Paying your bus fare
Bus fares can be purchased with a Snapper card, cash, or a pass. If you are a regular Metlink bus customer using a Snapper card is likely to be the most cost-effective option for getting around the Wellington region by bus. Transfers at no extra cost, Tertiary and Accessible concessions, and Off-peak fares are are only available when using Snapper.
Child fares (aged 5-15) are 50% of the adult fare and can be purchased with cash, or a Child concession can be loaded onto a Snapper card. Children under 5 years old travel for free. SuperGold cardholders travel for free during off-peak.
After Midnight bus services have set fares, which can be paid with cash, Snapper or using a SuperGold card.
If you are visiting Wellington or will spend the day travelling around, we recommend a Metlink Explorer day pass, which can be purchased on board any bus or train. If you commute to the city by bus at peak times, a 30-day bus pass may be the best option for you. 30-day bus passes can be loaded to your Snapper card, but exclude some services.
Each ticket type has its own terms and conditions.
Snapper is a stored value card that you use to 'tag' on and off buses, which is cheaper than using cash. You can transfer to your next bus at no extra cost, as long as you're within 30 minutes of tagging off and then on again, for up to 5 Metlink buses.
Purchase a Snapper card online(external link), or visit a Snapper retailer(external link) to buy a card and top up your balance. The balance on your Snapper card doesn't expire, so feel free to top up your card well ahead of your journey.
No discounts or concessions on cash fares
Child fares can be purchased with cash. Tertiary and Accessible fares do not apply to cash fares, and will be charged the full adult fare. Free transfers and off-peak fares do not apply to cash fares, and will be charged the full adult fare. We recommend using Snapper or a Metlink Explorer day pass if you are catching multiple services.
After Midnight fares
Child, Accessible, and Tertiary fares don't apply to after midnight fares. SuperGold cardholders ride free on after midnight bus services. If you have a Metlink Explorer day pass, show the driver your pass.
Kāpiti Combo tickets
There are no one-way combo tickets. Kāpiti Combo tickets can only be purchased with cash on-board the bus. Child, Accessible, and Tertiary concessions do not apply to Kāpiti Combo tickets.
Last published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:34 PM