• 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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Bus routes changing from Monday 29 October

Some Metro services are changing, or being discontinued, from Monday 29 October.
These changes are a result of Environment Canterbury's Long-Term Plan process, which was out for public consultation earlier this year. After listening to public feedback during the LTP consultation and afterwards, the following changes were decided as a final package which addresses the majority of key issues raised by the community in LTP submissions, while still addressing the financial situation.  

What's changing?

The following routes are affected by these changes: 28, 107, 108, 135, 145, 150 and 535. If you currently use any of these routes, the changes affect you and you will need to check the new timetables, available below. 
Among the key changes, routes 135 and 150 will form a new combined route (called the 135) travelling to New Brighton via the new Taiora QEII. This will retain the current connection between New Brighton and Burwood Hospital and allow for more connections across the northeast of Christchurch. A new school route (667) will run for students travelling from Spencerville to Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ high schools.
Route 28 will be extended from Papanui to also travel to Bishopdale, Casebrook and Northwood (replacing the areas previously covered by route 108). It will also be extended to run three trips from Rapaki to the CBD in the morning and three trips from CBD to Rapaki in the afternoon. 
Route 45 will travel from Westmorland to the CBD, via Barrington Mall. It will also take a longer route around Westmorland, providing more residents with access to the service. The current section between St Martins and Eastgate will be discontinued, however, a new shopper service, the 155, will be introduced, to run between Lyttelton and Eastgate via Ferrymead, The Tannery, Woolston, Bromley and Eastgate. The shopper service will run three times a day, Monday to Friday, on a trial basis for 12 months. There will also be a new school service (Route 641) to Cashmere High and Christchurch South Intermediate schools from Woolston and St Martins.
A full summary of the changes is available here

Plan your journey

If you currently use any of the above services, you are affected by the changes and you will need a new timetable to plan your journeys.
The last day of operation for the current services is Sunday 28 October. From Monday 29 October, you will need to refer to the new timetables, available below:

School bus routes