• Covid-19 Alert L2 - Regular timetables now operating

    COVID-19 Alert Level 2 update

    Metro’s public transport networks have returned to regular timetables, and the central city bus interchange has reopened. Find out more about Metro services at Level 2 here.​

    Capacity on board vehicles

    Government advice is that at Alert Level 2, people can leave home to do more things, but should follow public health measures and consider others around them. In​ particular, people shoul​d keep their distance from people they do not know. This includes onboard public transport. Because of this, the network’s capacity is restricted, across both urban and school services.

    The Ministry of Health requires the capacity on most buses to be limited, which means there will only be approximately 40% of normal seated capacity – or around 25% of normal total capacity, with standing passengers not permitted.

    Sitting together on the bus

    Physical distancing from your fellow passengers is important. Please sit at green stickered seats, unless travelling with people you know. 

    People who know each other can sit next to each other (i.e. in a red dot seat next to a green dot seat). Would you be able to name the people you’re sitting next to if the Ministry of Health contacted you for contact tracing? If so, it’s okay to sit with them.

    Traveling outside of peak times

    If you have a choice, we ask that you avoid travelling at our peak times of 7am - 9am and 2.30pm – 5.30pm, weekdays.

    We really appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness as we work within the limitations in place to keep everyone safe.

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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