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Dunedin bus fares
Queenstown bus fares
Queenstown ferry fares
Community Connect
Frequently asked questions

 

At a glance; the 1 May 2024 bus fare changes for those with a registered Bee Card. 

  • Children under five are still free.
  • Fares for children 5-12 years: FREE (with correctly registered Bee Card).
  • Fares for youth 13-18 years: Dunedin $1.20, Queenstown $1.50 per one-way trip.
  • Fares for adults 19+: Dunedin and Queenstown: $2 per one way trip.
  • No change to the free off-peak concessions for SuperGold card holders ($2 during peak times with a registered Bee Card, free fares off peak).
  • No change for Community Services Card holders (half price adult fares with a registered Bee Card).
  • Cash fares for those aged 13+: $3 Dunedin, $4 Queenstown, $10 Queenstown airport.

Half price fares for ages 5-24 are ending due to the government's decision to stop funding these subsidies. The Otago Regional Council voted to continue funding free fares for children aged 5-12. 

Bus fares

Adult (25+) fares are $2 with a REGISTERED Bee Card in Dunedin and Queenstown.

To access your concession, you must register your Bee Card. It’s easy to register — just provide your name, date of birth and address.

You can go to an ORC office or a Bee Card retailer to buy a Bee Card, or ask your bus driver to purchase one. You can also order a Bee Card online. remember to register it by going online here.

 

 

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Dunedin bus fares

You can only use cash or a Bee Card to pay for your bus fare. Bank and credit cards cannot be used on buses.

 

Bus fares

Infant (under 5 years)

 Free

Child (5–12 years)

Free when you tag on with your registered Bee Card
 

Cash Fare

Card Fare (Bee Card must be registered)

Youth (13–18 years)

$3

$1.20

Youth Plus (19–24 years)

$3

$2

Adult (25 +)

$3

$2

Community Connect

$3

$1

SuperGold (65 +)

$3

$2 peak, free off-peak

 

5–12 years with Bee Card — FREE fares

If you’re aged 5–12 years, you travel free on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card online and must tag on and tag off. 

 

13–18 years with Bee Card — $1.20c fares

If you’re aged 13–18 years, you will pay $1.20 per trip on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card and remember to tag on and tag off.

 

19–24 years with Bee Card — $2 fares

If you’re aged 19–24 years, you will pay $2 per trip on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card and remember to tag on and tag off.

 

25+ years with Bee Card — $2 adult fares

If you’re aged 25–64 years, you will pay $2 per trip on the bus. You must have a Bee Card and tag on and tag off to access this concession.

 

SuperGold Card holders with Bee Card — FREE off-peak and $2 peak fares

Your SuperGold free off-peak concession will continue to apply on the bus (from 9am-3pm, after 6:30pm and on weekends). On-peak bus travel is $2 per trip. You must have a registered Bee Card and remember to tag on and off to access the concessions.

SuperGold Card holder concessions

 

In all cases

  • Cash fares for 13+ are $3 per trip
  • Concessions are with a REGISTERED Bee Card ONLY
  • If you’re aged 5+ and you tag on and off with your unregistered Bee Card, you pay $2 per trip
  • Bus transfers remain the same
  • Children under five years still travel free and don’t need a Bee Card

 

Queenstown bus fares

You can only use cash or a Bee Card to pay for your bus fare. Bank and credit cards cannot be used on buses.

 

Bus fares

Infant (under 5 years)

 Free

Child (5–12 years)

Free when you tag on with your registered Bee Card
 

Cash Fare

Card Fare (Bee Card must be registered)

Youth (13–18 years)

$4

$1.50

Youth Plus (19–24 years)

$4

$2

Adult (25 +)

$4

$2

Community Connect

$4

$1

SuperGold (65 +)

$4

$2 peak, free off-peak

Queenstown Airport
 

Cash Fare

Card Fare (Bee Card must be registered)

Adults $10

$2

SuperGold (65+) $10 $2 peak, free off-peak
Child (5-12 years) $8 Free when you tag on with your registered Bee Card
Youth (13-18 years

$8

$1.50
Youth Plus (19-24 years) $10 $2

 

5–12 years with Bee Card — FREE fares

If you’re aged 5–12 years, you travel free on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card online and must tag on and tag off.

 

13–18 years with Bee Card — $1.50 fares

If you’re aged 13–18 years, you will pay $1.50 per trip on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card and remember to tag on and tag off.

 

19–24 years with Bee Card — $2 fares

If you’re aged 19–24 years, you will pay $2 per trip on the bus. You must have registered your Bee Card and remember to tag on and tag off.

 

25+ years with Bee Card — $2 adult fares

If you’re aged 25–64 years, you will pay $2 per trip on the bus. You must have a Bee Card and tag on and tag off to access this concession.

 

SuperGold Card holders with Bee Card — FREE off-peak and $2 peak fares

Your SuperGold free off-peak concession will continue to apply on the bus (from 9am-3pm, after 6:30pm and on weekends). On-peak bus travel is $2 per trip.

You must have a registered Bee Card and remember to tag on and off to access the concessions.

SuperGold Card holder concession

 

In all cases

  • Cash fares for 13+ are $4 per trip (except for Airport at $10 per trip)
  • Concessions are with a REGISTERED Bee Card ONLY
  • If you’re aged 5+ and you tag on and off with your unregistered Bee Card, you pay $2 per trip
  • Bus transfers remain the same
  • Children under five years still travel free and don’t need a Bee Card.

 

Queenstown ferry fares

 

 

Bank card fare

Bee Card fare

Infant (under 5 years)

 Free Free (no card required)

Child (5–12 years)

$14 $10

Youth (13–18 years)

$14

$10

Youth Plus (19 24 years)

$14

$10

Adult (25 +)

$14

$10

Community Connect

$14

$10

SuperGold (65 +)

$14

$10

Please note there are no concessions on the ferry. 

 

Half-price fares for Community Connect with Bee Card


If you have a current Community Services Card, you will pay half-price fares on the bus.

Call us on 0800 ORBUSDN 0800 672 8736 or 0800 ORBUSQT 0800 672 8778 or use the fare finder

You must link your Community Services Card to your registered Bee Card and tag on and tag off to access this concession.

Community Connect concession

 

Frequently asked questions

 

Community Connect - Carry on getting half price bus fares in peak times when you register your Community Services Card on the Bee Card - Community Connect website.

You will pay $2 adult fares in peak times with a Bee Card. Cash fares differ between Queenstown and Dunedin please check table above.

Your free off peak travel concession will continue to apply.

Yes, Total Mobility journeys are also included and will have the additional discount applied on top of the current subsidy.

Total mobility information.

Bee Cards give you discounted travel.

You can go to an ORC office or a Bee Card retailer to buy a Bee Card, or ask your bus driver to purchase one. You can also order a Bee Card online. remember to register it by going online here.

A Bee Card costs $5. You need to top up with a minimum $5.

You don’t need a Bee Card to take the bus, but it is cheaper when you have one.

Find out more about Bee Card including where to buy a card

If tagging on with a Bee Card, you must tag off.

First time bus users, everything you need to about catching the bus.

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