If you catch the train to work or school everyday purchasing a monthly train pass or a 10-Trip ticket is likely to be the most cost-effective option for you.

To access reduced fares, including concessions, you will need to purchase the appropriate 10-Trip ticket for Off-peak, Child/School, Tertiary and Accessible concessions, or an adult or child monthly pass.

The terms and conditions of your ticket are included in the Conditions of Travel.

10-Trip tickets

Rail 10-Trip tickets are the equivalent of the Snapper base fare on buses – a single trip on a 10-Trip ticket costs the same as the equivalent Snapper fare on buses. You:

Note: Metlink rail tickets were changed to be zone based instead of station to station in July 2018. The window for a 10-trip ticket refund or swap to a new zone based ticket closed on 30 June 2019.

Rail 10-Trip tickets are used to deliver Off-Peak, Child, Tertiary and Accessible concessions for trains. There are four types of 10-Trip ticket and you will need to purchase the correct one to ensure you get the best fare for your journey:

Metlink Zone Adult Ten Ticket2

Adult 10-Trip

Can be used at any time for any rail journey between the two zones stated on the ticket, or a shorter trip within the zone range. This ticket is the equivalent of the Snapper base fare on buses. 
Metlink Zone Concession Ten Trip Ticket3

Concession 10-Trip

Provides a 50% discount on the equivalent Adult 10-Trip and is for use by school-aged children and those eligible for the Accessible Concession. 

Child Concession

There is a 50% discount for school-aged children, and children under five travel for free. 

Find out more about Child Concessions

Accessible Concession

There is a 50% discount for members of the Blind Foundation and Total Mobility cardholders.

To get the 50% discount you or someone else will need to buy a ticket before you get on board. The person buying the ticket does not need to show a Total Mobility Card or Blind Foundation ID card. A carer can travel with you for free.

You will need to show Metlink staff your Total Mobility Card or Blind Foundation ID card, if asked. 

For trains, there are two types of discounted tickets you can buy: a "Concession 10-Trip" ticket that is good for regular travel. The second type is a "Single Child Cash" ticket good for one-time trips. Single cash tickets cost more because cash tickets cost about 25% more per trip than 10-Trip tickets, and because cash fares are rounded up to the nearest 50c.

Find out more about Accessible Concessions

 

 Metlink Zone Offpeak Ten Trip Ticket2  

Off Peak 10-Trip

If your plans are flexible you can travel off-peak with a 25% discount - there is no off-peak discount on cash. Off-peak fares apply all weekend as well. Off-peak hours are:

  • 9:00am - 3:00pm and after 6:30pm weekdays
  • All day weekends and public holidays

If you catch the train during these hours, your trip is charged at off-peak rates if you use valid off-peak 10-Trip concession tickets. So if you start your trip before 3:00pm and finish your trip after 3:00pm you still only pay off-peak fares. 

Off-peak fares do not apply to cash fares or if you are travelling on another discount including child, tertiary student and accessible.

 Metlink Zone Tertiary Ten Trip Ticket2  

Tertiary 10-Trip

If you are a full-time tertiary student you can buy a Tertiary 10-Trip by showing your valid student ID with a sticker attached from your Tertiary Education Organisation and receive a 25% discount.

When travelling on the Tertiary Concession you will need to keep your valid student ID handy and show it to Metlink staff if requested. Your concession will remain valid as long as you meet the eligibility conditions for Tertiary Concession.

