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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Auckland Region > Auckland > Local transport


Local transport

Auckland’s public transport system is made up of buses, trains and ferries. Auckland’s transport system is rather disorganised, but it is currently being re-branded as MAXX Regional Transport (tel (09) 366 6400 or 0800 103 080), which is intended to introduce some consistency between bus, ferry and train routes.


The bus is the most convenient way for most travellers to get around the city.
There are around six different bus companies operating in the Auckland area, but Stagecoach Auckland (tel 0800 STAGECOACH) is the main bus operator.

Bus fares start at 50c for a short hop in the city centre and go up to $9.70.
There are only a few routes that are useful to the average backpacker. These include the bus routes running up and down Queen Street and the Link bus. The Link bus operates a circular route taking in all the main inner-city neighbourhoods including Parnell, Newmarket, Karangahape Road and Ponsonby. You can catch The Link on Queen Street in the city centre. Each ride is $1.60. Link buses run every 10 minutes during weekdays and every 20 minutes on week nights and weekends.

Although the Link bus is a good value way to get out to Parnell, Newmarket or Ponsonby, if you just want to go up and down Queen Street it is cheaper to hop on a regular (not a Link) bus, as this will cost you just 50c.

Another popular bus service is the free City Circle bus that runs around the city centre every 10 minutes linking Viaduct Harbour, Sky City and Auckland University.


There are frequent ferry services departing from the wharf behind the Ferry Building on Quay Street in downtown Auckland. Fullers Ferries (tel (09) 367 9111) run affordable commuter services to Devonport and Waiheke Island. The ferry journey to Devonport is a popular day trip and costs $5.20 each way or $9 return.


Veolia Transport run a fairly extensive suburban rail network that is centred on the new Britomart station at the bottom of Queen Street. The most useful train route is the short hop between Britomart and Newmarket stations. Fares range from $1.40 to $9.10 for a single journey.


There are several travel passes available that are good value for travellers who rely a lot on public transport. These passes include:

Auckland Discovery Day Pass

This bus service is valid for unlimited travel on the five major bus companies, plus trains and Fuller’s inner-harbour ferries between 5am on the day of purchase and 4.59am the following morning. It covers a large area that encompasses the suburban area and outlying towns, but doesn’t include travel to Waiheke Island. This pass costs $13.


This pass is good for one day unlimited travel on Go West, Link, North Star and Stagecoach buses and ferry services to the North Shore. This pass costs $11.

3-Day Rover

This is essentially the same as the Aucklandpass, but it is valid for three consecutive days. It costs $25.


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