Canberra International Airport (CBR)

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  • Todd M.
    "Self service check-in available for all QANTAS flights."(2 Tips)
    Todd M.
    "... at either end of the terminal near Gates 3 and 14."(2 Tips)
    Sarah H.
    "For a Capital city airport this is sooo quiet and stress free."(2 Tips)
    David Y.
    "Join the Hudson Coffee club - you get free coffees!"(7 Tips)
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  • James R.
    James RobertsonMarch 13
    Been here 10+ times
    Food and drink are more over priced than usual so plan ahead, theres also really bad phone reception with no free wifi
  • James R.
    James RobertsonMarch 13
    Been here 10+ times
    Easy to navigate but security staff are pretty hopeless
  • Steve C.
    Steve CDecember 4, 2016
    A spacious, modern airport. Art-gallery vibes.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • JH H.
    JH H-DJuly 31, 2016
    Insanely small airport for a national capital. Makes it easy to find anything and everyone
  • Sancha E.
    Sancha EJuly 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    No Kingsley's chicken at the airport. What a disgrace Canberra.
  • Kate M.
    Kate McNamaraMay 18, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Unusually bad 3G/4G reception throughout the departure level. If you don't want to use the Qantas offering you'll be pretty stuck
  • May F.
    May Fisher-GuestApril 1, 2015
    What a small and cute airport.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HannahMarch 25, 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 .
    Upvoted May 20
  • Security A.
    Security AnalystMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Well it's easy to get in and out of, so that's a distinct up-side.
  • Chinchew P.
    Chinchew PalsuDecember 6, 2014
    Not an international airport and will not be for a long time to come.
  • Chinchew P.
    Chinchew PalsuDecember 6, 2014
    Avoid flying Virgin, unnecessarily rude staff, high risk of flight delay or cancellation. Qantas the only option for Australian domestic flights.
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Todd M.
    Todd MSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Power points are located in the silver boxes under most white columns.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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!
  • Todd M.
    Todd MSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    You can watch bags moving through the belt system in the central atrium, just look for the glass sections of floor.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • William L.
    William LiSeptember 8, 2014
    Although the airport is designated by the Australian Government as an "Designated International Airport" there are no current scheduled international flights, only ad hoc and charter flights operate.
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • William L.
    William LiSeptember 8, 2014
    Until the airline's collapse in 2013, the airport was the main base for Brindabella Airlines.
  • William L.
    William LiSeptember 8, 2014
    Canberra International Airport is now known as Canberra Airport as there is currently no direct international flight out from this airport.
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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...
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Josh J.
    Josh JohnstonAugust 7, 2014
    Eat before you check in. Very few choices for food and they aren't great.
  • Simon W.
    Simon WatsonJune 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't arrive before 5am. Check in desks and departure/arrival hall doesn't open until 5am - so don't arrive too early.
  • Ian F.
    Ian FarrowMay 19, 2014
    There is no free wi-fi unless you are in an exclusive airport lounge. This is an outdated attitude for airline customers.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Jay A.
    Jay AlbrightFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have literally run out of taxis here. No Uber either. Ugh!
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • T K.
    T KDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The taxi "commissionaires" are out of control! Don't discuss work in a cab 🚕 you'll be forced to share! @canberraairport
  • bronwyn l.
    bronwyn lNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Powerpoints available next to travellex and vending machines. (near gate 8)
  • Will R.
    Will RobertsSeptember 23, 2013
    Red Shuttle bus to civic is quicker than a taxi
  • Cici N.
    Cici NguyenSeptember 15, 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
  • Kate M.
    Kate McNamaraSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Crazy color changing fountains in the drop off area are the second best part of the airport.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarrAugust 20, 2013
    Avoid hudsons coffee. You have been warned!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • bronwyn l.
    bronwyn lAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Chairs near hudsons are too darn squeaky!
  • Rafael B.
    Rafael BarrosJuly 23, 2013
    Nice e new airport design!! Top
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Scott S.
    Scott SinclairJune 30, 2013
    If you just got off the plane in Canberra, and are lucky to only be transitting, the Virgin Lounge is to the right.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SinclairJune 30, 2013
    this place is hot in summer.
  • Bruce F.
    Bruce FJune 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    To all the people complaining about power - there is heaps of it! Check in the floor near the pillars along the gate lounges!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BruggerJune 10, 2013
    Tweet @FlightStatus with your flight number and get real-time Twitter flight updates. Remember to "like" this tip :)
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RhodesMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Leon P.
    Leon PatsiatzisMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Early morning flight, no fog? Well bring sunglasses because the sun will be IN YO FACE!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Geraint (Gee) D.
    Geraint (Gee) DavidApril 20, 2013
    Where's the lounge???? All this space and nothing inside!!!