Find out more about Tertiary Concessions

Number of zones travelled

Adult

Child

Off-Peak

Tertiary 
Concession

Accessible 
Concession

1

$17.10

$8.60

$12.80

$12.80

$8.60

2

$28.10

$14.10

$21.10

$21.10

$14.10

3

$37.40

$18.70

$28.10

$28.10

$18.70

4

$42.00

$21.00

$31.50

$31.50

$21.00

5

$51.30

$25.70

$38.50

$38.50

$25.70

6

$65.20

$32.60

$48.90

$48.90

$32.60

7

$74.00

$37.00

$55.50

$55.50

$37.00

8

$82.70

$41.40

$62.00

$62.00

$41.40

9

$93.30

$46.70

$70.00

$70.00

$46.70

10

$102.60

$51.30

$77.00

$77.00

$51.30

11

$117.40

$58.70

$88.10

$88.10

$58.70

12

$126.20

$63.10

$94.70

$94.70

$63.10

13

$139.20

$69.60

$104.40

$104.40

$69.60

14

$148.30

$74.20

$111.20

$111.20

$74.20

MonthlyPlus pass

Metlink Zone Monthly Plus Bus Ticket2 Metlink Zone Child Monthly Plus Bus Ticket3
Example of an Adult MonthlyPlus pass Example of a Child MonthlyPlus pass

If you catch the train to and from Wellington Station everyday MonthlyPlus Rail passes are likely to be the most cost effective option for your travel - and you can use these on Metlink buses within the zones specified on the pass. 

These passes can be used for:

  • Metlink train trips to and from Wellington Railway station between zone 1 and the outer zone printed on the ticket. There is no Zone 1 to 3 version of the MonthlyPlus for Ngauranga or Johnsonville - you'll need to buy a Rail Monthly pass (see below), or a 30-day Bus pass.
  • Metlink bus services within zone 4 and the outer zone printed on the ticket. You can use it on buses from zone 4 to the outer zone on the ticket at any time, and not just to a railway station. Just show the bus driver your MonthlyPlus pass. (Metlink MonthlyPlus passes cannot be used for bus travel within zones 1 to 3 in Wellington city or Johnsonville.)
  • Metlink school buses within zone 4 and the outer zone printed on the ticket. For Child MonthlyPlus passes only. (This pass doesn't include bus travel within zones 1 to 3 in Wellington city or Johnsonville.) 

Passes are issued for a calendar month and are available as Adult and Child. You need to show Metlink on-board train staff or the bus driver your pass on request - it will be clipped by train staff the first time you use it on a train.

Monthly passes can be purchased from railway station ticket offices or retailers and you can also purchase your monthly pass online (up to the 20th of each month) and it will be delivered to your letterbox.

What zone to buy

Choose the zone where you board your first Metlink service.

  • If you catch a bus from home to the train station, choose the zone where you catch the bus
  • If you don't catch a bus from home to the train station - you like to walk, drive, bike, scoot, ride-share or park and ride instead - choose the zone where you catch the train.

Please be aware that passes cannot be used on:

  • Bus routes 81, 83, 84 and 85x in Lower Hutt, Eastbourne and Wellington city
  • After midnight services
  • Bus route 60 and 60e within zones 1 to 3 in Wellington city and Johnsonville
  • Non-Metlink bus services (80, 90, 91, 92, 93)
Zones travelled Adult Child
Zones 1 to 3 (not available) There is no MonthlyPlus option - you need a Rail Monthly pass
Zones 1 to 4 $126.00 $63.00
Zones 1 to 5 $153.90  $77.10
Zones 1 to 6 $195.60  $97.80 
Zones 1 to 7 $222.00 $111.00
Zones 1 to 8 $248.10 $124.20
Zones 1 to 9 $279.90 $140.10
Zones 1 to 10 $307.80 $153.90
Zones 1 to 11 $352.20 $176.10
Zones 1 to 12 $378.60 $189.30
Zones 1 to 13 $417.60 $208.80
Zones 1 to 14 $444.90 $222.60

There are no further discounts on MonthlyPlus passes.

Surcharges or minimum fares are payable if you travel on a Wairarapa Line service from Wellington Station during the afternoon peak, and disembark in the Hutt Valley. Find out more.

Rail Monthly passes

Metlink Zone Monthly Ticket Metlink Zone Monthly Intermediate Ticket3 Metlink Zone Child Monthly Intermediate Ticket

If you don't travel to and from Wellington Railway station but are a regular train commuter or you catch the train between Zones 1 and 3 this is the monthly pass option for you.

This pass is only valid for train travel and you can't use it on Metlink bus services.

