See also: BUSIT card, 60+ card, SuperGold card, Child bus passStudent ID Cards

Regional bus fares (other urban services)

The fares for regional services differ from Hamilton city fares. Go to the relevant service's page.

Hamilton city bus fares


   Cash fare BUSIT card
Adult  $3.30  $2.40
Child  $2.20  $1.70
60+ BUSIT card
 N/A  $1.70
Adult City Explorer  $7.90  $6.30
Child City Explorer  $5.80  $4.50
University of Waikato / Wintec students and staff $3.30 $1.70*

University of Waikato / Wintec students and staff concession

All University of Waikato and Wintec students and staff receive a 30% discount on adult BUSIT card fares. This makes travel in Hamilton $1.70 - and is valid at all times to all locations on BUSIT services - not just to and from campus.

Regional services - for example, from Huntly to Hamilton - will also have a 30% discount applied.

Get a BUSIT card and start travelling cheaper - all you need to do is show the driver your University of Waikato or Wintec staff or student ID and the discount will be applied to your BUSIT card single fare.

SuperGold card holders

Free bus travel is provided to SuperGold card holders from 9am - 3.00pm and then again from 6.30pm until the end of service, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday and public holidays. Find out more here.

One hour free travel

Purchase a single one way ticket on any Hamilton urban bus and get unlimited free transfers onto another urban bus within one hour of the original ticket purchase time. Remember to hold onto your ticket to redeem your free transfers.

Child fares

  • Children under 5 years travel free.
  • Child fares apply to children aged 5-14 and to year 9-13 students with approved school ID, or when in school uniform.
  • Student ID Cards are available for children who do not have the usual formal ID required to make use of child fares.


Take advantage of our saver fares

BUSIT card

For regular bus users, the BUSIT card (excluding the 60+ card) is a pre-paid card that can be used on all urban routes and also on the Cambridge, Huntly, Raglan, Taupō, Te Awamutu and Paeroa/Morrinsville services. You can purchase and top up your BUSIT card at the Transport Centre on the corner of Bryce and Anglesea Streets, Hamilton. The driver can also top up your BUSIT card for you.

Find out more.

City Explorer

The City Explorer fare allows for unlimited bus trips per person within the Hamilton city boundary. Travel is valid on the day of issue and up until 3.30 am the following day.

The City Explorer is available for adults and children on BUSIT cards and as a cash ticket.

This ticket type is the cheapest way to travel if you plan on doing more than three trips a day.

60+ BUSIT card

You can use your 60+ card on urban Hamilton routes at any time. Discounts apply at off-peak times. At peak times, normal BUSIT fares apply.

  • Off-peak times apply to travel between 9 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday, and all day on weekends and public holidays.
  • Peak times apply to travel before 9 am and after 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Find out more.

SuperGold cards can also be used during off-peak times on most services. Find out more.

Need help?

Our friendly team at the Transport Centre are available at the BUSIT counter from 8 am until 4.30 pm Monday to Friday to help you with your journey.