Travelling by Road

Canberra is accessed by road from Sydney via Hume Highway and then Federal Highway. From Melbourne, Canberra is approached by road via Hume Highway, and then taking the Barton Highway from Yass. The Monaro Highway gives road access to Canberra from the Monaro Plains region; Kings Highway gives road access to Canberra from the NSW South Coastal region. In the ACT, the speed limit on the open road is generally 110 kilometres per hour and on some sections of highway is 110 kilometres per hour. In the Australian Capital Territory, a driver's licence from another country or another Australian state will usually suffice for up to three months, as long as it has photo identification and it's for the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. If you re staying more than three months, you'll need to get an ACT drivers licence.

Getting Around Canberra: Canberra's unusual road system featuring many circular streets and roundabouts are major contributing factors towards it being an easy place to travel in and around by road. Unlike most other capital cities in Australia, the city and suburbs have been designed with motor vehicle traffic in mind. There is relatively quick access and minimal traffic congestion along Canberra's roadways, but the layout of many roads in circles can be confusing to visitors and studying a map prior to travelling from one part of Canberra to another is recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the city.

Public Transport: Canberra is serviced by a bus-based public transport system, called ACTION, short for Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network, as the city has no railway system other than an interstate railway that terminates in the suburb of Kingston. The ACTION bus service provides comprehensive services for Canberra residents. A private bus service also operates between Queanbeyan and Canberra.

Numerous operators provide coach services between Canberra and Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.