Sleeping in Airports

Canberra Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Canberra Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Luckily a politician or business man type took pity on me and invited me into the Qantas lounge for a free breakfast. – a traveller

CBR Airport Overview

canberra airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Canberra International Airport.

What to Expect

Canberra Airport (code: CBR) consists of an ultra-modern terminal with two concourses (Southern and Western), 14 departure gates, and a half-dozen eateries and shops. After these services close for the night, vending machines are the only food/drink option, so plan accordingly if you are intending to spend the night. WiFi is available to help pass the time.  For additional comfort economy class passengers can pay to access the airport’s private lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

We have only had one sleep-related airport review and the traveller reported sleeping in the Uber waiting room without any problems of note. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel on site and several hotels nearby. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Canberra Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport. The nearest hotels are:

  • Vibe Hotel – Located 50m from the new terminal entrance. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Styles Canberra – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Plus Garden City – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Canberra Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program (ie. Qantas Club or Virgin Australia). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Qantas Club – Location: Opposite service desk which is located next to gate 11. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Virgin Australia Lounge – Location: Airside, Level 3, Western Concourse Terminal Terminal Circuit. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin Australia Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in the Express Pick-Up waiting lounge, in the International Departures lounge and the “Office Fit For You” in the Departures lounge. Connect to “Fly CBR” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Arrivals Hall (next to Travelex) • Departures Hall (next to Tuk Chop).

Baby Care Facilities – Available airside on Departures / Upper Level, next to the restrooms at Gates 5 and 12, or landside on Arrivals / Lower Level, next to the restrooms at Gate B.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rate: $2 per cart, payable in cash or coins. Upon arrival into Australia from an international flight, baggage trolleys are available to use, free of charge.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange, phone cards, money transfers and more are available at Travelex. Location: Departures concourse. Hours: 5:30AM – 6:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – JR/Duty Free offers duty-free shopping in the International terminal departure and arrivals areas. Relay newsstand sells books, magazines, newspapers, SIM cards, and more from locations in the Departures concourse. SIM cards are also available for purchase from Relay vending machines located throughout the International terminal.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some opening as early as 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Hudsons Coffee • International Bar & Café • Limestone Café & Bar • Tuk Chop • Two before Ten.

Information Desk – There is a customer service office located next to Budget in the baggage claim area that may be able to provide assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Locations: Arrivals Area, Ground Floor, next to Gate A • Arrivals Area, Ground Floor, next to Gate B.

Mobile Charging – Available in the International Departure lounge and in the Office Fit For You.

Prayer Room – Lower level, across from Gate B.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Workspaces – Head to the Departures lounge to make use of the airports mini-offices, An Office Fit For you, which offer WiFi and charging points, free of charge.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:30AM until 30 minutes after last flight.


Canberra airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Pelican • Qantas/Link • Qatar • Singapore Airlines • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bus No. 11 and No. 11A run between CBR airport and the city centre, seven days a week. The adult fare is AUD$ 4.80 and can be paid on the bus. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Transport Canberra website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Redspot • Thrifty. Location: arrivals hall of the terminal, across from the baggage collection belts.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Aria Hotel Canberra   •   Clifton Suites on Northbourne.


Taxis are readily available from a taxi rank located on the ground floor, just outside of the Arrivals area, within a short walk of the baggage carousels. If, for some reason, no taxis are available, visit the customer service office and they will arrange one for you. For a fare estimate, visit the airport website.

Last updated: 2020-01-09

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.