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Last reviewed: Mon, 24 Nov 2014

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 (including routes and timetables) is available from MetroInfo.


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.

The Council has been working closely with Environment Canterbury to improve bus services around the city. As part of this project, the Council asked the public their thoughts about a proposed Super Stop and passenger waiting lounge on the corner of Division Street and Riccarton Road. View the public responses: Proposed Division Street Super Stop consultation feedback and responses.

View a summary of the consultation responses: Consultation summary – Proposed Riccarton Super Stop and passenger waiting lounge Division Street 24 November 2014

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: Monday, 24 November 2014

Next review: Sunday, 24 May 2015

Keywords: bus, buses, trams