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Book Sydney to Canberra by train


Book online and save

Get a 10% discount when you book online, or up to 20% discount when you book 5 or more days in advance. Conditions apply.

Discount is exclusive to tickets bought through this website and applies to seasonal Adult fares.


Book a NSW TrainLink train from Sydney to Canberra

Tickets available in both directions

NSW TrainLink train services will take you from Sydney Central railway station to Canberra Kingston station in less than 4 and a half hours. The train travels via the Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Bungendore. So sit back, relax and let NSW TrainLink take you there. 


  • On board buffet car
  • Choice of Economy or First Class travel
  • 3 train services per day

How to book

  • Book tickets online, over the phone, or at the station.
  • Advance booking is recommended to secure your seats and ensure availability.

Ways to save

The best ways to save on train fares from Sydney to Canberra: 

  • Book online and save: Get the best fares and secure your seats by booking online. You can save up to 10% on your ticket price when you book online.
  • Book in advance: : When you book a Standard Adult fare online 5 or more days before your planned departure date, you can get a discount of up to 20% on your fare. Conditions apply.
  • Travel outside of peak season - Peak fares apply during busy travel periods, including in the lead up to and during school holidays, public holidays and major events. Check fare seasons times to see when you can save.
  • Look out for special deals - Take advantage of special sale fares when they're on offer. 
  • Buy a Discovery Pass - Get unlimited travel to more than 365 destinations.

Please note: Opal cards are not accepted on NSW TrainLink trains.

Seating options

When travelling on Regional train services, you can book a style of travel that suits your needs. 

Economy Class Seat

  • 1 piece of large luggage and 1 piece of hand luggage
  • Lean back on 28 degree recline seats
  • Air conditioned cabin

from $34*

First Class Seat

  • 2 pieces of luggage and 1 hand luggage
  • Stretch out with a 40 degree seat recline and extra leg room
  • Air conditioned cabin

from $48*

Book your trip now

* All fares shown are one-way Adult fares only. Fares vary seasonally in response to demand and may be different to those shown here.

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Trip summary

The things to know before you go


approx. 4h 8m

Earliest departure

Mon - Fri: 07:12
Sat - Sun: 07:05

Last departure

Mon - Fri: 17:42
Sat - Sun: 17:36

Seat reservation

Seats are allocated. Choose your travel class when you book.

Daily departures

3 departures daily

Food and drink

NSW TrainLink Regional train services include a buffet car serving drinks, snacks, and hot and cold meals.


4 x accessible seats, 2 x spaces for wheelchairs, accessible toilets

Route map and timetables

Check out the full train timetables departing from Sydney to Canberra, and for the reverse journey from Canberra to Sydney.  Check travel alerts for up-to-date information before you travel.