• 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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Students & Seniors


Travel cheaper or free
with a SuperGold or
Cando Card. 

Cando Card

Cheaper travel for students under 18 years old

A Cando card is an ID card that some high schools in Canterbury use. They work exactly the same way as metrocards, offering discounts, fare caps and the ability to top up online. They are issued by high schools at the beginning of each year.

If you're under 18, you will be charged a child fare using a Cando card on the bus. If you turn 18 during the school year, the card will automatically change to an adult card. 

To see if your school uses Cando cards please contact your school reception. 

If your school does not have Cando cards and you would like to purchase one please visit ecardz.co.nz/cando/.

SuperGold Card

65 and over and veterans travel free nationwide

SuperGold card holders travel free on all off-peak Metro bus and ferry service. It's our way of saying "thank you" to our seniors and veterans. The SuperGold Card is free for all eligible New Zealand residents aged 65 years or over and those under 65 who receive the New Zealand Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension.

Off-peak travel is between 9am and 3pm, after 6:30pm weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays. When boarding, please show your SuperGold card to the driver - you must do this to be eligible for free travel. If you have any questions about using your SuperGold card on Metro services give us a call on 03 366 8855. ​

How do I apply for a SuperGold Card?

To apply for a card, or for further information on eligibility and discounts, visit www.supergold.govt.nz, email information@supergold.govt.nz or call 0800 25 45 65.