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.