The Canberra Rapid Bus Network

The Canberra Rapid Bus Network

The Canberra Rapid Bus Network will provide a sustainable transport option for all of Canberra.

The benefits to all Canberrans will include:

  1. An economically feasible cost for construction and purchase of high capacity vehicles.
  2. Easy integration with the existing ACTION bus network to allow for feeder type interchange points to be established along the routes as well as high capacity and secure Park & Ride facilities.
  3. Low to little impact to Canberra’s existing motor traffic during implementation.
  4. A visually attractive and highly feasible alternative to driving to work, school or social events.
The Canberra Rapid Bus Network connections graphic

Greater lengths for passengers

The Canberra-wide Rapid bus network will be developed using high capacity buses that will integrate seamlessly into our city’s environment. They will offer a high quality world class experience and on-board passenger facilities will include state of the art information systems, comfortable seating and dedicated wheelchair and bike bays. Articulated buses with up to four sets of doors will ensure quick loading and unloading.

Greater lengths for passengers
Rapid bus specifications


Rapid buses will be modern and brightly colour coded to make them attractive and stand out in the urban environment. The interior seating will also be comfortable and modern in appearance.


The Rapid buses will be a superior option to light rail. Not only will they service each part of the city, we will explore the most efficient vehicles, including advanced diesel technology, hybrid options and emerging electric-battery options.


The Rapid bus fleet and routes will ensure consistent service delivery under varying circumstances in a dynamic Canberra traffic environment. Obstructions on the routes can easily be overcome.

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Better buses, better routes, better choices

The Canberra Rapid Bus Network will be designed to offer all Canberrans more choice in transport alternatives to everyday car use. The bus routes will be designed to be:

  • High frequency seven day operation including nights and public holidays
  • High capacity buses with wheelchair and bike facilities
  • Colour coded bus route branding for easy identification
  • Branded super stops with heating, all weather canopy, water fountain, bike racks and 24-hour CCTV monitoring
  • Bus priority measures on all routes to speed up the journey including more dedicated bus lanes
  • Traffic light priority including green light activation transponders to reduce buses stopping at intersections
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Very Frequent Routes

7 minutesEvery 7 mins
Monday to Friday

15 minutesEvery 15 mins
Weekends & Nights

Blue Rapid

Tuggeranong to Belconnen

Banks / Tuggeranong / Woden / City / ANU / Calvary Hospital / UCAN / Belconnen / Kippax Fair

Red Rapid

Gungahlin to Fyshwick

Ngunnawal / Gungahlin / Dickson / City / Russell / Kingston / Fyshwick / Canberra Outlet Centre

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Frequent Routes

10 minutesEvery 10 mins
Monday to Friday

15 minutesEvery 20 mins
Weekends & Nights

Bronze Rapid

West Belconnen to City

Dunlop / Charnwood / Belconnen / UCAN / Stadium / Bruce / Dickson / City / Barton

Green Rapid

Tuggeranong to Airport

Tuggeranong / Erindale Centre / Woden / Hospital / City /
Russell / Duntroon / Airport / Majura Park

Purple Rapid

Greater Canberra Loop - Tuggeranong to City

Tuggeranong / Kambah /  City / Russell / Barton / Kingston / Hume / Chisholm

Pink Rapid

Gungahlin to Belconnen

Bonner / Gungahlin / Kaleen / Giralang / UCAN / Belconnen

Gold Rapid

Woden to North Canberra

Woden / Hospital / Narrabundah / Manuka / Barton / City / Ainslie / Dickson / Watson

Silver Rapid

Woden to City via Weston Creek

Hospital / Woden / Weston / City / Russell / Barton

Woden to Belconnen direct

Hospital / Woden / Tuggeranong Parkway / Calvary Hospital / Belconnen

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A great place to wait

The Canberra Rapid Bus Network will be a frequent bus network with buses arriving at stops every 15 minutes or better to reduce the need to wait. The Rapid Bus Network will also utilise highly branded dedicated bus station structures that will enable passengers to wait between departures in a comfortable and a secure environment.

The example shown here illustrates the possible inclusions at bus stations that will provide a comfortable passenger waiting area shielding from bad weather, a secure 24-hour monitored environment, a brightly lit safe place to wait and one that is flexible enough to change with environmentally sustainable solar power sources.

Rapid Bus Station diagram

Example shown here for illustrative purposes based on Auckland NZ design.


Branded super stops with heating, weather proofing, water fountains and bike racks.


24-hour monitoring through help point system with security cameras and back to base monitoring.


Brightly lit canopy and route colour LED light strips to maximise passenger safety and all weather use.


Services installed or planned for to allow ticket machine installation and use of solar powered panels for sustainable powering where suitable.

Blue Rapid Bus

Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz