Fares

See also: regional bus fares (other urban services), BUSIT card, 60+ card, SuperGold card, child bus pass

Fare changes effective 1 January, 2014

Waikato Regional Council has decided against an across-the-board fare annual increase on its bus services. However, prices will rise on three regional services in the New Year.

The fare rises will be effective from 1 January 2014 for people travelling on the Northern Connector and Pukekohe services outside the Hamilton city boundary, and the Taupo Connector.

In Hamilton, the cost will be reduced for a City Explorer ticket, when purchased with a BUSIT card. An adult City Explorer fare will drop from $7.35 to $6.30, while a child’s fare will drop from $5.25 to $4.50. The price drop means it will be cheaper to purchase a City Explorer on the BUSIT card if you’re planning to do three or more trips a day.

For more information see:

Hamilton city bus fares effective 1 January, 2014

From 1 January, 2014  the cost of a City Explorer ticket, when purchased with a BUSIT card, will be reduced.  An adult City Explorer fare will drop from $7.35 to $6.30, while a child’s fare will drop from $5.25 to $4.50. The price drop means it will be cheaper to purchase a City Explorer on the BUSIT card if you’re planning to do three or more trips a day.

  Cash fareBUSIT card
Adult  $3.30  $2.40
Child  $2.20  $1.70
60+ BUSIT card
 N/A  $1.70
Adult City Explorer  $7.90  $6.30
Child City Explorer  $5.80  $4.50

Free bus travel is provided to SuperGold card holders from 9am - 3.00pm and then again from 6.30pm until the end of service, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday and public holidays. Find out more here.

One hour free travel

Purchase a single one way ticket on any Hamilton urban bus and get unlimited free transfers onto another urban bus within one hour of the original ticket purchase time. Remember to hold onto your ticket to redeem your free transfers.

Child fares

  • Children under 5 years travel free.
  • Child fares apply to children aged 5-14 and to year 9-13 students with approved school ID, or when in school uniform.

Child bus passes are available for children who no not have the usual formal ID required. Find out more.

Take advantage of our saver fares

BUSIT card

For regular bus users, the BUSIT card (excluding the 60+ card) is a pre-paid card that can be used on all urban routes and also on the Cambridge, Huntly, Raglan, Taupō, Te Awamutu and Paeroa/Morrinsville services. You can purchase and top up your BUSIT card at the Transport Centre on the corner of Bryce and Anglesea Streets, Hamilton. The driver can also top up your BUSIT card for you.

City Explorer

The City Explorer fare allows for unlimited bus trips per person within the Hamilton city boundary. Travel is valid on the day of issue and up until 3.30 am the following day.

The City Explorer is available for adults and children on BUSIT cards and as a cash ticket.

60+ BUSIT card

You can use your 60+ card on urban Hamilton routes at any time. Discounts apply at off-peak times. At peak times, normal BUSIT fares apply.

  • Off-peak times apply to travel between 9 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday, and all day on weekends and public holidays.
  • Peak times apply to travel before 9 am and after 3 pm Monday to Friday.

SuperGold cards can also be used during off-peak times on most services. Find out more.

Need help?

Our friendly team at the Transport Centre are available at the BUSIT counter from 8 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday to help you with your journey.

Regional bus fares (other urban services)

Fares for regional services differ from Hamilton city fares. Go to the relevant service's page:

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