Fares and GoCards

You can go anywhere on the Queenstown network for just $2 with a GoCard, plus you’ll get a free 30-minute transfer with a GoCard.

You can get a GoCard from your bus driver, at the Queenstown Airport Paper Plus or at the Stanley Street kiosk for $5. The minimum top up for GoCards is $10. GoCards can be topped up anywhere that they’re sold. The Queenstown GoCard is currently scheduled for replacement next year with an even smarter version that can be topped up online.

You don’t need a GoCard to take the bus, you can pay for your fare with cash. However, a cash fare is $5 per trip for an adult and $4 for a child – and for trips that begin or end at the airport, the cash fare is $10. It’s cheaper with GoCard.

Remember to keep your ticket for the whole trip – it is your proof of payment.

How much does it cost?


$2 with GoCard

to go anywhere on the network, with a free transfer within 30 minutes.

Children: 5-15yrs, or under 20 with school ID $1.50, under 5 free.

$5 with Cash

to go anywhere except the airport – cash fares starting or finishing at the airport $10 for an adult, $8 for a child.

No free transfer with cash.

Children: 5-15yrs, or under 20 with school ID $4, under 5 free.


SuperGold Card Holder Concession

SuperGold card holders at peak travel times (SuperGold card holders travel free with GoCard off-peak, 9am-3pm and after 6.30pm). Both GoCard and SuperGold cards must be shown.


Where can I get one? 

You can get a GoCard for $5 from:

  • ORC Queenstown Office (eftpos only)
  • Queenstown Airport (Paper Plus Queenstown Airport)
  • Orbus Stanley Street kiosk
  • On every bus that’s part of the Orbus network (cash only on the bus)

If you are getting a GoCard from the bus driver, you will have to use cash.

The minimum top up amount is $10. To see your card balance, just check your ticket – or ask your driver to check your GoCard.

The GoCard will work if the balance is below $10, but not if the balance is below the minimum fare.



If your single bus journey involves two or more stages it still only costs $2 (only with your GoCard) - just advise the driver of your final destination.  For example, if you get on the Route 1 bus in Fernhill and want to transfer to the Route 4 bus to Lake Hayes Estate, ask the driver for a ticket to Lake Hayes.  The ticketing machine on the Lake Hayes service will recognise the transfer on your GoCard for the second journey.


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