Buses in Auckland City

Getting around the city centre, to the suburbs and Auckland Airport
20 September, 2017

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. 

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. Auckland is divided into thirteen fare zones.  

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 out of Auckland

The InterCity buses depart from SKYCITY and the buses connect Auckland with North Island cities. Other providers offering travel in and out of Auckland include NakedBus and ManaBus, both of which operate from Quay Street.
 

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: every 15 minutes from 4am to 7am, every 10 minutes from 7am to 7.20pm, every 15 minutes from 7.35pm to 8.35pm and every 30 minutes from 9.05pm to 4am 
and from the Airport to the City: every 15 minutes from 4.45am to 7am, every 10 minutes 7am to 7pm, every 15 mintues from 7pm to 8.15pm, every 30 minutes from 8.45pm to 4.45am

Travel time between the city and airport takes between 45 minutes and an hour. 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. 

Travel time between the city and airport takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Please allow extra time for travel during peak times.