Light Rail Launch

You are invited to the launch of Canberra’s biggest ever infrastructure project – the launch of Canberra’s first light rail route: Gungahlin to City.

Wait time
No queues
Wait time
8 minutes to board
Total Passengers
Total Passengers carried
24,600 passengers
carried today
Time updated 4:00pm - final update

Saturday 20 April 2019

Ride the light rail for free, and while you wait enjoy live music, roving entertainment, kids’ activities  at both City and Gungahlin terminals.

Light Rail Launch

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Please note: All passengers will have to get off at the end of the line to give other people a chance to get on.

Ride the light rail:

From 9 am – 4pm.

Hop on the light rail at no cost. While all 13 stops will be open and operating, queues will be managed from the City (Alinga Street) and Gungahlin (Hibberson Street) and you more likely to get a place if you board at these locations.

While you wait:

From 9 am – 4 pm

Enjoy music, food and kids’ activities at Gungahlin and City terminals. Support our charity partner Hands Across Canberra through a gold-coin donation or by visiting their barbecue in the city, and visit the Transport Canberra Information Tent to learn more about light rail and Canberra’s integrated transport network.

Plan Your Day

It’s a big day for Canberra, so expect crowds and queues. Get essential information to plan your day..

Road closures and traffic conditions

Expect road closures in the City on Northbourne Avenue between London Circuit and Barry Drive
City road closure map (PDF 111KB)

Light Rail Launch Day Map_City

Expect road closures in Gungahlin on Hibberson, Gozzard, Efkarpidis, Hinder Streets and Anthony Rolfe Ave
Gungahlin road closure map (PDF 110KB)

Light Rail Launch Day Map Gungahlin

Free public transport to manage street parking demand

Alignment Neighbours

Do you live, work or travel near the Gungahlin to City light rail alignment? Here’s everything you need to know about how Light Rail Launch day might impact you.

Our charity partner: Hands Across Canberra

We are proud to work with Hands Across Canberra as our charity partner for the Light Rail Launch. Hands Across Canberra is an independent community foundation, working with more than 200 local community organisations to help Canberrans give back to the community. Look out for Hands Across Canberra donation points at the end of your light rail trip and the gold-coin barbecues in the City.

Can’t make it on Launch Day?

If you can’t make it on the day, there are plenty of other opportunities to ride light rail for free:

On Easter Sunday 21 April – Free travel across the network on light rail and buses.

On Easter Monday 22 April – Paid passenger services begin on a public holiday timetable, then normal services for the rest of the week.

On Monday 29 April – New integrated transport network begins with a free month of travel on buses and light rail (29 April to 28 May)

Stay informed

You can find out more and stay up to date with light rail progress: