Fares

Bus arrives at stop

Check out the lists below to see what your bus ride will cost.

Taking the bus is both a relaxing and cheap way to get around town. Plus, you can travel even cheaper with a Metrocard - providing discounts off the regular fares and access to special cardholder deals on unlimited daily and weekly travel.

Timaru city fares

The services that are within the Timaru city zone are the Timaru Link and the Timaru Schools service. All other services have individual fare structures. All bus fares are listed below.

The information on this page does not apply to the MyWay by Metro service - learn about MyWay fares.

50% discount on selected Timaru fares until end Jan 2023

We are delighted to confirm that half-price fares for The Link, School Services and the Temuka service are now in effect until 31 January 2023. The temporary fare reduction is a government initiative aimed to help ease the financial burden for Kiwis as the cost-of-living increases and is welcome news for many. 50% should be applied on top of the fares below.

This will make a Timaru Link fare $0.80 for an adult with a Metrocard and $0.45 for a child. Cash fares will be $1.20 and $0.70 respectively.

> Read more about half-price fares

Fare guide (trips one way)

Route Payment Type
CHILD ADULT
  Metrocard Cash Metrocard Cash
Timaru Link $0.95 $1.50 $1.65 $2.50
Temuka NA $2.70 NA $5.00
Washdyke NA $1.50 NA $2.50
Timaru School Bus $0.95 $1.50    

Temuka and Washdyke concession fares

Concession cards are also available for Temuka and Washdyke services from the bus driver (cash only). The costs are:

 Card type Adult Child
Temuka $25.00 $15.00
Washdyke $50.00 $27.00

Children

Children under five travel free, when accompanied by a fare paying passenger. Children from 5-18 years inclusive are charged a discounted child fare. Drivers may require ID to be shown.

SuperGold card

SuperGold cardholders travel free within the Timaru and Temuka zones during all off-peak times. That's weekdays between 9am and 3pm and public holidays. Just present your SuperGold card to the driver when boarding the bus. Find out more about SuperGold cards.

Metrocard unlimited travel

Metrocard gives you unlimited free transfers within two hours of your first trip. Find out more about Metrocard.

MyWay by Metro

Travelling on MyWay by Metro, Timaru's on demand public transport service? Find out all about the service and its fares here.