Cheaper public transport fares coming in February 2023

Published 20/06/2022

An exciting new fare structure is on the horizon for all Metro customers. From next year, catching the bus around Greater Christchurch will be getting cheaper for everyone.

On Thursday 16 June 2022, Environment Canterbury councillors met to adopt the regional council’s 2022/23 Annual Plan, which includes a two-year trial for much cheaper public transport in a bid to make it more accessible for people to travel in a way that reduces overall transport emissions and congestion in Greater Christchurch.

Exciting news for Metro customers

There is a lot of good news for Metro customers in the Annual Plan. From February 2023, Metrocard bus fares across the existing Zones 1, 2 and 3 will be $1 for:

  • Anyone aged under 25
  • Tertiary students
  • Total Mobility card holders
  • Community Services Card holders

For everyone else, a flat fare of $2 will be all you need to get anywhere by bus on our network when travelling with a Metrocard.

Cash fares have also been reduced to $4 for a standard adult fare, and $2 for under 25s, tertiary students, and Total Mobility/Community Services Card holders.

Table of fares commencing February 2023.

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Fares commencing February 2023
Fares commencing February 2023
Payment type Zone Adult (aged 25+) Adult (aged 19–24) Tertiary student Child (age 5–18)
Under 5s ride free
Metrocard Existing Zone 1, 2 & 3 $2 $1 $1 $1
Ferry Service $4 $2 $2 $2
Cash Existing Zone 1, 2 & 3 $4 $2 $2 $2
Ferry Service $6 $3 $3 $3





Ferry customers

Diamond Harbour ferry customers will also be able to enjoy reduced fares from February, with an adult fare to cost $4, while discounted fares for the other groups listed above will be $2. If you’re using cash on the ferry, these fares will be $6 and $3 for adult and discounted fares respectively.


Other exciting changes coming soon

Tertiary student concession – From July

From mid-July we will begin introducing a new concession for students at participating tertiary institutes in Greater Christchurch. We are pleased to launch this in advance of the wider fare changes in February, and the initial concession will be equivalent to the current ‘child’ fares which are around 40% lower than adult fares. Don’t forget that the government’s half-price discount for both adult and child fares is also in place until 31 August 2022!

To access the discount, students will need to order a new Tertiary Student Metro card from their tertiary provider, which would be then collected on-campus. Full details on the process, eligibility and participating organisations will be announced in July. Two of the largest tertiary institutions — University of Canterbury and Ara — will have this concession in place for the second semester. Watch this space!

SuperGold card changes

SuperGold card holders will no longer need to keep their eyes on the clock!

From 1 July 2022 free travel with a SuperGold card will be extended from 9am until the end of the day. Simply show your card to the driver and be on your way!

Community Services Card holders

Earlier this year the central government announcement half-price fares for Community Services Card holders later in the year. Our public transport team is currently working through implementing this change, and we will have further information on this soon.

Encouraging more people to give the bus a go

Councillors have heard the repeated calls from our community to make it easier for people to choose to travel using public transport, and these reduced fares will provide an incentive for people to give the bus a go. Driving is the single largest contributor to Christchurch’s carbon emissions, so encouraging more people to use public transport is one way we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from transport and lead to less congestion on our roads.