6 May, 2014

Auckland Transport and various companies are responsible for servicing the central city with buses. The Britomart Transport Centre is also a hub for buses in the booming downtown area. 

In July 2014 the fare change for buses, trains and ferries meant that adults who use the AT HOP card for their travel will receive a 20% discount off the single trip adult cash fare (excluding NiteRider, Airbus Express and Waiheke ferry services). Child and tertiary AT HOP users will also continue to receive discounts on most services, when compared to the equivalent cash fares. In contrast most cash fares for bus and train and some cash fares for ferry will increase (some AT HOP fares for ferries will also increase). 

Local buses operated by NZ Bus (formerly Stagecoach) include Waka Pacific, GO WEST, Metrolink, LINK, and North Star.

The LINK comes in three different forms and the Inner LINK and Outer LINK both travels clockwise and anti-clockwise. 

  • The City LINK is red and the easiest way to get around Auckland's CBD. It runs from Wynyard Quarter, along Queen St, up to K-Rd and then back down Queen Street. They run every 7-8 minutes between Monday and Saturday and every 10 minutes on Sundays and public holidays. The fare is $1.00 maximum adult and tertiary cash fare and 50c maximum child cash fare.
  • The Inner LINK is bright green and runs from the Britomart Train Station, out to Parnell, through Newmarket, along K-Rd, Ponsonby Rd, past Victoria Park and then back to Britomart via SkyCity. The Inner LINK runs every 10 minutes from 6.30am to 8.00pm and every 15 mins from 8.00pm to 11.00pm between Mondays and Fridays, every 15 mins from 6.30am to 11.00pm on Saturdays, and every 15 mins from 7.00am to 11.00pm on Sundays & public holidays. $2.50 maximum adult and tertiary cash fare and $1.50 maximum child cash fare. 
  • The Outer LINK is amber or bright orange and runs from Wellesley St, past the Universities, through Parnell, Newmarket, Epsom, Balmoral, Mt Eden, St Lukes, Mt Albert, out to the Meola Rd entrance to MOTAT, through Westmere, Herne Bay and then back to Wellesley St. The Outer LINK runs every 15mins from 6:30am to 11:00pm between Monday and Saturday, and every 15mins from 7:00am to 11:00pm on Sundays & public holidays. $2.50 or $4.50 maximum adult and tertiary cash fare and $1.50 or $2.50 maximum child cash fare.

The NiteRider 

The NiteRider is an easy way to get home after a Friday or Saturday night out.

NiteRider tickets, $4.50 (zone A), $6.50 (beyond zone A).
Routes operate from 1am to 3.40am (Sat and Sun mornings).
Buses leave via Lower Albert St, Civic/St James, top of Queen St and K Rd.
10 services which go via North, South, East, Central and West suburbs.

The InterCity buses depart from Sky City and the buses connect Auckland with North Island cities. There are approximately 46 scheduled arrivals and departures daily.

The Airbus Express departs every ten minutes from Britomart and Queen Street, in Auckland's CBD. For the locations and timings visit the Airbus Express website otherwise refer to this map on the right to plan your transfer. 

Ritchies bus services connect the central city with Helensville, North Shore, and West Auckland.

Howick & Eastern Buses also operate in the central city area and the AT Hop card can be used across all services. 

The AT Hop card can be loaded with credit, and in some cases allows for users to save on travel. There are also concessions on travel for students, and gold card users can travel for FREE on Auckland's scheduled public transport services after 9am weekdays, all day weekends and public holidays. The balance can be purchased or topped up at Britomart Transport Centre, online or at these Auckland locations.