• Bus ETA systems will be down Sunday 24th May

    ​On Sunday 24th May between 12pm and 3pm our Bus ETA system will not be available while we move our systems to the new Bus Interchange. This means from 12pm all on street real time screens (including at Central Station and the Malls), all bus finders at bus stops, look up on the journey planner and the "next bus" finder on our websites will not work.We understand this may cause a little inconveinence to you however it is neccessary and we hope to move systems as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience during this time.​

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Travel Cheaper

Metrocard 

With the Metrocard you pay $2.50 adult per trip instead of the $3.50 cash adult fare.

Use your Metrocard and you'll only be charged between $5.00 and $9.10 per day even if you make 3 or more trips! 

 

Here's what travel with the Metrocard costs for adults travelling around Greater Christchurch:

Fare type Single fare Daily maximum Weekly maximum
Inner Zone 1 $2.50 $5.00 $25.00
Outer Zone 2 $3.60 $7.20 $36.00
Outer Zone 3 $4.55 $9.10 $45.50

 

  • For a single fare, you receive two hours unlimited travel.
  • For the daily maximum, you receive unlimited travel for one day.
  • For the weekly maximum, you will receive unlimited trips within the same week (Monday to Sunday travelling within the same zone).
  • When the weekly maximum is used Monday – Friday you receive weekend travel free within the same zone.

 

Find out more about our fares.

How do I get a Metrocard?

It's easy, just follow these steps:


Transferring on a Metrocard

If you live in a 2 or 3 zone area and travel from the city on a zone 1 service to transfer onto a zone 2 or 3 service home you need to ask the driver of the first bus to charge you the zone 2 or 3 fare. This ensures you do not have to pay the zone 1 fare of the first bus and then also the zone 2 fare. 

For example: Sally lives in Rangiora and studies at Canterbury University; she travels on the Orbiter to Northlands then hops on The Blue Line to get home. She tells the driver of the Orbiter to charge her a ‘zone 3’ fare. In doing so she does not get charged the extra $2.50 for using the Orbiter within zone 1 but only The Blue Line fare of $4.55.

Candocard

A Candocard is a Metrocard for high school students. Find out about Candocards .

Discounts for children under-18yrs

Here's what travel with the Metrocard or Candocard costs if you're under-18:

Fare type Single fare Daily maximum Weekly maximum
Inner Zone 1 $1.25 $2.50 $12.50
Outer Zone 2 $1.80 $3.60 $18.00
Outer Zone 3 $2.30 $4.60 $23.00
 
  • For a single fare, you receive two hours unlimited travel
  • For the daily maximum, you receive unlimited travel for one day
  • For the weekly maximum, you will receive unlimited trips within the same week (Monday to Sunday travelling within the same zone).
  • When the weekly maximum is used Monday – Friday you receive weekend travel free within the same zone.


Free travel for under-5s

Children under-5 years-of-age, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger, can travel free-of-charge.

Not convinced?

Check our fares and costs information. ​