• 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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Fares changing Monday 22 July 2019

From Monday 22 July, some public transport fares are increasing. The key changes are:

  • Adult cash fares will increase by 20 cents, while the Metrocard fare remains the same.
  • Child Metrocard fares will increase by up to 15 cents.
  • Child cash fares will increase by 40 cents.
  • There are also changes to the child fare travelling to the airport.

​This is the second of three fare increases set out in Environment Canterbury’s Long-Term Plan 2018-28, which includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase (bus and ferry fares) of 2.5% each year from 2018-2020, to help cover inflation and increased operating costs.

The tables below show the projected fare increases.

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

 

Fare Type ​Greater Christchurch Child Fare
  Current
fare
Fare as of
22 July 2019
2020 projected
fare
Metrocard Zone 1 $1.40 $1.50 $1.60
Metrocard Zone 2
$2.00
$2.15 $2.30
Metrocard Zone 3
$2.45 
$2.60 $2.80
Cash Zone 1 $2.00 $2.40 $2.70
Cash Zone 2 $2.80
$3.20 $3.60
Cash Zone 3 (DHF & NTA) $3.30 $3.70 $4.20
Cash Zone Airport Single $4.00 $4.90 $5.10
Cash Zone Airport Return
$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 from 2018 to 2020, 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 22 July 2019, and the projected fares for 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 adult cash fare increasing but not the Metrocard fare?

The adult Metrocard fare had an increase in 2018, so it is not being raised again in 2019. 

We encourage using a Metrocard as the cheapest and most convenient way to pay. Benefits include discounts off regular cash fares, unlimited transfers within two hours, daily and weekly maximums where any trips after the maximum are free, and the ability to top-up online​.

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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​