Fares changing Monday 23 July

The Long-Term Plan 2018-28​ includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase (bus and ferry fares) of 2.5% each year for the next three years, to help cover inflation and increased operating costs. 

The first increase will be implemented on 23 July 2018 and will affect some individual fares.   All adult Metrocard fares will increase by 10 cents, while the cash fare will remain the same.   All child Metrocard fares will increase by 15 cents, and the child zone 3 cash fare will increase by 10 cents. 

The tables below show the projected fare increases over the next three years.

Fare Type Greater Christchurch Adult Fare
  Current
fare
Fare as of
23 July 2018
2019 projected
fare
2020 projected
fare
Metrocard Zone 1 
$2.55 $2.65 $2.65 $2.65
Metrocard Zone 2
$3.75
$3.85 $3.85 $3.85
Metrocard Zone 3
$4.60
$4.70 $4.70 $4.70
Cash Zone 1 $4.00 $4.00 $4.20 $4.50
Cash Zone 2 $5.50
$5.50 $5.70 $6.00
Cash Zone 3 (DHF & NTA) $6.50 $6.50 $6.70 $7.00
Cash Zone Airport Single
$8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50
Cash Zone Airport Return
$15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00


Fare Type Greater Christchurch Child Fare
  Current
fare
Fare as of
23 July 2018
2019 projected
fare
2020 projected
fare
Metrocard Zone 1 
$1.25 $1.40 $1.50 $1.60
Metrocard Zone 2
$1.85
$2.00 $2.15 $2.30
Metrocard Zone 3
$2.30
$2.45 $2.60 $2.80
Cash Zone 1 $2.00 $2.00 $2.40 $2.70
Cash Zone 2 $2.80
$2.80 $3.20 $3.60
Cash Zone 3 (DHF & NTA) $3.20 $3.30 $3.70 $4.20
Cash Zone Airport Single
$4.00 $4.00 $4.90 $5.10
Cash Zone Airport Return
$7.00 $7.00 $8.40 $9.00
 

Frequently asked questions

Why are you increasing fares? 
 
Environment Canterbury’s Long-Term Plan 2018-28 includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase of 2.5% each year for the next three years, to help cover inflation and increased operating costs. 
 
What will it cost me to ride the bus now?

Please refer to the tables above for the adjusted fares from Monday 23 July 2018, and the projected fares for 2019 and 2020. 
 
Why do the fare increases not equate to 2.5% increase each year? 

The 2.5% is an increase in total fare revenue - not fare prices. 
 
Why is the Metrocard fare increasing but not the adult cash fare? 

The adult cash fare had a big adjustment in 2016, so it is not being raised again in 2018.  It is planned to be raised in both 2019 and 2020. ​
 
Are you expecting to see patronage decline with the fare increases? 

Past fare rises have only resulted in a short, small decline in patronage. ​

If you have any questions regarding the fare increase you can email us at metroinfo@ecan.govt.nz .
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