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Flight information Melbourne to Canberra

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Which airlines fly from Melbourne to Canberra?

Three Australian airlines offer direct flights from Melbourne to Canberra, all departing from Melbourne Airport (MEL). Flights depart from 7am to 6pm daily with the following airlines:

Is there a time difference between Melbourne and Canberra?

No, it’s the same time in Melbourne and Canberra all year round.

What is the weather like in Canberra?

Canberra gets very cold in the winter, with average lows of 0°C and 1°C from June to August. Canberra is also a few degrees hotter than Melbourne in the summer, so be prepared for more intense weather than you would expect in Melbourne, whenever you visit.

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Essential travel information for Canberra

You will need a valid form of photo ID to board your Melbourne to Canberra flight.

Departing from Melbourne

Melbourne is home to several domestic airports, including Melbourne Airport (MEL) (also known as Tullamarine Airport), Avalon Airport (AVV), and Essendon Airport (MEB).

Direct Melbourne to Canberra flights depart from Melbourne Airport. This airport has 4 terminals, 3 of which are domestic, each serving different airlines:

  • Terminal 1 serves Qantas.
  • Terminal 2 is the international terminal.
  • Terminal 3 serves Virgin Australia.
  • Terminal 4 serves other domestic airlines, including Tigerair.

It’s important to arrive at the appropriate terminal for check-in no later than 1 hour before your scheduled departure. Be sure to leave extra time for your journey to the airport during peak traffic times.

Arriving in Canberra

Once you’ve disembarked your flight at Canberra Airport (CBR), it’s just a short walk downstairs to collect your luggage.

You have several options for getting yourself to the city:

  • Bus: Bus numbers 11 and 11A, stopping at Brindabella Business Park and City Bus Terminal (among others).
  • Taxi: The taxi rank is located immediately outside the domestic terminal.
  • Rental Car: There are 7 car hire companies based at or near Canberra Airport. Bookings are encouraged but not essential.
  • Rideshare: Services like GoCatch, OLA and Uber can be utilised from the designated Express Pick-Up Carpark.

Return flights from Canberra to Melbourne

You should arrive at least 1 hour before your flight from Canberra to Melbourne is scheduled to depart, to allow enough time to check in and clear security. In good traffic, the airport is only a 10-minute drive from the CBD.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November 2018.

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