There is no tourist information office or even a brochure stand at the airport. Nearest service would be in the City or the main office on Northbourne Ave.

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  • Todd, 05 Dec 2012


    Most common questions answered: City buses leave from the lower level road way. Exit the terminal and keep walking straight, look for the red bollard or mini bus. Cost: $10. Runs until 6'ish mon-sun.

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  • Todd, 05 Dec 2012


    Most common questions answered: The Taxi rank is located to the right after exiting on the lower level, and is in the "covered" car park. Walk around the road until you see the giant "TAXI" sign.

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  • Todd, 05 Dec 2012


    Most common questions answered: Arrivals is on the lower level, everybody comes through where the yellow wall is. Departures is up the escalator behind the red wall (yes, check in is there also).

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  • Todd, 05 Dec 2012


    Signage is abysmal, you need signs to find the few signs located in the terminal. There are no maps, pictograms are small. Spent money on statues instead of signs, see staff if you are really lost.

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  • Jet Airways, 23 Nov 2012


    Must visit: Australian War Memorial, its chock full of personal stories, displays, research facilities, a sculpture garden & function spaces. Its is one of the 'must- see' places in Canberra.

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  • Tommy, 16 Nov 2012


    The perfect toilet experience for the germaphobe.

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  • Todd, 12 Nov 2012


    Remember to run for your bag on the carousel as if it were going into a place with fire and steel jaws, rather than it coming back out on the other side. It is the new "in thing".

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  • Supri, 06 Nov 2012


    If you still haven't got Canberra souvenirs, here's your last chance to do so.

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  • Jaya, 02 Nov 2012


    If you'll return a rental car here, you must spare some time more than usual before flight. The queue can be up to 20-30 mins esp. with AVIS and Budget.

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  • Duncan, 28 Oct 2012


    new terminal has next to no food and facilities..stupid makeover is stupid

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  • Kate, 20 May 2012


    Canberra airport, not quite the embarrassment it once was

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  • Shane, 16 Feb 2012


    Beer to be had at the noodle place.

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  • Lia, 02 Dec 2011


    Don't hire car from Europcar, they take more than 20 mins to serve one customer!

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  • Nigel, 21 Nov 2011


    Make sure your deodorant and shaving cream have a lid, or you will lose them!

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  • Paris, 18 Nov 2011


    Get out of, or get in to, a plane.

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  • Jordan, 07 Sep 2011


    Omg the toilets are amazing with all the sensors and stuff gotta try the dyson airblade Gand drier thing

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  • Josh, 04 Sep 2011


    Hiring a car? Avoid Budget? The name is a joke. Online total: $100. Total at end: $190. Yep, $90 of hidden taxes, incl an 18% 'premium location' surcharge for Thredbo.

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  • Nev, 17 Aug 2011


    Weird lot in Canberra, get put quick!

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  • Teresa, 14 Aug 2011


    I like doing caca in the toilets here... You have real thinking time due to the quietness!

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  • Simon, 05 Aug 2011


    Seriously? The best tip here is to "experience" the hand dryers in the loos? C'mon Canberra!

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  • Angie, 31 Jul 2011


    Ridiculously expensive newsagent who try to charge more than is written on the front for magazines! Really crap for picking up people too.

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  • David, 24 Jul 2011


    This is NOT Canberra !!

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  • Nick, 21 Jul 2011


    Phone coverage is horrible. Canberra airport: why is there no in building coverage on any of the networks .

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  • Mel, 17 Jul 2011


    Rice paper rolls are awful, Tuk Chop, and there is no good alcohol here. Sigh.

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  • Todd, 28 Jun 2011


    Self service check-in available for all QANTAS flights. Speed things up with a Q Bag Tag to avoid using the kiosks so you can head straight to bag drop after checking in online or on your mobile.

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  • Thilini, 20 Jun 2011


    the bus only comes once an hour on weekends. mega fail. you have to otherwise catch a taxi to civic which costs about $25

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  • Nat, 09 Jun 2011


    Departure screens are to the left once you've been through security

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  • Todd, 31 May 2011


    10 minute pick up zone in red car park. Express pick up zone in green car park. Both provide 10 mins free, but Express provides a waiting room for passengers which is much more appropriate.

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  • Jen, 16 Apr 2011


    Don't order a coffee- you will wait at least 15 minutes at busy times.

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  • Chad, 04 Mar 2011


    Food spot in new terminal near gate 11 does not take AMEX...grrrr

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  • Viv, 25 Feb 2011


    Caffeinate before leaving home.

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  • Ali, 13 Jan 2011


    The airport shuttle bus runs till 7pm, taxi is the only options after that.

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  • Todd, 12 Jan 2011


    Missing Bag? If it is with Qantas please see the baggage service counter next to carousel 4. For Virgin baggage blues see staff at check in upstairs. Qantas staff cannot do anything for Virgin pax.

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  • Todd, 12 Jan 2011


    Try the Dyson Airblade's for a hand drying experience of a lifetime

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  • Steve, 06 Dec 2010


    Now a comfortable size

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  • Steve, 28 Nov 2010


    Taxi sharing organised by the taxi rank officers. Awesome. Save money, save planet.

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  • Gary, 27 Nov 2010


    QANTAS Clubs are just left of security exit.

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  • Paul, 17 Nov 2010


    Canberra Airport is the most backward capital city airport in the world! Even after renovations it has one coffee shop and one crazy priced newsagent. Try not to get stuck here for more than 10 mins.

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  • David, 23 Oct 2010


    Join the Hudson Coffee club - you get free coffees!

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  • Todd, 11 Oct 2010


    If traveling Qantas on a Saturday evening, A Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth flight leave withing 15mins of each other. Get there early to avoid the queues at ckin and security for these flights!

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  • Ron, 09 Aug 2010


    eat before you get there, not much in the airport, very quiet place.

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  • David, 20 Jul 2010


    Here you can really take off.

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  • Kace, 26 Apr 2010


    Catch the airport bus to avoid long cab queues!

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