BUS 101 - Everything you need to know to get around town on the bus.

The bus system is called Orbus and it services most of Dunedin (including Mosgiel and Palmerston) and Queenstown (including Arrowtown). Services are frequent throughout the day.

In Dunedin they are connected via the Bus Hub located on Great King Street, near the tertiary precinct.

From September, you can get discounted travel with a Bee Card. It launches in Dunedin on September 1 and in Queenstown on September 15. 

If you're coming to Dunedin to watch a concert or attend another event, click here for some tips. 


How does it work?

Start by purchasing a Bee Card from:


  • University Bookshop, 378 Great King St
  • Your bus driver – CASH ONLY (no eftpos or credit)
  • Dunedin City Council, Customer Service Centre in the Octagon or Mosgiel
  • Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford St or 144 Rattray street


  • ORC office at Terrace Junction, 1092 Frankton Road
  • Stanley Street ticket hut, downtown. 

The Bee Card is a one-off cost of $5, although until about October 2020 cards are free from these retailers.

After that, every time you top up you must put a minimum of $5 on the card.

It’s a small investment to get some seriously cheap fares.

You can also pick up a pocket-size fold-out map with the entire network and route frequency. 

There are benefits to registering a Bee Card such as topping up online. Find out more here 

Plan your journey. Click here to see routes or tap in your location to get the best results. You can also use Apple Maps to see which buses suit your journey, or Google maps or Moovit, a travel planning app.

Head to your nearest stop and be ready a couple of minutes before the scheduled time. When you see the bus arrive with the correct number hail the driver and hop on.

Don’t worry if the bus doesn’t have an Orbus logo. If your bus number and destination is on the bus, that’s the one you want.

Don’t forget, conditions such as traffic, accidents and weather (even other passengers) can all affect the bus service, so at times they may be late. We are working a tracking programme that will show the exact location of your bus.

Get on the bus, and tap your Bee Card on the ticketing machine scanner as you enter the bus and wait for the beep.
You can also talk to the driver about your destination.

When your stop is coming up, press one of the red buttons near your seat to signal the driver you want to get off. Try to press it after the last stop, instead of just before your stop so the driver has time to slow down and indicate.

Tag your Bee Card off as you depart (at the front or back off the bus). 

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