How can I travel on public transport in and out of Hamilton?

You can travel on city and regional buses (see, and you can take the Te Huia passenger train between Hamilton and Auckland (see Remember, you’ll need to wear a face mask to travel on public transport.

For more help, head into our Central City Transport Hub on the corner of Bryce street and Anglesea Street, or the Rotokauri Transport Hub (north Hamilton) located off Kiriwai Kaui Drive.

You can also combine walking, scooting, and taking the bus. This practical option is particularly useful for travelling to and from work or school, and has health, environmental, traffic, and road safety benefits.

How can I pay when travelling on public transport?

You can use your Bee card on city and regional buses as well as Te Huia, the publicly funded passenger train service that runs between Hamilton and Auckland (see Get your Bee Card online at or visit one of our two transport hubs.

Load your Super Gold card onto your Bee Card, and you can travel for free on our public transport system (buses and Te Huia), any time, any day!

How can I get real time info on when the bus is coming?

You can get real time alerts about when your bus is getting close to your bus stop by using the Transit Realtime App – see for details.

Waikato Regional Council is responsible for providing public bus services across the city and between towns (see

Hamilton City Council is responsible for bus shelters, poles and other infrastructure along city bus routes. We’re also responsible for the Central City Transport Hub and the Rotokauri Transport Hub (north Hamilton).

We partner with the Waikato Regional Council in the Te Huia train service between Hamilton and Auckland, which is operated by Kiwirail (see

Remember, under COVID-19 alert levels, you’ll need to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport.


Using a public bus for transport is a great way to travel in comfort while also caring for our environment and saving you the hassle of finding a vehicle park. In most cases, you’ll also save money, especially if you use a Bee Card (available at or one of the city’s two transport hubs).

Hamilton has a wide range of city, suburban and regional routes to choose from, as well as two city routes that operate at 15-minute intervals. These are the Orbiter, which runs around the city’s perimeter (clockwise and anti-clockwise) and the Comet, which runs between Glenview in the south to the Rotokauri Transport Hub in the north, through the central city (the Central City Transport Hub is included in its stops). For details, see

Train – Te Huia

The passenger train Te Huia travels between Hamilton and Auckland, providing two trips each way daily.

  • You can catch the train from the central city’s rail station at Frankton or from the north end of Hamilton at the Rotokauri Transport Hub. See for details, fees and timetables.
  • You can use your Bee Card to travel on the train (available at or from one of our two transport hubs. Load your Super Gold card onto it, and you can travel for free on our public transport system, any time, any day!

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Last updated 14 June 2022