Fares

Pay FareTaking the bus is both a relaxing and cheap way to get around town. Check out the lists below to see what your bus ride will cost

Plus, you can travel even cheaper with a Metrocard - save at least 30% off the regular fares and access special cardholder deals on unlimited daily and weekly travel.




 

Greater Christchurch Metro Fare Structure


Fare Type Payment Type
CHILD ADULT
  Metrocard Cash Metrocard Cash
Zone 1 $1.25 $2.00 $2.55 $4.00
Zone 2 $1.85 $2.80 $3.75 $5.50
Christchurch International Airport  one-way $1.25 $4.00 $2.55 $8.50
Christchurch International Airport return trip included NA $7.00 NA $15.00
Diamond Harbour Ferry one way $2.30 $3.20 $4.60 $6.50
Diamond Harbour Ferry return trip included NA $6.40 NA $13.00

View the Christchurch Zones Map (pdf 171 kB)

Please note: Children under 5 years of age travelling with a parent or guardian travel free.

 

Travelling within & between zones

The following chart explains what you pay when travelling within and between fare zones.

Where you are travelling What you pay
Within Zone 1 only Zone 1 fare
Within Zone 2 only Zone 1 fare
Between Zones 1 & 2 Zone 2 fare
Between Zones 1 or 2 and the ferry Ferry fare

 

Travelling across zones using your Metrocard

If you are travelling within zone 1 and plan to transfer on to another route to travel to areas within zone 2 or on the Diamond Harbour Ferry, you must ask the driver at the start of your journey on your zone 1 bus to charge you the zone 2 or the ferry fare. This is so you don’t get charged for two trips (a zone 1 fare on the first bus and then, once you hop onto the other bus, – a zone 2 or the special ferry fare).

 

Free transfers

When you pay by cash, you are entitled to one free transfer within two hours using your ticket receipt. When using a Metrocard you are entitled to unlimited number of transfers within two hours. The following table shows how those free transfers can be used.


Zone you are travelling Cash Metrocard
Within Zone 1 1 free transfer within 2 hours on a bus service within Zone 1 Unlimited free transfers within 2 hours on any Zone 1 bus services
Within Zone 2 1 free transfer within 2 hours on a bus service for travel within Zone 2 Unlimited free transfers within 2 hours on a bus service for travel within Zone 2
Between Zones 1 & 2 1 free transfer within 2 hours on any service for travel to Zone 1 or 2 areas Unlimited free transfers within 2 hours on any service for travel to Zone 1 or 2 areas.
Into / out of Christchurch International Airport No free transfers on this service Unlimited free transfers within 2 hours on any service within Zone 1.
Diamond Harbour Ferry No free transfers on this service. Only return ferry tickets accepted. Unlimited transfers within 2 hours on any bus or ferry service

 

Travelling on Airport services

There are no free cash transfers provided or accepted when travelling into or out of Christchurch International Airport. Christchurch International Airport services are the Purple Line, 29 Airport / City and 125 Redwood - Westlake. If you use an Airport service but do not travel into the Airport, standard Zone 1 fares and transfer rules apply. You can also purchase an Airport return ticket from the bus drivers.


Traveling on the Diamond Harbour Ferry

If you are connecting to the Diamond Harbour Ferry, make sure you let your bus driver know to be charged the correct fare. Connecting Metro bus services to the Ferry are the 28 Papanui/Lyttelton and the 535 Eastgate/Lyttelton.

If you’re using a Metrocard, ask the driver at the beginning of your journey to charge the fare for the ferry, which is $4.60 for an adult, $2.30 child. This will give you free transfers between buses and connecting to the ferry within two hours.

If you’re paying cash, pay the required bus fare for the zone, either zone one or two. Then when connecting with the ferry, another cash fare is required – either $6.50 for an adult or $3.20 for a child one way, or double that for a return ticket. There are no free transfers on the ferry when you are paying with cash.


Zone 2 boundaries

End of Zone 1 and the start of Zone 2

  • Waimakariri River
  • the Birches Rd / Tancreds Rd intersection and
  • the Dawsons Rd / Jones Rd intersection in the west.


Diamond Harbour Ferry

  • Different fares apply.


Zone boundaries

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