New Metro fares have launched

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We’re excited to have launched our new fares on 1 July.

With our simple new fares, you can now travel on any Metro bus route across Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri for $2 or less with your Metrocard.

Removal of zones make travel cheaper and simpler

Our universal flat-fare trial, which was announced as part of the Environment Canterbury 2022/23 Annual Plan, simplifies and reduces fares from the existing three zone fare structure. The launch also coincided with the end of the national half-price fares promotion on 30 June 2023.

Free travel for Under 13s

From 14 August 2023, young children aged 5-12 travel FREE on all Metro services when paying with their Metrocard. Kids under 5 continue to travel free (no Metrocard required for the wee ones). Find out more on how to access this concession.

$1 bus travel for concession holders

$1 bus travel concessions are available with a Metrocard for the following groups. Click on the links immediately below to find out more.

These concession groups can also get $2 fares on the Diamond Harbour ferry service when paying with a Metrocard.

The free travel period for SuperGold cardholders remains (from 9am weekdays and all weekend).

NEW Greater Christchurch Metrocard fares

Fare type Standard
Concession fares
Youths aged
Services Card
Tertiary Student
Total Mobility
Children aged
5-12 years
Bus $2 $1 FREE
Ferry $4 $2

Some customers will have the option to choose between multiple concessions. Customers under 25 do not need to apply for other concessions, as your age-related fare will be applied automatically through the date of birth associated with your Metrocard.

Existing Metrocard benefits remain

Existing Metrocard benefits such as daily/weekly fare caps, 2 hour transfers, SuperGold card concessions, and free travel for children under 5 remain. Details on these Metrocard benefits are available here

Cash fares have also been reduced and simplified.

Cash payment are still available for adult fares and child fares for those aged 5 - 18 inclusive. All other concessions require payment by Metrocard.

  • For adults, cash fares are $4 for travel on Metro buses, and $6 for the Diamond Harbour Ferry.
  • For children aged 5 - 18 inclusive, cash fares are $2 on Metro buses and $4 on the Diamond Harbour Ferry. You may be requested to present ID as proof of age to access this concession with cash.