Taking the bus is both a relaxing and cheap way to get around town. Check out the lists below to see what your bus ride will cost.  Plus, you can travel even cheaper with a Metrocard - providing discounts off the regular fares and access to special cardholder deals on unlimited daily and weekly travel.

Timaru City fares 

The services that are within the Timaru City zone are Timaru Link and the Timaru Schools service. All other services have individual fare structures. All fares are listed below.

Fare guide (trips one way)

Route Adults​ Children

Timaru Link $1.65
$0.95 $1.50
Temuka NA $5.00 NA $2.70
Washdyke NA $2.50​ NA $1.50
Timaru School Bus     $0.95 $1.40

Temuka and Washdyke Concession Fares

Concession cards are also available for Temuka and Washdyke services from the bus driver (cash only). The costs are:

Card type Adult Child
Washdyke $25.00​ $15.00
Temuka $50.00 $27.00


Children under five travel free, when accompanied by a fare paying passenger. Children 5 – 18yrs are charged a discounted Child fare - generally around half the adult rate. Drivers may require ID to be shown.


SuperGold cardholders travel free within the Timaru and Temuka Zones during all off-peak times. That's weekdays between 9 am and 3 pm, and after 6.30 pm, and all-day weekends and public holidays. Just present your SuperGold card to the driver when boarding the bus.

Find out more about SuperGold

Metrocard Unlimited Travel

On Metro bus services, Metrocard gives you unlimited free transfers within two hours of your first trip. If you use your card twice a day on weekdays you'll receive your weekend bus travel free, within the same zone.  Find out more about Metrocard.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​