Orbus Under Alert Level 2

In Dunedin, where we’ve run a version of the weekend timetable during the lockdown, the move to Alert Level 2 means we are going back to the usual, pre-COVID-19 timetable and frequency as of Thursday May 14th.

In Queenstown, under COVID-19 our timetable wasn’t very different from the usual timetable so we’re sticking to this for now, including continuing to run the extension to Sunshine Bay, and the stop at Hanleys Farm.


Both networks

Distancing measures will still be in place and buses remain free across both networks.

We’re working with operators to support safe distancing on buses. You might see stickers and posters helping direct you where to sit when you’re on the bus.

Under Alert Level 2, we expect to move more passengers around as folks return to work and school. To ensure safe distancing on buses, there will be less capacity on public transport services and your usual bus could be full. The capacity on most buses, will be limited to 40% of normal seated capacity – or around 25% of normal total capacity, with standing passengers not permitted under Level 2.

Tracking your travel will be even more important now. Keep track of when you catch the bus – date, time and route no. You can fill in our online form keep your own diary, take a photo of the bus as it arrives or text a mate each time you travel.


Please be considerate by following these guidelines:

  • Unless you are traveling with a bubble buddy, keep the seat next to you free. 
  • Please try to keep a 2m distance when queuing for the bus.
  • We’re still fare free under Alert Level 2 to ensure there is no contact between passengers and drivers.
  • Please continue to enter/exit via the rear doors.
  • If you can, please travel off peak to help spread the load.


Thank You

We’d like to thank passengers and students (and their parents) for filling in the travel registration forms. This will help us support the medical authorities to contact trace if we need to.

Finally, we would also like to thank passengers for being kind to each other and to our amazing drivers who have kept the bus service going.


Find your timetable

Online timetables are up to date so you can plan your journey online. You can also call our customer experience team.

Orbus Queenstown timetable

Orbus Dunedin timetable


Staying informed

We encourage you to keep up to date on developments via our facebook pages, customer service centres, or by emailing us at transport@orc.govt.nz




If you have other questions about the service, click here to access our FAQS.

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