86 Darfield - City

Red Bus

This trial service is for residents to commute to the city from Darfield, Kirwee and West Melton. Please note this service operates as an express service. The morning trip does not pick-up passengers after Russley Rd (drop-offs only) and the afternoon trip does not drop-off passengers before Russley Rd (pick-ups only).

This service operates Monday - Friday, it does not operate on weekends or public holidays. There are also a number of fare zones relevant to this service so please check the fare zone guide below.

Download printable timetable and map

Monday - Friday

To City AM
Darfield 7.10am
Kirwee 7.20am
West Melton 7.30am
Westfield Riccarton 8.00am
Bus Interchange 8.12am
Manchester St Superstop 8.15am
To Darfield PM
Manchester St Superstop
4.42pm
Bus Interchange (Platform C) 4.45pm
Westfield Riccarton 5.00pm
West Melton 5.30pm
Kirwee 5.40pm
Darfield 5.50pm

Route maps and pick-up/drop-off locations

Bus stops for this service are marked on the maps below, if you and are unable to access the advertised stops to board this service please stand in a safe roadside location along the route, within the townships listed, and signal the driver.




This service drops-off in the mornings and picks-up in the afternoons at any bus stop along the route between Russley Rd and Manchester St Superstop. View the city route map.

Fare Zones

This service crosses several fare zones, please check below to see which fares will apply to you.

*Please note: all zone 4 fares are being charged as a zone 3 fare currently.

Travel zones
Between Darfield and Kirwee Zone 2
Between Darfield and West Melton Zone 3
Between Darfield and City Zone 4*
Between Kirwee and West Melton Zone 2
Between Kirwee and City Zone 3
Between West Melton and City Zone 2

Transferring on Metro services

If you are travelling within zone 1 (Christchurch city) and are transferring on to the Darfield service, ask the driver at the start of your journey on your zone 1 bus to charge you the zone 2 - 4 fare. This is so you don’t get charged for two trips (a zone 1 fare on the first bus and then, once you hop onto the other bus, a zone 2 - 4 fare). When paying by cash you will receive one free transfer within two hours. When paying by Metrocard you will receive unlimited free transfers within two hours.

Fares

Zone Adult Child
Fare type
Metrocard Cash Metrocard Cash
Zone 2 $3.85 $5.50 $2.00 $2.80
Zone 3 $4.70 $6.50 $2.45 $3.30
Zone 4* $5.60 $7.50 $2.90 $3.90

Need a Metrocard?
There are a number of Metro agents throughout Christchurch and at the Selwyn District Council, see a full list of agents here. ​