Public holidays & events

Travelling on public holidays


Off-peak fares apply on public holidays, except when using cash. Normal fares (including peak fares) apply on non-public holidays over the Christmas and New year period, even though services run reduced timetables. 

Tickets & fares

Buses replacing trains

Public holidays and weekends are often used to complete important maintenance on the rail network.

Buses replacing trains

Ticket offices

Metlink train ticket offices follow their Sunday opening hours on public holidays. Special hours apply over the holiday period.

Ticket outlets

Metlink Service Centre

The Metlink Service Centre operates on public holidays. Special hours apply over the holiday period.

Contact us & Opening hours


On public holidays, trains, buses and ferries will follow a Sunday timetable except:

  • When ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day falls on a Saturday, a Saturday timetable will operate
  • When ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day falls on a weekend the public holiday takes place the following Monday and a Sunday timetable will operate
  • Christmas and New Year holiday period has a special timetable, and will be available online from early December each year.
Public Holiday Date Timetable in effect
Wellington Anniversary Day Monday 24 January (observed) Sunday timetable
Waitangi Day Monday 7 February 2022 Sunday timetable
Good Friday Friday 15 April 2022 Sunday timetable
Easter Sunday Sunday 17 April 2022 Sunday timetable
Easter Monday Monday 18 April 2022 Sunday timetable
Anzac Day Monday 25 April 2022 Sunday timetable
Queen's Birthday Monday 6 June 2022 Sunday timetable
Labour Day Monday 24 October 2022 Sunday timetable
Christmas/New Year Dates vary Special timetable applies


School holidays

In general, school services do not run during school holidays. Child concessions will still work for child fares during school holidays. For details on your school's bus service, check the timetable or see the Schools guide.

Schools guide

Events & extra services

Sometimes we have to detour bus routes for events

Large outdoor events often require bus routes to detour and some bus stops to close temporarily. Service alerts will notify you of current and upcoming detours for events. 

Detours & closures

Large events sometimes have extra services

Large events will sometimes work with Metlink to get extra bus or train services so that more people can catch public transport to or from the event. Event services are not displayed online the same way as regular timetables and trips, so the journey planner and real time departures won't show the extra services. Extra services will be published in service alerts, and usually are posted on our social media accounts. See the Train tickets page for information about Event train tickets. 

See service alerts(external link)

Extra Metlink services for large public events

Large public events that could overwhelm local traffic or regular bus capacity should contact the Metlink Service Centre for more information about requesting extra public services for the event. Even if we aren't able to add extra services, we'll be sure to let our customers in the area know to expect delays and busy services. 

Metlink does not book or manage charter services for private or small events or for group travel. Contact our operators directly to request a private charter.

Last published: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:52 PM