GETTING TO CANBERRA
Need to venture interstate for Oktoberfest Parklands? We’re providing the best ways to make sure you get to Canberra in time for Oktoberfest.
If you’re coming from Canberra Region and Surrounds.
Queanbeyan is an easy trip to Canberra. In under 20 minutes you can take Canberra Ave out of Queanbeyan into Kingston and can continue to the CBD from there. Alternatively, Bus 830 runs from Queanbeyan to City Interchange for a short 40 minute bus trip.
Cooma is on the direct route from the south regions below Canberra. The trip takes roughly 1.5 hours. 110km on the Monaro Highway will take you directly to Morshead drive and then straight towards the city.
From Goulburn you can jump on the Hume highway for a few short minutes before continuing on the Federal Highway towards the Capital. You will enjoy this short and sweet road trip which will only take 1 hour.
Yass is a short hour drive away from Canberra. Simply jump on the Barton Highway for 50km and you’ll find yourself on Northbourne Avenue.
For public transport from these locations, plan your trip here.
If you’re coming from further:
Sydney is 280km from Canberra, and if you’re planning on a road trip it’ll take you around 3 hours straight down the Hume & Federal Highways. Add 30 min if you plan on grabbing a coffee or some food but try save your appetite for all the Bavarian eats at Oktoberfest.
It’s only 55min of flying time to get from Sydney to Canberra, with regular flights each day available on Tiger, Virgin and Qantas. The airport is 7.5km from the city centre, and is serviced by taxis, Uber and Transport Canberra ACTION buses.
Greyhound and Murray’s Bus offer express (and cheap) coach services from Sydney Central Station or the International Airport, direct to the Canberra CBD (Jolimont Centre). Hourly services depart from Sydney between 6am and 9pm on most days and it’s around three hours on the bus, give or take Sydney traffic.
There is a picturesque direct rail service from Sydney to Canberra that departs from Central Station and heads south via Goulburn. The train takes around 4.5 hours to get from Sydney to Canberra. For more information check out the NSW Trainlink website.
The most direct route from Melbourne to Canberra will be around 8 hours driving time. Follow the City Link tollway to the western ring road then join the Hume Highway. Near Yass, take the Barton Highway A25 turn off to Canberra.
Flying is going to be the quickest way you’ll get from Melbourne to Canberra, taking just over an hour but will most likely not be the cheapest. There are regular flights with Tiger, Virgin and Qantas from Melbourne to Canberra. You can find the full list of flights on their websites.
There is no direct Canberra to Melbourne rail service. There is a service which runs to Albury by train and will then transfer you to Canberra by bus. Alternately, catch the Melbourne to Sydney train and transfer to Canberra from Goulburn railway station. Find timetables and booking information here.
It’s around an eight or nine hour coach trip from Melbourne to Canberra, with regular services on Greyhound. You can find more information here.
You can drive from Wollongong to Canberra in around 2.5 hours via the M31 and Hume/Federal Highway.
Murray’s run a coach once a day from Wollongong to Canberra return. It takes around three and a half hours, pending traffic. You can find the timetable and tickets on their website here.
FROM WAGGA WAGGA
You can get from Wagga to Canberra in around three hours comfortably. It’s 243km if you travel via the Hume Highway and the easiest way to travel between the two.
There are no direct flights from Wagga to Canberra, but there are regular flights from Wagga to Sydney and Sydney to Canberra on Rex, Virgin and Qantas. The airport is 7.5km from the city centre, and is serviced by taxis, Uber and ACTION Buses.
BUS & TRAIN
From Wagga’s central station you can jump on a train to Cootamundra, then connect to a bus through to Canberra. A coach service runs from Cootamundra straight into the CBD. For more information check out the NSW Trainlink website.
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