• 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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America's cup victory parade

All Metro bus routes will be running as usual during the America’s Cup victory parade on Wednesday 12 July, except for a small detour on route 17 in the central city.

With several road closures and no available parking on the parade route, bussing will be a great way to access the central city.

These routes will take you all the way to the bus interchange, the starting point of the parade:
- Blue Line
- Orange Line
- Purple Line
- Yellow Line
- Routes 17, 28, 29, 44, 60, 80, 95

If you’re not sure which route is most convenient for you, have a look at our journey planner or call our Metroinfo team on 03 366 88 55.

Due to the road closures we expect some delays around the central city from 9am to 3pm so please calculate with some extra time when you are planning your trip.

The parade will start at 12 midday at the corner of Colombo and Tuam Streets (next to the bus interchange).  It will head north along Colombo Street before turning left into Hereford Street and right into Montreal Street. The parade will finish at the Christchurch Art Gallery with a formal welcome and speeches. Twenty-five members of the team will be taking part in the parade which will feature other entertainment.

Click here for more information about the parade and road closures.