Available for travel every day (including weekends) between zones specified on the ticket and offer a saving of up to almost 40% and no further discounts apply. Passes are issued for a calendar month and are available as Adult and Child. You need to show Metlink on-board staff your pass on request - it will be clipped at the start of each month.

Monthly passes can be purchased from railway station ticket offices or retailers and you can also purchase your monthly pass online (up to the 20th of each month) and it will be delivered to your letterbox.

To calculate the number of zones travelled use the Journey Planner or the timetable for your service or toggle on the zone boundaries on the map on the homepage. 

Number of zones travelled Adult Child
1 $51.30 $25.80
2 $84.30 $42.30
3 $112.30 $56.10
4 $126.00 $63.00
5 $153.90 $77.10
6 $195.60 $97.80
7 $222.00 $111.00
8 $248.10 $124.20
9 $279.90 $140.10
10 $307.80 $153.90
11 $352.20 $176.10
12 $378.60 $189.30
13 $417.60 $208.80
14 $444.90 $222.60

There are no additional discounts e.g. Tertiary concession on Monthly passes as they are already heavily discounted

Surcharges or minimum fares are payable if you travel on a Wairarapa Line service from Wellington Station during the afternoon peak, and disembark in the Hutt Valley. Find out more.

Cash

If you don't catch the train often you can pay by cash. You can buy a single fare ticket from railway station ticket offices, or on-board the train. Children travel at 50% of the Adult cash fare. Please try to have the correct fare as our train staff don't carry a lot of change. 

If you pay by cash and travel from Wellington Station in the afternoon peak on a Wairarapa Line service and disembark in the Hutt Valley, you must pay a minimum fare of 8 zones or $10.50. 

You can find out the cost of your train trip by using our Journey Planner  or the fare zones page.

SuperGold card

supergoldYou travel for free with your SuperGold card during off-peak hours:

- 9:00am - 3:00pm and after 6:30pm weekdays
- All day weekends and public holidays

During peak hours you will need to pay the full adult fare. If you are travelling by train a 10-Trip ticket is the most cost-effective option or Snapper on Metlink buses.

SuperGold is a New Zealand government initiative for over 65s. Find out more about SuperGold (external link) .

Getting to and from school by train

We don't offer school rail passes any more. If your child catches the train to school they should use a Child Rail Monthly, a Child MonthlyPlus or Concession 10-trips to pay for travel.

Event ticket

Going to Westpac Stadium for rugby, football or cricket or another specified event? Catch the train to Wellington Station, walk up the ramps and you are there. Metlink Event tickets give you a return journey to and from Wellington Station.

You can purchase return Event tickets from ticket offices at the railway stations or on the train (cash only - correct change appreciated). You can buy single Event tickets from staff at the barriers to the railway station. 

Zones travelled Type Adult Child
1 to 3 Single $4.00 $2.00
1 to 3 Return $8.00 $4.00
1 to 10 Single $8.00 $4.00
1 to 10 Return $16.00 $8.00

You can only use Event tickets on the day of the specified event until 1:15am the following morning. Not all events in Wellington city qualify for Event tickets. Check the Service Updates to see if your event is covered. Event tickets are train only!

Metlink Explorer

If you are a visitor to Wellington or just want to get out and about around the region for a day, Metlink Explorer gives you unlimited train and bus journeys for a day within the zones your ticket covers. 

For example, the Zone 1 - 14 Metlink Explorer pass will get you to the Wairarapa and back! Even better, you can take a child aged 5 to 15 years with you for free.

You can use it after 9:00am* during the week and all-day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.  You can purchase Metlink Explorer tickets from bus drivers, railway station ticket offices and on Metlink trains. You can use credit cards or EFTPOS at the stations but on-board buses and trains it is cash only.

*If you're travelling to the Wairarapa, you are able to use the Metlink Explorer on the 8:21am train from Wellington to Masterton before 9:00am. 

For travel within zones  Fare
Zones 1 to 3 $10.00
Zones 1 to 7 $15.00
Zones 1 to 10 $20.00
Zones 1 to 14 $25.00

You can use Metlink Explorer on After Midnight bus services but not on the harbour ferries or cable car.