Get ready for the school holidays,

get a Bee Card

If you’re planning a few day trips with the kids in the holidays, consider taking the bus. Children love the bus making it a fun way to get around. And the Bee Card makes is easier and cheaper to go and explore!

Find out more here:

  • Children under five travel free while adults only pay $2 anywhere across the Dunedin and Queenstown 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.
  • Wondering about how COVID impacts your travel? Face coverings are to be worn by everyone other than children under 12 or if you have a physical or mental health illness or condition or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable. There’s more about that here.

What else you need to know

  • Get a card for $5 from your friendly bus drivers (CASH ONLY),, Otago Regional Council offices in Dunedin and Queenstown and in Dunedin, the Dunedin City Council service centres and University Book Shop.
  • Once you have your card, create an account online to get concessions and other benefits.
  • If you get a card from the driver, you can use it straight away, but you won't have the concessions yet as they need to be registered on the card online (or ORC customer services can help). 
  • You need to top up with a minimum $5 every time you top up. You can top up online, or at any of the above retailers including with cash on the bus.

If it’s your first adventure on a bus, head to the website and input the travel details into our Journey Planner. It works similar to Google Maps.

Any time you want to check your timetable, you can visit the website, find your route and choose the date of travel. For example, a public holiday timetable will apply this Anzac Day, 25 April. Click here to check your public holidays.


Using your card across New Zealand

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


Give us a call, if you still have questions. 

Dunedin: Call 0800 ORBUSDN (0800 672 8736)
Keep an eye on our ORBUSDN Facebook page

Queenstown: 0800 ORBUSQT (0800 672 8778)
ORBUSQT Facebook page

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