Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQ

The Bee Card is a tag on tag off bus card that gives bus passengers cheaper fares in nine regions around New Zealand, including Otago. 

As well as an easy tag on tag off system, it also offers benefits such as setting up an online profile for topping up and the ability to manage multiple cards.

Click here for more information. 

Give us a call on 0800 ORBUSDN (0800 672 8736) or email

Make sure you follow the Facebook page here for news and major diversions, or here for all alerts. 

Alerts are also posted on our website 

Our holiday services are the same last year. Dunedin bus services do not operate on Christmas Day, and the service runs a public holiday schedule (the Sunday Schedule) on observed statutory holidays for Boxing days as well as on 1 and 2 January. You can see your timetable of intended travel by visiting the website, clicking on your route and inputting the date of travel. 

The Suburban Rumbler run by The Otago Heritage Bus Society will operate an hourly bus service on Christmas Day from St Clair via Octagon to Normanby and return, departing hourly from the St Clair terminus from 9 am to 6 pm and from Normanby at 30 minutes past the hour from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.

The service uses former Dunedin City Council buses restored and driven by the society's volunteers.

A single trip is a gold coin donation, or purchase an unlimited day pass at $10.

Contact Andy Langford, chairman 0210 652 374, if you have any questions.

Suburban Rumbler

Yes, there is free Wi-Fi on all of the buses.

To enjoy your SuperGold concession, you need to register your Bee Card at or get help from the Otago Regional Council to do so.

You will need your SuperGold card number and birthdate. 

SuperGold Card holders click here for more detailed information about free travel and your Bee Card, and how we can help you. 

Once it’s on there, you won’t need to show the driver your card. You just tag on and off, and the system will recognise your discount.

In Otago, there are only two concessions at the moment, and they are for SuperGolds and young people aged 5-18.

So, whether you are 17 or 70, if you are eligible for a concession, you must register the card to enjoy concessionary travel.


Yes, all urban buses in Dunedin and Queenstown have bike racks so you have more options for getting around town – and your bike travels for free.

Find out more here.

If you have lost something on the bus, you are advised to contact the bus operator directly. 

GoBus: 03 474 6655

Ritchies: 03 477 9238

If you are unsure of the operator, or had property damaged, call us on 0800 ORBUSDN (0800 672 8736).

Council has agreed to extend the $2 flat fares until the end of June 2021. They will review this again closer to the time. 

SuperGold free travel will end in February (with exact dates to be confirmed). For more information, click here.

Keep up to date on Facebook or the Bus Talk column. 

Check out the step by step process here with our 101 How to catch the bus?


Everything you need to know about the hub is here


Is my school bus run by ORC?

In accordance with the Regional Public Transport Plan 2014, we have been progressively phasing out Regional Council operated school services.

At the moment we are still operating the following school-specific services:

Travels from the Pine Hill terminus via Pine Hill Rd, Bank St, Great King St North, Cumberland St North (SH1), Dundas St, and Butts Rd to Logan Park High School.

Travels from Logan Park High School via Butts Rd, Dundas St, Lovelock Ave and Signal Hill Rd to Opoho terminus at corner of Signal Hill Rd and Northfield Ave. Then via Signal Hill Rd, Dundas St, Great King St North (SH1), Great King St North, Bank St, and Pine Hill Rd to the Pine Hill terminus. 

Travels from Dunedin North Intermediate via North Rd, Bank St and Pine Hill Rd to the Pine Hill terminus.

Leaves Bathgate Park School and travels via Macandrew Rd, then Surrey St to Queens High School gate, then via Bay View Rd to Kings High School gate, then via Bay View Rd, Kirkcaldy St, Macandrew Rd, Forbury Rd, Easther Cres, and Middleton Rd. Turns at Stenhope Cres terminus then travels via Middleton Rd, Corstorphone Rd, Riselaw Rd and South Rd to the Lookout Point terminus.

School students may be able to use the main network for school travel. For route planning check out the timetable, visit the journey planner or call the bus call centre on 03 474 0287.


For details of other school services run commercially by bus companies or arranged by schools themselves, please contact the bus company or school involved.

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