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).

You can get discounted travel on Orbus with a Bee Card.

Services are frequent throughout the day.

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

 

How does it work?

Start by purchasing a Bee Card from:

DUNEDIN

  • University Bookshop, 378 Great King St
  • Your bus driver – CASH ONLY (no eftpos or credit)
  • Dunedin City Council, Customer Service Centres and libraries
  • Otago Regional Council offices: 70 Stafford St or 144 Rattray street, corner of Princes, level 2.

QUEENSTOWN

  • ORC office at Terrace Junction, 1092 Frankton Road

The Bee Card is a one-off cost of $5.

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

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

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 five minutes before the scheduled time. When you see the bus driving toward the stop with the correct number, hail the driver (wave or raise your hand).

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 on a real time tracking programme that will show the exact location of your bus.

Get on the bus, and hold your Bee Card against the ticketing machine scanner and wait for the beep.

If you don't have a Bee Card, you can get one from the driver, or pay for the fare with cash. 

You can also talk to the driver about where to get off.

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). 

Don't forget to thank the driver!!

tag off

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