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Transport

Planes

Most people travelling to Canberra will fly on either Qantas or Virgin Blue. There are very few direct international flights to Canberra, so people flying in from overseas will likely need to connect through Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

A taxi from the airport to ANU will take about 20 minutes and cost about AUD 20. The organisers will arrange for international main-conference speakers to be met at the airport.

Driving

Canberra is about three hours drive from Sydney. Driving from Melbourne takes one or two days, Brisbane or Adelaide at least two days. Driving from the Northern Territory, North Queensland or Western Australia may take a week or more. It's a big country!

If you'd like to take a driving holiday when visiting Australia, please allow more time than these guidelines so that you can see and enjoy the countryside, and consult a road map. Stop and rest every two hours.

Most car rental companies will only rent to people over 25 years of age. Driving licences from most other countries are accepted.

Carparking at the ANU is regulated, using a "pay and display" voucher system, and parking may be limited, so it is advised that attendees consider alternative forms of transport rather than driving to the venue.

Trains

There is a Countrylink train service from Sydney to Canberra three times per day. A taxi from the train station to ANU will cost about AUD10 to 15.

Coaches

Coaches arrive at the Jolimont Centre in Civic, which is a short walk to ANU. Providers include Greyhound Pioneer, McCafferty's and Murray's.

For getting around Canberra, the ACT Internal Omnibus Network runs services to the ANU, and Civic, which is a short walk from the ANU.

Estimated travel times

These are estimated minimum direct times only, and include only continuous travel time without allowing for rest breaks. Please check before making your own plans.

From/By Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth*
Plane 50min 1hr 1hr55min 1hr50min 4hr
Car 3hr 8hr 15hr 13hr 45hr
Bus 3hr45min 8hr30min 28hr25min 23hr45min 81hr
Train 4hr 8hr30min 27hr45min n/a n/a

* Australia is like Texas, except it's big

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