• Services running to Sunday timetables and are for essential travel only

    IMPORTANT: Please register your trip for contact tracing purposes at: www.ecan.govt.nz/trace​

    Recently we were asked by the Ministry of Health to provide details of all passengers on each trip for contact tracing purposes. Please register your trip using the unique bus ID number written on posters within the vehicle. If you are unable to do this while on board​ you can register your trip afterward using your trip details instead (route, boarding location, destination and time of trip).

    From Thursday 26 March bus services are running to Sunday timetables, and will be for essential travel only.

    To help protect our drivers and to maintain the service, buses will have rear boarding only, and fares will not be required. ​

    In addition to the regular Sunday timetable there are a small number of extra trips on some routes in the early morning and late evening. The Diamond Harbour Ferry has a special timetable and route 135 is operating to its Saturday timetable.

    The Bus Interchange is closed and all central city services will use the Manchester St super stops instead.

    More details here: http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/promotions/Pages/Help-keep-us-all-well.aspx​

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Travel savings & zones


Using your Metrocard saves you at least 25% compared to what a cash fare would cost you.

Check out these savings for travelling with a Metrocard around greater Christchurch:

Fare Zone Single Fare Daily maximum Weekly maximum

Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult
Zone 1
$1.50 $2.65 $3.00 $5.30 $15.00 $26.50
Zone 2
$2.15 $3.85 $4.30 $7.70 $21.50 $38.50
​Zone 3 ​$2.60 ​$4.70 ​$5.20 ​$9.40 $26.00​ ​$47.00
Ferry $2.60 $4.70 $5.20 $9.40 $26.00 $47.00
  • 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.
  • Children under-5 years-of-age, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger, can travel free-of-charge.

Transferring between zones

If you travel from the city on a zone 1 service and want to transfer onto a zone 2, 3 or Ferry service, ask the driver of your first bus to charge the zone 2, 3 or the special fare that applies for the ferry. That way, you don’t pay the zone 1 fare of the first bus and also the zone 2 or 3 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 2’ fare. In doing so, she does not get charged the extra $2.65 for using the Orbiter within zone 1 but only the Blue Line fare of $3.85.

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