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Here’s what changed for Wellington city and its suburbs on Sunday 15 July 2018:

A new bus network for Wellington city

Wellington city has a more connected bus network with new routes and timetables, giving you more choice about when and where to travel. Learn more about the changes.

Plan your journey:

Snapper your way around North Wellington

From Sunday 15 July 2018 Snapper is the only card accepted on all Metlink public and school buses in the Wellington region. If you have a Mana/Newlands card, Metlink will provide you with a free Snapper card, however if you want to pay with cash or use your SuperGold card you still can. 

Using a Snapper card is a convenient and cheaper way to pay your bus fare – you’ll pay at least 25% more using cash.

If you already have a Snapper card you can use it on Metlink buses anywhere in the Wellington region from Sunday 15 July 2018. If you don’t have an existing card, you can buy a Snapper card for RRP $10 from a Snapper retailer or online by visiting the Snapper website (external link) .

If you have a Mana/Newlands card

If you have a Mana/Newlands card we want to make changing to Snapper as easy as possible for you, so we’ll give you a new replacement Snapper card for free. Read more about how to get your free replacement Snapper card.

Transfer at no extra cost between all Metlink buses with Snapper

You can now transfer at no extra cost between all Metlink buses (within 30 minutes of tagging off, the final fare you pay will be based on the number of zones you travel on your entire journey, even if you have to catch more than one bus) anywhere in the Wellington region. You’ll have to use Snapper to pay, not cash.

This new type of transfer using a Snapper card is only available on Metlink services and excludes Metlink after-midnight services.

There are no other changes to the way you use Snapper and if you’ve already got a Snapper card, you’re sorted. Read more about Snapper for all Metlink buses.

Getting around Wellington city on your SuperGold card

If you have a SuperGold card, you still get to hop on the bus or train and get around Wellington city just as you do now for free between 9am and 3pm and after 6.30pm weekdays, and all day weekends and public holidays. If you travel during peak periods you still need to pay the adult fare.

Find out more about travelling on your SuperGold card.

Attention all cyclists

We've introduced bike racks on our new Metlink bus fleet and by 2019 all Metlink buses will carry bike racks. Please note each bus is only able to safely store two bikes per bus, so it’s on a first in, first served basis. For more information check out our bike racks on buses.

Improving Metlink rail services across the region

From Sunday 15 July 2018, there is a new rail timetable with increased off-peak services on the Hutt Valley and Kāpiti lines. We have rejigged our bus timetables so you don’t have to rush or wait too long when catching a connecting bus or train.

Hutt Valley Line (HVL) and Kāpiti Line (KPL) – More frequent trains on weekdays between 9am and 3pm, with a train every 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes on the Hutt Valley and Kāpiti lines. We have also made small improvements to timetables for peak rail services and we have reworked bus timetables for connections with the new rail timetable.

Johnsonville Line (JVL) – There are minor changes to departure times at some stations:

  • Inbound journeys depart one minute earlier from Raroa, and one minute later from Awarua Street and Crofton Downs
  • Outbound journeys depart one minute later from Crofton Downs

Wairarapa Line (WRL) – On Sunday 15 July 2018, minor changes were made to the Wairarapa Line (WRL) rail timetable and bus timetables for routes 200 and 204 were changed for connections with the new rail timetable:

  • 10.44am train from Masterton to Wellington leaves 14 minutes earlier, departing at 10.30am
  • 12.55pm service from Wellington leaves 10 minutes earlier, departing at 12.45pm

A better public transport network for the Wellington region

These changes are part of improvements to public transport across the region, including rejigging timetables for better connections between buses and trains, introducing Snapper for all Metlink buses, planet-friendly buses and simpler fares with new discounts.

Wellington City bus network maps:

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Geographical bus route map

View the Wellington City bus route map (geographical)

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Schematic bus route map

View the Wellington City bus route map (schematic)

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