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You may not consume alcohol while travelling on a bus. This is in accordance with the Transport Act and there are no exceptions.
The only animals permitted on Waikato Regional Council - Hamilton City buses and all regional public transport services are official assistance dogs.
Bikes are not permitted on any buses except the Taupo Connector, which has a specially installed bike rack. Use of the rack, including loading and unloading of bicycles is the responsibility of the passenger. There is no additional charge for the carrying of a bicycle on this bus.
0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 287 5463) is a free timetable and general enquiry phone line. Operators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hamilton City buses can only stop at official Hamilton City bus stops. These bus stops are clearly signposted. Please do not request your driver to stop elsewhere. All bus stops are listed at the bottom of each route page on our website.
Some regional bus services operate a hail and ride service, where the bus will stop to pick up or drop off passengers where it is safe to do so. Please contact the BUSIT team at the Transport Centre on 07 859 0509 to ask about hail and ride locations.
CCTV cameras are present on many buses for safety and security.
Fireworks are not permitted on buses.
Use the Journey Planner on the right-hand side of the page to find the best way to your destination. Enter where you want to travel to and from and Journey Planner will give you a list of options with bus routes, times and bus stop locations.
Bus timetables and maps are also available online, from the BUSIT counter at the Hamilton Transport Centre or on request from 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 2875 463).
If you have problems with the Journey Planner, you can always go directly to Google Maps - which is where the Journey Planner information is derived from. We have some hints and tips for using Google Transit.
A number of Hamilton services are key routes. Key routes operate seven days a week, including public holidays. If you look at the Hamilton routes map, the key route services have a yellow flag against them.
No responsibility will be accepted by the bus companies or Waikato Regional Council for lost property. If you find a lost article in the bus, please give it to the driver. If you've lost an article on a bus phone the Hamilton Transport Centre on (07) 859 0509 to claim your lost property. Items are kept for one month before they are dontaed to charity or destroyed.
Mobility scooters are not permitted on buses.
Prams are permitted on buses, but you are responsible for your child's safety. Ensure prams are securely stowed and put the brake on! Wheelchairs take priority in the designated wheelchair space so you may be asked to fold your pram up. Children under 5 travel free on all BUSIT services – take them on an adventure today.
Key routes, 29 Lake and Gardens bus and the Northern Connector operate on the public holidays below:
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Holiday
The Cambridge and Te Awamutu buses operate on all public holidays except Christmas Day.
The Huntly, Paeroa, Raglan and Hamilton buses that are not key routes do not operate on public holidays.
Waikato Regional Council has a RealTime tracking system for the Hamilton city bus network. RealTime lets passengers know when the next bus is coming (rounded to the minute) - through electronic display units and audio messages. Just press the button on any RealTime bus pole to find out when the next bus will arrive.
Please contact your school office for information on school bus services.
Skateboards and scooters
Skateboards and scooters are permitted on buses but must be securely stowed at all times for the safety of other passengers.
Signal the bus driver
Please signal the bus driver when waiting at the bus stop. If you do not signal, the driver may not stop.
You are not permitted to smoke on a bus.
You can comment on or make suggestions regarding our bus services by contacting us.
Timetables can be printed from the online Hamilton and regional route pages, collected from the BUSIT counter at the Hamilton Transport Centre or ordered from 0800 4 BUSLINE (0800 4 2875 463).
Every effort is made to maintain the advertised timetable, however we cannot make any guarantees that an advertised service will operate.
Transport Centre BUSIT counter
There is a staffed BUSIT counter inside the Transport Centre, open Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. Come and see us to plan your journey, pick up timetables, buy or top up your BUSIT card. Eftpos is available.
All buses on Hamilton urban services are wheelchair friendly. Wheelchairs must be under 250kg in weight and 80cm in width to travel on the bus. The operator always aims to operate accessible buses, however there may be times when this is not possible due to operational reasons.
Free WiFi services are provided on the Te Awamutu and Cambridge bus services. Click here to find out more about WiFi access and terms and conditions of use.