• Covid-19 Alert L2 - MyWay, Timaru Link and Temuka services normal timetables operating


    Under Alert Level 2, the Timaru Link and Temuka service are back to regular timetables and MyWay by Metro is operating. 


    However, capacity restraints meant that some Timaru Link and school services may be full at peak times.


    During Alert Level 2, the Ministry of Health requires the capacity on most buses to be limited to 40% of normal seated capacity – or around 25% of normal total capacity, with standing passengers not permitted under Level 2.


    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

    We ask that you consider alternative ways of travelling at peak times, such as biking, walking, scootering or carpooling. Alert Level 2 is simply not business as usual, and we are simply not going to be able to supply enough capacity on the buses to guarantee a seat for everyone who needs to travel.​


    Find out more about Metro Timaru services at Level 2 here​.​

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Fares changing Monday 22 July

The Long-Term Plan 2018-28 includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase (bus and ferry fares) of 2.5% each year from 2018 to 2020 to help cover inflation and increased operating costs. 

The second increase will be implemented on Monday 22 July. Adult Metrocard fares will increase by 5 cents, and the cash fare will increase by 10 cents. Child cash fares will increase by 10 cents and the Metrocard fare remains unchanged. Fares to Washdyke include an increase of 10 cents on the adult fare and 30 cents on the child fare. Fares to Temuka include an increase of 20 cents on the adult fare and 30 cents on the child fare.

The tables below show the fare increases. 

Timaru Adult Fare

Fare Type
Current fare Fare as of 22 July 2019
Metrocard $1.60
$1.65
Cash $2.40 $2.50
Washdyke fare $2.40
$2.50
Temuka fare $4.80
$5.00

Timaru Child Fare

Fare Type
Current fare Fare as of 23 July 2019
Metrocard $0.95
$0.95
Cash $1.40 $1.50
Washdyke fare $1.20
$1.50
Temuka fare $2.40
$2.70

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 22 July 2019.

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.  

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.