Fare not, Canterbury!

Published 20/03/2024

There’s reassurance for our Metro and MyWay customers as our fares will mostly stay the same, including its $2 Greater Christchurch flat fare trial, following the government’s changes to its Community Connect concessions scheme, which come into effect from 1 May. These are nationwide changes, decided by the new government. 

One change for Greater Christchurch commuters 

The sole change for Metro’s Greater Christchurch customers is the government’s removal of the free concessions for 5–12–year-olds. This group will now need to pay $1 bus and $2 ferry concessions from 1 May.  

The Council had already planned for the continuation of the Under 25 concession in its 2022/23 Annual Plan, as part of its flat fare trial. All other Metro concessions for Greater Christchurch will remain the same including Community Services Card holders, tertiary students and Total Mobility customers. 

All Greater Christchurch Metro fares can be viewed on our Fares page.   

Different fares changes in Timaru  

Timaru customers can expect slightly different fare changes. 

In Timaru, the free fares for 5–13–year-olds on Metro School and Temuka services, and the MyWay by Metro concession for 19–24–year-olds, will cease on 30 April. 

This means children travelling on our Metro school services will need to start paying the 95-cents per ride fare again. 

All Timaru fares can be viewed on our MyWay by Metro fares page - these will be updated by 1 May.