  • Todd M.
    Todd MApril 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Limestone Bistro and Bar now open. Located after security, food offerings are quite nice. Standard airport prices though, so expect a hefty charge!
  • Todd M.
    Todd MApril 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Natalee-Jewel K.
    Natalee-Jewel KirbyApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fly #Virgin out of Canberra - your treated with much more style and consideration!
  • Dean V.
    Dean VowlesApril 5, 2013
    Come as late as possible for your flight, cause there are no lines and reception is dodgy.
  • Alexandra D.
    Alexandra DawMarch 30, 2013
    You can get some beer and wine and great asian food at tuk chop
  • bronwyn l.
    bronwyn lMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    There are smaller airports in Australia, that still have more facilities and shops than here! Pick up your game, guys!!
  • Neil H.
    Neil HoltFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    No wifi which is bizarre and disappointing
  • Kir K.
    Kir KolyshkinFebruary 2, 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.
  • Stewart S.
    Stewart SmithFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They won't visually inspect film (unlike every other airport). Kind of annoying when I have some which is irreplaceable. Grrr
  • Todd M.
    Todd MDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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).
  • Todd M.
    Todd MDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysNovember 23, 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.
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GriffithsNovember 16, 2012
    The perfect toilet experience for the germaphobe.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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".
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Supri M.
    Supri MasriNovember 6, 2012
    If you still haven't got Canberra souvenirs, here's your last chance to do so.
  • Jaya N.
    Jaya NPNovember 2, 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.
  • Duncan R.
    Duncan RileyOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    new terminal has next to no food and facilities..stupid makeover is stupid
  • Kate M.
    Kate McNamaraMay 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Canberra airport, not quite the embarrassment it once was
  • Shane
    ShaneFebruary 16, 2012
    Beer to be had at the noodle place.
  • Lia
    LiaDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't hire car from Europcar, they take more than 20 mins to serve one customer!
  • Nigel
    NigelNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure your deodorant and shaving cream have a lid, or you will lose them!
  • Paris B.
    Paris Buttfield-AddisonNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get out of, or get in to, a plane.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KickettSeptember 7, 2011
    Omg the toilets are amazing with all the sensors and stuff gotta try the dyson airblade Gand drier thing
  • Josh B.
    Josh BryerSeptember 4, 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.
  • Nev J.
    Nev JacksonAugust 17, 2011
    Weird lot in Canberra, get put quick!
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • Teresa T.
    Teresa TothAugust 14, 2011
    I like doing caca in the toilets here... You have real thinking time due to the quietness!
  • Simon L.
    Simon LieschkeAugust 5, 2011
    Seriously? The best tip here is to "experience" the hand dryers in the loos? C'mon Canberra!
  • Angie R.
    Angie RossJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ridiculously expensive newsagent who try to charge more than is written on the front for magazines! Really crap for picking up people too.
  • David W.
    David WilliamsJuly 24, 2011
    This is NOT Canberra !!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Phone coverage is horrible. Canberra airport: why is there no in building coverage on any of the networks .
  • Mel A.
    Mel AblittJuly 17, 2011
    Rice paper rolls are awful, Tuk Chop, and there is no good alcohol here. Sigh.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MJune 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Thilini M.
    Thilini MJune 20, 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 Read more
  • Nat S.
    Nat SJune 9, 2011
    Departure screens are to the left once you've been through security
  • Todd M.
    Todd MMay 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BradbyApril 16, 2011
    Don't order a coffee- you will wait at least 15 minutes at busy times.
  • Chad R.
    Chad RogersMarch 4, 2011
    Food spot in new terminal near gate 11 does not take AMEX...grrrr
  • Viv Z.
    Viv ZillaFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Caffeinate before leaving home.
  • Ali
    AliJanuary 13, 2011
    The airport shuttle bus runs till 7pm, taxi is the only options after that.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Dyson Airblade's for a hand drying experience of a lifetime
  • Steve M.
    Steve McMahonDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Now a comfortable size
  • Steve
    SteveNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Taxi sharing organised by the taxi rank officers. Awesome. Save money, save planet.
  • Gary L.
    Gary LumNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    QANTAS Clubs are just left of security exit.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SloweyNovember 17, 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.
    Downvoted 1 week ago
  • David Y.
    David YoungOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Join the Hudson Coffee club - you get free coffees!
  • Todd M.
    Todd MOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    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!
  • Ron C.
    Ron CharityAugust 9, 2010
    eat before you get there, not much in the airport, very quiet place.
  • David P.
    David PongchongJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Here you can really take off.
  • Kace
    KaceApril 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Catch the airport bus to avoid long cab queues!
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