Avis (tel. 13 63 33), Budget (tel. 1300/362 848), Europcar (tel. 1300/131 390), Hertz (tel. 13 30 39), and Thrifty (tel. 1300/367 227) all have desks at the airport.
If you rent your own wheels, you might follow one or more of the six tourist drives marked with signs; pick up details from the Canberra Visitors' Centre.
Canberra has three taxi companies that can be accessed by phone bookings or from designated ranks (stands) that are clearly signposted throughout the city. For taxi bookings call Canberra Cabs (tel. 13 22 27), Cabxpress (tel. 02/6260 6011), or Silver Service (tel. 13 31 00), which has seven-seater vans as well as sedans. An average taxi fare to the city center is around A$25.
ACTION (tel. 13 17 10 in Australia, or 02/6207 7611; www.action.act.gov.au) coordinates Canberra's bus system. The central bus terminal is on Alinga Street, in Civic. Single tickets cost A$4 for adults and A$2 for children 5 to 15. Daily tickets cost A$7.60 for adults and A$3.80 for kids, and weekly tickets cost A$28 for adults and A$14 for kids. Purchase single tickets on the bus and daily and weekly tickets from most newsdealers and ACTION interchanges (transfer points).
For schedules, check its website, or you can pick up bus route maps at bus interchanges, newsdealers, and the Canberra Visitors' Centre.
Canberra Day Tours (tel. 0418/455 099; www.canberradaytours.com.au) offers a hop-on and hop-off day tour by bus, including stops at Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the Embassy region, Telstra Tower, and Lake Burley Griffin. It costs A$30 for adults and A$20 for kids under 16. The first bus leaves at 9:30am from the Canberra Visitors' Centre.
Canberra is unique in Australia for its extensive system of cycle tracks -- some 120km (74 miles) of them -- which makes sightseeing on two wheels a pleasure.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.