About Canberra Airport (CBR)
Address: Terminal Building Canberra Airport, Canberra - Airport, Canberra, 2610
Canberra Airport (CBR) serves the capital city of Australia, as well as the surrounding Australian Capital Territory (ACT), located in the southeast of New South Wales. The ideal transport option in Canberra is to rent a car, and (CBR) - situated 8 km (5.0 mi) from Canberra’s city center — has a number of major airport car rental companies situated just outside the lower level of the terminal.
Canberra is a remarkably well-planned city, with loads of attractions centered around Lake Burley Griffin — a massive man-made reservoir and a great place for outdoor activities, featuring cycling trails, parks, and nature reserves.
Getting around Canberra is generally pleasant, with excellent roads and a dearth of traffic congestion. However, watch for posted speed limits, which vary dramatically. Canberra has a reputation for a number of variations on the speed trap. Fixed speed traps are highly visible with multiple signs informing motorists that they’re about to enter a speed zone. Conversely, mobile speed traps are set up in white vans with signs informing motorists after the fact that their speed has been clocked. Meanwhile, most traffic signals double as speed cameras — with not nearly as much notice given.
Unless posted otherwise, the default speed limit on all roads in the ACT is 50 km/h. And take extra special care in school zones, where the speed limit is 40 km/h from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on school days.
Choosing your car
Once you’ve made your travel plans, choosing a car is a few mouse clicks away. Canberra Airport car rental agencies offer a modest selection of cars, SUVs, and minivans to choose from. Budget offers great rates on a Hyundai i20 compact car. All major car hire companies will have a good selection of standard cars (Toyota Corolla) and estate wagons (Commodore Wagon SV6). Settle into a Kia Serato full-sized models from Enterprise — perfect for small families. Europcar has larger groups covered with the Kia Carnival 7-9 seater minivans. Thrifty can get you into a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV for outdoor recreation at Lake Burley Griffin.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Canberra Airport
Canberra is a 290-km (177 mi) drive from Sydney via the M5 Motorway, which can be done in just under four hours.
Temperatures in Canberra rise above 30ºC from December to March. The winter months (June-August) can be icy cold due to its proximity to the Snowy Mountains.
The majority of Canberra's attractions are within 10 km (6.2 mi) of the city center.
The commercial district of Canberra is known as Civic, but it’s generally signposted as "City".
Have coins on hand for parking meters in Civic on the street or in the government parking lots. Parking in the CBD is a challenge on weekdays.
Fuel stations on main roads are few and far between. Most tend to be located off the main roads, tucked in among local businesses. Look for the small blue fuel pump signs well before the gas gauge hits “E”.