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Public transport for the National Multicultural Festival

When: Friday 21 February to Sunday 23 February 2020
Where: Canberra City

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Multicultural Festival

Heading to the National Multicultural Festival? Skip the parking fees, RBT’s and ride share charges and use public transport to get you to and from the festival. Our seven-day network operates late night and rapid services between major town centres providing people with more options to get out and about all year round.

Transport Canberra offers frequent, affordable and convenient travel on both light rail and buses. You can also connect with light rail and buses with the same easy-to-use MyWay card.

Bus and Light Rail Services to the festival 

We will be increasing capacity across the bus and light rail network to accommodate crowds for over the weekend.


Additional Rapid bus services will be in place on Saturday 22 to get you to and from the National Multicultural Festival with ease. Regular fares apply.


For Belconnen, the Rapid 2, 3 and 4 provides frequent access to the city later into the evening.


Light Rail, Rapids and regular route services provide access into Central Canberra and into the city later into the evening.

Central City services:  R1, R2, R3 , R4, R5 , R6, R7, R10 , 31, 32, 50, 51, 52, 53 , 54, 55, 56 , 57, 58, 180 , 181, 182 - Timetables


From Gungahlin, light rail provides easy access into the city and the Rapid 8 takes you direct to Belconnen town centre. Both services run late into the evenings.


For Tuggeranong, the Rapid 4 and 5 provides access to the city later into the evening.


The Rapid 4, 7 and 10 provides direct access to the city later into the evening from the Woden Town Centre, Cooleman Court and John Gorton Drive.

Light Rail

Additional light rail services will be in place on Saturday 22 February to get you to and from the National Multicultural Festival with ease. Regular fares apply.

Plan ahead 

To get to the National Multicultural Festival, you may need to use multiple modes of transport, including bus, walking and cycling.

Plan your trip ahead of time. The best way to plan your journey is to use the TC Journey Planner  . The Journey Planner allows you to select your mode of travel and then select your start and end destination. To plan your travel to and from the City simply place your starting destination in the starting point and then choose the City Bus Station as your destination. You will then be able to plan your travel depending on when you wish to leave.

Please consider the temporary relocation of stops when using NXTBUS during this period. Transport Canberra staff will also be available to assist passengers during this period.

Customers are encouraged to stay up to date with event diversions by connecting with Transport Canberra on Facebook or Twitter , and to also pay attention to all passenger signage in the area.

Park & Ride

Avoid the hustle and bustle of finding a park in the city and use one of our Park & Ride facilities across Canberra. Park & Ride facilities are located within easy reach of Rapid routes, providing you with easy access to simply park your car and jump on a bus or light rail service to complete your journey.

Bike & Ride

Riding a bike is a great way to connect with the Transport Canberra network using Bike & Ride.

You can ride your bike and secure it to a bike rail or at one of our six secure cages. You can also take it on board as you continue your journey on a bus or the light rail.

Temporary Diversions and Road Closures 

The National Multicultural Festival will take place on Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February 2020. As part of the festival, the section between East Row and Akuna Street on London Circuit will be closed during this period.

What has changed?

A number of Transport Canberra bus services will be affected by the temporary closure. The following diversions and stop closures will be in place from 9.30am on Friday 21 February 2020. Regular services will resume from 5.00am Monday 24 February 2020.

  • London Circuit will be closed in both directions from East Row to Akuna Street, London Circuit
  • The following bus stops will be closed during this period:
    • Stop 3356 - London Circuit Legislative Assembly (North Bound)
    • Stop 3003 - London Circuit Commonwealth Bank (South Bound)
    • Stop 3004 - London Circuit after Akuna Street (South Bound)

Please proceed to the City Interchange for all services during this time.

Ensure you plan ahead and allow additional travel time in consideration of traffic delays anticipated for the event.

Multicultural Parade

Please also note that the City Interchange will close platforms 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 from 3.30pm – 6.00pm due to the Multicultural Parade on Saturday 22 February 2020. All south bound services will depart from Platform 2 on Alinga Street and all north bound services will depart from Platform 1 on Alinga Street.