• Services running to Sunday timetables and are for essential travel only

    IMPORTANT: Please register your trip for contact tracing purposes at: www.ecan.govt.nz/trace​

    Recently we were asked by the Ministry of Health to provide details of all passengers on each trip for contact tracing purposes. Please register your trip using the unique bus ID number written on posters within the vehicle. If you are unable to do this while on board​ you can register your trip afterward using your trip details instead (route, boarding location, destination and time of trip).

    From Thursday 26 March bus services are running to Sunday timetables, and will be for essential travel only.

    To help protect our drivers and to maintain the service, buses will have rear boarding only, and fares will not be required. ​

    In addition to the regular Sunday timetable there are a small number of extra trips on some routes in the early morning and late evening. The Diamond Harbour Ferry has a special timetable and route 135 is operating to its Saturday timetable.

    The Bus Interchange is closed and all central city services will use the Manchester St super stops instead.

    More details here: http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/promotions/Pages/Help-keep-us-all-well.aspx​

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 Travel FAQs


The most common Travels and Fares Q&A’s are below, if you have other questions, please call 03 366 88 55.

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Can I take my scooter on the bus?


If your scooter folds up then you can take it onboard the bus. You need to make sure it is folded up while onboard and stowed next to you on a seat, under a seat or in a storage rack . If your scooter does not fold up it is the drivers decision at the time of boarding whether it can go onboard or not. This is because scooters that do not fold up can become projectiles and dangerous to other passengers if the bus has to do an emergency stop. If your scooter does not fold up we recommend you do not take it on the bus.

Can I take a child’s bike or tricycle inside the bus?


It is the driver’s decision at the time of boarding whether the bike or tricycle can go onboard or not. This is because they can become projectiles and dangerous to other passengers if the bus has to do an emergency stop. If the driver thinks it could be dangerous they have the right to refuse to let you come onboard. We recommend that if the bike or tricycle cannot be stowed safely onboard the bus in a seat or a storage rack then you do not try to take it on the bus.

Why do we have detours and disruptions


There are many reasons why services may have disruptions, just a few of them are:

  • Road works
  • Construction works
  • Special events
  • Vehicle accidents
  • New routes / timetables
  • Adjustments to routes or timetables
  • Weather conditions
  • Natural hazardous events e.g. flooding or earthquakes

How often does Metro update detours and services changes?


Metro looks after the notification of all service updates and detours. We update and notify of changes and disruptions as soon as possible throughout the day however out of business hours we can only update and notify of major disruptions

Where does the detour information come from?


Metro receive information from a number of sources:

  • Planned detours are received from the Christchurch City Council, SCIRT or the contractor responsible for the road works
  • Immediate detours (not notified by the above) are received through the team monitoring buses at Central Station and in some instances the Police (e.g. accidents)
  • Planned changes are received through our wider team at Environment Canterbury Regional
  • Council and we strive to notify, where possible, on the website at least 2 weeks in advance of any timetable change or services starting or ending.

Metro work with many agencies whose work may affect buses. Once notified, we work out which services are affected and the best way for buses to travel around the disruption. In order to notify you as soon as possible we rely on those organisations to tell us of changes. Sometimes we will receive information very close to or once a change has occurred. If this happens we notify online as soon as possible and also update as further information comes to hand.

While we aim to keep you updated on all disruptions, it is not always possible. Metro assess the amount of disruption and length of disruption before issuing notices online this means that some small disruptions may not be notified.

What do the symbols on the detours and updates page mean?

This indicates a detour.  We use this symbol when buses have to change a section of their route usually due to road works, constructions works, special events or accidents.

This indicates a timetable or service change.  We use this symbol to notify when a service has a new timetable, route or timetable adjustment starting soon.

Do I need to signal the driver when I want to get on the bus?

We appreciate when passengers make an effort to signal the driver when catching the bus. We recommend when you see your bus coming you stand at the bus stop towards the curb and wave at the driver so that they know you want that bus. The drivers will then pull over and let you on. If you do not signal the driver they may drive past without seeing you.

Are intoxicated people allowed on the bus (alcohol or drugs)?


It is up to the driver’s discretion whether an intoxicated person can board the bus or not. If the driver believes the person is intoxicated and considers that person a risk to the passengers onboard or the driver they can refuse to carry them.

What can I do about loud music being played?


If the music on a passenger’s mp3 or phone is annoying other passengers on the bus one person should tell the bus driver. The bus driver can then ask the passenger with the music to turn it down.

If the bus radio music is too loud, tell the driver and they can turn it down from their control panel.

Can I take my pet onboard the bus?


No the only animal allowed onboard the bus is a guide dog or guide dog in training.


At what age can a child travel on the bus unaccompanied?


Metro do not have a defined age to allow children to travel unaccompanied. We believe that it is the parent’s decision whether a child is capable of safely travelling on their own.


What do I do if I see someone etching windows or damaging the bus?


Metro and bus operator s take damage to buses seriously and provide details and surveillance footage to the Police for prosecution. If you see it occurring take note of:

  • what time it occurred
  • what the person damaging the bus looks like (are they in a uniform or have a recognisable top etc)
  • which window or part of the bus was damaged

Give all the details to the driver. If you feel comfortable telling the driver at the time the damage is occurring do so however if you do not tell the driver when you leave the bus. The bus operator will check the video surveillance footage and provide it to the Police.

Lost & Found

Metro do not receive lost property, so if you have lost or left an item or Metrocard on the bus or ferry please contact the operator of the service you were on.

Can I smoke an e-cigarette on the bus?

No, smoking an e-cigarette or vaping is prohibited on buses where smoking is banned under the Smoke-free Environments Act.

Operator contact details

Go Bus 

Go Bus Ltd

This includes routes formerly operated    by Leopard Coach Lines.
03 339 6555 or 03 335 1395
Red Bus 

Red Bus Ltd

03 379 4260
P.O.Box 10171
Phillipstown,  Christchurch 8145

Black Cat Ltd

(Diamond Harbour Ferry)
03 328 9079
5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
 Christchurch 8082

Ritchies Ltd 

Ritchies Ltd

(Timaru Services)
03 688 7300
P.O.Box 752 , Timaru 7940

Ritchies Ltd

(Christchurch Services)
03 359 0551
40 Abros Pl, Bishopdale