Auckland is a transportation hub in New Zealand both locally and internationally!Getting around by bus, train and ferry is very easy.Auckland bus services are by far the most extensive, while trains offer you a faster alternative to the southern part of Auckland, and ferries take you through the harborTo pay for most public transport in Auckland, you will need cash or the AT HOP card.Fares are determined by the stage areas, which is based on the travel distance.The more scenic areas you travel, the higher the price.For ferries and some bus services, there is a maximum price for a single fare, so follow the Auckland public transport guide below to see how to get around.
1. Public transport – Trains, Buses and Ferries
Auckland public transportation is a great way to get around. Traveling by train, bus or ferry is easy in the city center and the wider region, with regular routes to most major attractions and our major shopping, dining and entertainment centers.
Britomart, in downtown Auckland, is the main transportation hub and the starting and ending point for many bus and train journeys. Ferries also arrive and depart from Auckland city center, just a two-minute walk from Britomart. A number of bus and train stations and some ferry departure points also have parking and parking – ideal if you have a rental car or are staying longer.
Find public transport services, maps and timetables on the Auckland Transport AT trip planner. If you’re staying in Auckland for a while, consider purchasing an AT HOP card, a prepaid chip card that can be used on buses, trains and ferries.
2. City Link Buses
Our Link bus services are a convenient and inexpensive way to get around Auckland city center and suburbs – including the best shops and restaurants. They run very frequently, so there is no schedule and prices start at just 50 cents. Just look for the red, green or amber buses and wait at a corresponding bus stop.
3. Driving – Hiring A Car, Motorhome Or Motorbike
With an excellent motorway network, driving is a popular choice for anyone wishing to explore Auckland and New Zealand further. We have many car rental companies to choose from – including major international brands – offering everything from sedans and hatchbacks to motor homes and motorcycles. Most major car rental companies have depots at Auckland Airport and in central Auckland.
In New Zealand, we drive on the left. Visitors from some countries may need a little adjustment, but for others, you will feel right at home.
You can legally drive in Auckland and New Zealand for up to 12 months per visit, with a current driver’s license from your home country or an International Driver’s License (IDP). Make sure to arrange them before you arrive in New Zealand – check who can drive and what you will need on the NZ Transport Agency website.
We want you to be safe and stress free as you explore our beautiful part of the world. Take a look at our rules of conduct for all types of vehicles at Drive Safe.
4. Cycling And Walking
Get some fresh air while you are touring the city – it is easier than ever to get around Auckland by bike, with a number of new bike paths that have emerged in recent years (and more in course). Flat, easy bike paths along the waterfront or through the parks are great for families or the occasional explorer, or tackle a more difficult trail through the bush or farmland.
If you like exploring on foot, it’s easy to walk around the city center (first take a map from an i-SITE or download one here), and there are hundreds of hiking trails through the region too, from walks by the sea to the island’s trails.