Get ready for the school holidays,

get a Bee Card

School holidays and Bee CardsIf you’re planning a few day trips with the kids in the holidays, consider taking the bus or ferry service (Queenstown only). Children love the bus and ferry making both a fun way to get around. And the Bee Card makes is easier and cheaper to go and explore!


Find out more about the bus service

  • Children under five travel free while adults only pay $2 anywhere across the Dunedin and Queenstown bus networks with a Bee Card.
  • Those aged 5 to 18 years only pay a concessionary $1.20 in Dunedin, or $1.50 in Queenstown when they register their Bee Card. 
  • Those with a SuperGold card registered Bee Card are eligible for free off-peak travel. You can use your Bee Card to pay for the grand kids – just top it up and then when you board the bus talk to the driver about using your card for everyone. 
  • Fours and under don’t need a card at all. They can just hop on with you and grab a seat.


Find out more about the ferry service

  • All children and adults pay $5 each way to travel on Queenstown Ferries with a Bee Card. There are no concession fares available for this service.
  • The ferries have limited luggage capacity. While travelling with us, you'll need to ensure you can carry your own luggage onboard and we recommend only 1-2 large items each for the comfort of yourself and other passengers. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact 
  • Foot passengers only, no cars.
  • The ferries are not accessible as standard, but if you email we will do our best to support any accessibility requirements. 
  • One bike can travel free with each fare-paying passenger. However, this is first in first served as there is limited capacity. Please understand we will do our best to support you and your bike getting across the lake the best we can. 
  • Scooters travel free with any fare-paying passenger on most services, subject to available space. As there is limited space please ensure you position your scooter safely and out of the way of other passengers. This is applicable for E or Person Powered scooters – not mopeds. 
  • Children’s strollers travel free with any fare-paying passenger, subject to available space. Please ensure you look out for the needs and space of other cliental during your journey. 
  • Dogs travel free with any fare-paying passenger. They do not have to be kept in a crate, cage or pet carrier – but we do require them to be on a lead.


What else you need to know

If it’s your first adventure on a bus or ferry or anytime you want to check your timetable, use our Journey Planner to plan your trip. It works similar to Google Maps.


Using your card across New Zealand

Don’t forget, if you’re travelling out of Otago, you can use your Bee Card in other regions across New Zealand.

Find out where else you can use your Bee Card


If you still have questions, contact us


0800 672 8736
ORBUSDN Facebook page



0800 672 8778
ORBUSQT Facebook page
Queenstown Ferries Facebook page

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