Buses in Auckland City

Getting around the city centre, to the suburbs and Auckland Airport
20 September, 2018

Auckland Transport 's AT Metro integrated public transport network makes bus travel around the city quicker and easier.

The Link bus service connects the city centre and inner suburbs, local networks get people to and from North, South, East and West Auckland, and services run frequently between the city centre and the airport as well as New Zealand's regional centres.

Link Bus Services - city centre and inner suburbs

The Link comes in three different forms: 

  • The CityLink 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. 
  • The InnerLink 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 OuterLink 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 TāmakiLink is bright blue and from Britomart along Tamaki Drive to the St Heliers Bay shops and then via St Heliers Bay Rd and Apriana Ave to Glen Innes train station. Destinations along the route include Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers.

Local Bus Networks - connecting the Auckland region

Buses are operated by private companies contracted to Auckland Transport, with NZ Bus (Metrolink, North Star, GO WEST and Waka Pacific), Go Bus, Ritchies/Murphy’s and Howick and Eastern among the providers.

Fares and AT HOP Cards

Fares can be paid using an AT HOP card or cash for single-trip paper tickets.

The AT Hop card is a reusable prepay smart card for travel on trains, ferries and buses around Auckland. Using the card will save you money on fares - at least 25% discount off single trip cash bus, train and ferry fares (excludes NiteRider and SkyBus bus services and Waiheke ferry services). 

Discounts and concessions are available for day and monthly passes, and for children, students and accessible passengers. Senior citizens can travel for free on trains and selected bus and ferry services in Auckland, after 9am weekdays and all day weekends and public holidays with an AT HOP card loaded with a SuperGold public transport concession. See the AT website for more information about fares and discounts.

Fares are calculated based on how many zones you travel through, rather than how many buses or trains you take.

99c child weekend fares

With a registered AT HOP card, children aged 5 to 15 years pay just 99 cents for bus and train travel on weekends and public holidays.

You can make up to five bus or train trips over a four hour period across any number of fare zones with up to 30 minutes between each trip. Excludes SkyBus services.

For children under 5, bus and train travel is free when accompanied by a fare paying passenger.

If you or your kids already have registered AT HOP cards and your kids have child concessions loaded, you’re ready to go! Just tag on and off buses and trains as you do normally.

Night Buses 

From midnight to 3.40am the Night Bus and Northern Express are a great way to get home on a Friday or Saturday night out (early Saturday and Sunday mornings).

Buses leave via Customs St, Civic/St James, Victoria St, Queen St and K Rd - 12 services are delivered, going to North, South, East, Central and West suburbs.

Alcohol is not permitted on these services, space on board is subject to availability.

Normal bus fares apply - find out more about fares and zones here. AT HOP cards are accepted (tag on and tag off) on Night bus services.

Please note: Night bus services will not operate on the night of Christmas Day (ie early hours of Boxing Day) or Good Friday (ie early hours of the Saturday morning following Good Friday).

Bus travel to and from Auckland Airport

SkyBus is the airport transfer service operating between Auckland City and Auckland Airport, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including public holidays. The bus travels along Queen Street making it convenient if you are staying at central hotels and hostels. 

Buses run from the city to the airport and from the arport to the city every 10 minutes during peak times and it takes approximately 60 mins (please allow extra time for travel during peak times).

Prices start from $18 one way for an adult. AT HOP Cards are accepted for Adult $18 and Child $6 one way fares. Travellers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online or from selected city and Airport locations. Tickets are also available on board the bus from the driver in cash only.

Buses leave from bus stop 7060 at 380/396 Queen St (in the Midtown area). Connecting shuttles are available from select city centre locations, see the SkyBus website for more details. 

Find out more about the SkyBus service, including the full timetable.

You may also choose to travel by train to the Papatoetoe station then connect to a local service (380 Airporter or Route 31) for the remainder of the journey to the airport.