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Last reviewed: Wed, 10 Apr 2013

Buses and trams



Christchurch is well served by a comprehensive public transport network. As well as the planes, trains and coaches that bring people to and from Christchurch, the city provides a range of bus services for those living in or visiting the city.


People boarding a bus

Bus services and routes are managed and provided by Environment Canterbury (ECan). Metro operates these services in the Christchurch area and their website provides comprehensive information on fares, timetables and routes. Any queries regarding routes and services of buses need to be directed to ECan.

Central Station

Central Station logo

A temporary bus interchange is operating in central Christchurch, restoring key cross-city bus routes and significantly reducing travel times for passengers.

Central Station is located near the corner of Lichfield and Colombo streets.

Central Station include a fully-staffed Metroinfo kiosk, under-cover waiting rooms, amenities and a real-time bus tracking system which tells you how many minutes until your bus arrives.

It is expected to be used for up to three years until the new Passenger Transport Interchange is constructed as part of the Central City recovery. More information can be found at the Accessible City chapter of the Christchurch Central Development Unit website.

First day at Central Station

More information is available from MetroInfo.

 

The Orbiter

Seven days a week, the Orbiter circulates the outer city in both directions. It calls at Eastgate Mall, The Palms, Northlands Mall, Canterbury University, Westfield Riccarton, Barrington Mall, Princess Margaret Hospital, and St Martins shops. See the MetroInfo timetable and route map.

Metro Star

Metro Star runs to and from the west and east of the city. From Halswell in the West, it calls at Hornby Mall, University of Canterbury, Westfield Riccarton, Merivale Mall, The Palms, QEII Stadium before arriving at New Brighton in the East. See the MetroInfo timetable and route map.

Bus Priority

Around Christchurch a variety of Bus Priority techniques are being used to help improve and enhance our bus service. Catching a bus is a more sustainable way to travel and reduces the use of car travel. By having these measures in place we can strive towards a efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly bus service.

You might see:

  • bus lanes
  • bus signals
  • bus stop improvements.

Find out more from the Bus Priority website.

Christchurch Tramway

For a more leisurely journey, trams operate over a short track that runs through central Christchurch from New Regent Street through Cathedral Junction to Cathedral Square and along Worcester Boulevard. Get on and off the tram at any stop and rejoin the tram later. This is a great sightseeing option for those wanting to visit some of the Christchurch rebuild in action and our existing heritage buildings using heritage transport. For more information visit the Christchurch Tramway website.

 

Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Next review: Thursday, 10 October 2013

Keywords: bus, buses, trams