Great news!

Free weekend bus travel for people 18 and under in Hamilton will start Saturday 6th July*.

We are excited that all people 18 and under now get to ride the bus for free on the weekend in Hamilton. 

It's easy- here are the details; 

At primary or intermediate school? Jump on board and the driver will issue you a free ticket. 

At high school? Show your  school ID to the driver and they will issue you a free ticket. 

Not at school or don’t have a school ID? Show the driver some proof of age like a driver's licence and you will get your free ticket. If you don’t have ID just come and see us at the BUSIT counter inside the Transport Centre with proof of your date of birth (ie. birth certificate etc) and we will sort you out. We are open Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm.  

Enjoy your FREE weekends.  

*Free travel applies within the Hamilton City Boundary on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Under 5s travel free at all times. The free weekend travel is a one year trial and is supported by Hamilton City Council.

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Ideas of some Bus adventures! 

Here some ideas of where you can adventure by bus in Hamilton on the weekends-

  • Travel to The Base on the Comet, Orbiter and 18.Te Rapa-  for shopping and the great playground. 
  • Travel to Chartwell Westfield for shopping, a bite to eat or the movies on the 5. Chartwell, Orbiter, or the 4. Flagstaff.
  • Waterworld is open year round and is served by the 18. Te Rapa. 
  • Bus to the Hamilton Zoo on the 3. Dinsdale! It’s the perfect destination for a day out with family and friends. 
  • Have a picnic at the Lake, walk one way, bus the other or use the bus both ways and hit the playgrounds. 
  • Hamilton Gardens is always a great adventure by bus-  the 29. Hamilton Gardens service travels into Gate 1 for direct access to the gardens and a short walk to the playground. 
  • Jump on a urban service bound to the Transport Centre and explore the CBD- including Centre Place, Garden Place, and the Library. Also check out the Waikato Museum and Exscite which easily accessed on the free CBD Shuttle.
  • The city libraries are easy to get to by bus as well- 
    • For the Chartwell Library jump on the 5 - Chartwell, Orbiter, and the 4 – Flagstaff.
    • Check out the Dinsdale library by simply catching the 3 – Dinsdale
    • Bus to the St Andrews library with the 1 – Pukete. 
    • Travel to the Hillcrest Library just catch the 2 – Silverdale.
  • Score a hole in one at the Callum Brae Golf & Café or hang out at the playground next door. Just catch the 16 Rototuna. 
  • Catch the bus to check out some of the renowned destination playgrounds in Hamilton 
    • The 14. Claudelands to Claudelands Park
    • The 8. Frankton or the 9 – Nawton to Dominion Park
    • The RC. Rototuna Circular or 4N. Flagstaff North to Hare Puke Park.

Tips on making bus Travel with kids stress-free

  • All Hamilton buses are fully accessible – no steps to get on board and have dedicated wheelchair/pram space. Please remember wheelchair users do take priority so there may be times prams will need to be folded.
  • Plan your journey using the journey planner on the homepage and see which route your bus will take.
  • If you have a three wheeled buggy, it may be easier to ‘reverse’ the buggy out of the bus, so your two back wheels hit the footpath first – particularly if you’ve got two kids on board. 
  • Let your pre-schooler push the button to let the driver know you want to get off at the next stop – trust us… it will be the highlight of their trip. 
  • The best time to travel with young kids is between the hours of 9am and 2:30pm there’s usually more seats available and you’ll beat the school rush. Also means you’ll be home in time for afternoon naps.