While on the bus you can check emails, Facebook, read, listen to music, or just relax and clear your head without having to deal with traffic jams, road works or finding a car park.

Bus pulling into the terminal at nightWhy take the bus?

Taking the bus is an affordable way to travel and avoids the costs of petrol, car parking and maintaining your car. A zone one bus fare(external link) covers most of Christchurch city and gives you unlimited travel for two hours. With a Metrocard(external link) you can get unlimited trips within Christchurch so the more you travel, the more you save.

Taking the bus usually requires a little bit of walking to and from the nearest bus stop.

By taking the bus instead of driving a car you can help to reduce both local pollution and emissions that harm the global environment.

Plan your route

Plan your journey using Metro’s Journey Planner(external link). Just put in your starting location, destination and when you need to travel and the website will plan your entire journey. You can also see the full bus network map(external link) and timetables(external link) and find out when the next bus is due at your stop. For more help you can call Metroinfo on (03) 366 8855.

The cost of taking the bus depends on how many zones you go through. We recommend a Metrocard(external link) - it’s cheaper and easier than cash.  

If a bus stop seems too far to walk, why not ride a bike? You can take your bike on the bus so that you can use it at the other end of your trip. All buses have bike racks(external link) on the front.

The length of your journey will depend on where you are travelling from.  Metro’s Journey Planner(external link) can help you work out what time to get the bus and how long it will take, including getting to and from the bus stop.

Give it a go

Easy to use, quick bus tips to get you started:

  • When you’re waiting at a bus stop and see your bus approaching, step to the edge of the footpath and give the driver a friendly wave. This helps the driver to see you and know you want to get on.
  • If it’s dark and you have a mobile phone, turn the screen on your phone on and wave your phone at the driver.
  • When you get on the bus have your Metrocard or fare ready. Just place your Metrocard on the reader and the fare will be automatically deducted. If you don’t know how to use the Metrocard reader just ask the driver and they’ll be happy to show you how it works.
  • If you are travelling outside of Zone 1, tell the driver where you are heading to make sure you are charged the right fare.
  • If you don’t know the route or bus stop, ask the driver to let you know when you arrive.
  • When you are approaching your stop, press the red ‘Stop’ button on the bus. This lets the driver know you want to get off so you can stay seated until the bus has completely stopped.
  • Most buses have two doors and you can use either door to get off. Using the back door leaves the front door clear for people getting on; this can help other passengers to board and helps the bus stay on schedule. The front door, however, is lower and closer to the footpath, so if you find steps physically difficult use the front door.