• 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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 Text alerts for detours


If you would like to receive detour updates via text message, simply text "FOLLOW @MetroCanterbury​" to 8987 and follow the prompts. 

Via Twitter you can receive a free text alert to your phone when a detour or a major change occurs on our bus services. For bus arrival times, check next bus due here or on our mobile website.

Detour alerts via Twitter @MetroCanterbury

If you would like to receive detour updates via text message, simply text "FOLLOW @MetroCanterbury" to 8987 and follow the prompts. To stop the text updates, text "OFF" to 8987.

Please note, text delivery is provided by Twitter and your telecommunication service provider and service charges may apply.  

QR codes

We have placed QR Codes on the timetable strips of all bus stops around Greater Christchurch.

How to use QR Codes

 Scan QR code
1: Scan QR code with your QR code reader app (available in your app store)
 Open web page 
Step 2: Open web page
 Bus times display 
Step 3: Bus times display


Save the webpage address to your phone favourites so you will have access to the real time information for that bus stop anytime and anywhere.