A guide to Canberra airport in Australia’s capital city

Canberra airport (CBR), located in the Australian city of the same name roughly eight kilometres from the downtown, is the main air terminal serving the nation’s capital. It is from this point that a large number of domestic flights to and from the main cities across Australia are handled, in such a way that tourists and business travellers alike may fly from Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney to Canberra or take the reverse journey with carriers like Qantas, Virgin Australia, TigerAir and Qantas Link, or else catch connecting international flights via SYD with Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. The full list of destinations and airlines operating from Canberra in Australia will be detailed below.

Passenger terminal of Canberra airport in Australia

Canberra airport has just one terminal building, although it is commonly seen as divided into two distinct concourses: the Southern Concourse, to the right, is eminently dedicated to domestic operations and the Western Concourse, to the left, is home to the international departures lounge and other passenger services.

The boarding gates in CBR on both sides encircle the central Atrium, an area where most shops and restaurants in Canberra airport are found. If you already have your passport and your Australian visa ready, continue reading to find out how to navigate Canberra airport whether you are flying direct to its terminal or you will be taking a domestic flight to explore more than one city in mainland Australia.

The Southern wing or domestic terminal comprises exhibits and temporary displays, the check-in desks for Qantas, FlyPelican and TigerAir flights, domestic and international baggage claim zones and a designated zone for public buses, taxis and shared vans to pick up arriving travellers. The departures lounge is on level 2.

The Western wing or international terminal accommodates the check-in counters for Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, as well as the exclusive Virgin’s lounge and THE CLUB. If you do not have access to an airport lounge, know that you can still enjoy meeting rooms, media lounges and comfortable seats equipped with power outlets in the public lounge. In this concourse, check-in is done on level 2 and you need to go upstairs to level 3 for departure.

Flights to Canberra in Australia

The airlines flying from international and domestics airports to Canberra in Australia are:

FlyPelican (Newcastle), Qantas (Adelaide, Perth), Qantas y Qantas Link (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney), TigerAir (Brisbane, Melbourne), Virgin Australia (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney), Qatar Airways (Doha) and Singapore Airlines (Singapore).

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Wifi in Canberra airport

To connect your device while waiting, look for the free WiFi hotspots located across the terminal of Canberra airport.

Public transport options from Canberra airport

The Rapid 3 bus line takes 20 minutes to transport passengers from the arrivals area of Canberra airport to the city, and its services run all days of the week. You can purchase your one-way or all-day passes from a ticket machine in the arrivals hall. Alternatively, take an authorised taxi ride with ATC cabs, Canberra Elite or Cabxpress. If you land in Canberra late at night and there are no vehicles available, head over to customer service where they can get you one.

UBER in Canberra airport

UBER operates to and from Canberra airport; book your ride through the UBER app and wait for your driver at the designated express pick up zone by the car park outside the terminal.

Airport hotel

There is a transit hotel in Canberra airport for those having an overnight layover or catching a flight out of Canberra first thing in the morning. Located about 150 metres from the terminal building, it is easily reachable on foot from the public area. The hotel features a total of 191 guest rooms, suites and serviced apartments overlooking the surroundings of the airport.

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