Christchurch provides a range of bus and ferry services for those living in or visiting the city.

People walking through the bus interchangeChristchurch bus and ferry services and routes are managed and provided by Environment Canterbury (ECan)(external link), operating under the branding Metro(external link).

If you're new to catching the bus or ferry check out Getting Started with Metro(external link) or see the information below.

The Metro network provides transport from most suburbs to the city, all shopping centres and a range of attractions around Christchurch.

Finding the best bus services for you

Council owns and maintains most bus shelters in Christchurch. All of the Council's bus shelters are smokefree and vapefree.


To report or request the following, please call 03 941 8999, or email

  • New bus shelter or seat installation.
  • Cleaning of bus shelters and seats or maintenance.
  • Missing bus stop signs and poles.

Advertising shelters

Advertising bus shelters are owned and maintained by Ooh! Media. Please phone them on 0800 237 435 for maintenance issues, such as graffiti or broken glass.


For graffiti removal from all council-owned bus shelters and seats outside of normal cleaning, report it online(external link) or call 03 941 8999 and ask for the Graffiti Office.

You can also use Snap Send Solve(external link) to report graffiti and breakages at Council shelters.

Bus lanes are put in to reduce congestion, increase public transport reliability and make it a convenient, attractive travel option.

Many bus lanes only operate during peak travel times but in some locations they operate 24 hours.

All bus lanes have signage with their hours of operation and during those hours only buses, bikes, emergency service vehicles, motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds are permitted in the bus lane.

To ensure that the bus lanes operate efficiently, Council actively enforces the lanes. You can get a ticket for $150 for travelling in a bus lane so please make sure you follow the rules.