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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​