Our urban public transport network links all parts of Greater Christchurch, as well as the nearby towns of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus, Waikuku, Rolleston, Templeton, Springston, Lincoln and Prebbleton. Private bus operators are awarded routes through a tender process. Information about fares and timetables is on our Metro website(external link). Bus stop and route data is available via Canterbury Maps(external link) and our Data Catalogue(external link).

By the numbers

  • 1 million passenger trips each month
  • 26 urban bus routes
  • 250 vehicles and one ferry, which make 2000 trips each weekday
  • 14 school services

Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee

The Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee comprises representatives from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. It was established in mid-2016 to foster collaborative and decisive leadership regarding the provision of public transport services and infrastructure in Greater Christchurch.

The committee draws on feedback on public transport issues and ideas from a Public Transport Advisory Group made up of 20 to 30 community representatives and a Youth Reference Group for Sustainable Transport, which represents the views of several youth councils and groups across Greater Christchurch.

The Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee holds public meetings once a month. Agendas and minutes are available here.

Greater Christchurch Metro Strategy

The Greater Christchurch Metro Strategy (PDF File, 1.78MB) has led to significant improvements over the years, including real-time information at bus stops, bike racks on buses, higher service frequencies and integrated ticketing with the Metrocard. We are now working on further improvements, such as introducing additional bus services from Waimakariri to help reduce peak congestion and changes to the Blue Line planned for early 2017.

Bus infrastructure

Bus stops, seats, shelters and bus priority measures in Greater Christchurch are provided and maintained by city and district councils. If you have a comment or suggestion about bus infrastructure in Greater Christchurch, contact your local body:

  • Discuss requests or suggestions for a route or timetable with your local community board or residents’ group — or send your feedback to Metro
  • Find bus stop and route data at Canterbury Maps or in our Data Catalogue