With lots to do and see in the city, it’s helpful to know how best to get in and travel around. So here is an updated guide on the best ways to get in, out and around with some of the best tips for coming in on public transport, as well as information on coming in by car - including some great offers for car parking buildings in the city centre.

Public transport

Leave the car at home and opt for public transport. 

Registered HOP cards only
No cash is accepted on board any public transport vehicle, this means you must use an AT HOP card. HOP Cards can be found at many convenience stores in the central city, check out the AT website here to see where you can purchase an AT HOP card if you do not already own one.

Kids travel free on weekends
All kids ages 5-15 with a registered AT Hop card travel free of charge on buses trains and ferries (excluding Waiheke ferries) on weekends and public holidays. Children under 5 travel free all days of the week when accompanied by a fare paying passenger.

The AT Journey Planner or AT Mobile app for being organised before you travel 
We recommend you plan your trip using the AT Journey Planner or the AT Mobile app in order to find the best route possible, as well as the most recent updates on bus and train services in real time. 
 

Public transport to get you into the city centre


There are many buses that come in from all parts of Auckland to the central city the main ones being the OuterLink, InnerLink, TamakiLink and Northern Express buses

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OuterLink

The OuterLink (bright orange bus) is a loop journey that covers the inner suburbs of Auckland City including Parnell, Newmarket, Epsom, Balmoral, Mt Eden, St Lukes, Mt Albert, Westmere, Herne Bay and the city centre. 

The OuterLink bus route runs in both directions on the loop route and are scheduled every 15 minutes.

The best locations to depart the OuterLink bus for city centre exploring:
•    Hobson Street
•    Wellesley St E (outside or across from the ASB bank)

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InnerLink

The InnerLink (bright green bus) is the easiest way to get around the inner city. This loop will pass by Britomart, Spark Arena, Parnell, The Auckland Museum, New Market, Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Road, Victoria Park, SkyCity and Queen Street.

The InnerLink runs in both directions of the loop and is scheduled for every 10 minutes Monday-Friday (6:30am-8pm) and every 15 minutes on weekends and from 8-11pm on weekdays..

The best locations to depart the InnerLink bus for city centre exploring:
•    Victoria St W
•    Any stop along Queen St
•    Customs St

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TāmakiLink

The TāmakiLink (bright blue bus) is the easiest way to get into the city centre from the Eastern Bays. This route travels along Tāmaki Drive from Britomart, passing Spark Arena toward Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama Beach, St Heliers Bay and Glen Innes.

If you’re coming into the city centre from the Eastern Bays, the best stop to depart the bus is on Customs Street near Britomart. The TāmakiLink bus operates every 15 minutes in both directions.

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Image is indicative. The NX1 bus looks like this one that travels to Mt Eden

NX1

The NX1 bus is perfect for connecting those coming from the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast into the city centre. 

The NX1 travels along the Northern Busway from Hibiscus Coast Station stopping at Albany Station, Constellation Station, Smales Farm, Akoranga station, and then into Britomart. 

The NX1 travels in both directions very frequently daily from 5am-11:30pm with a night bus on Fridays from midnight to 2:30am.

The best location to depart the bus for city centre exploring:
•    Customs Street (outside Burger Fuel)


Trains

Trains cater to those coming in from areas in the East, South and West of Auckland dropping passengers right downtown in Britomart. See here for more details on train journeys into the city centre.


Ferries

Ferries are a great option for visitors coming in from the North Shore, Waiheke Island and areas such as Hobsonville and Half Moon Bay. See here for more details on ferry journeys into the city centre.


Public Transport while you’re in the city centre

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CityLink

While you’re in the city, the City Link (bright red bus) can help you visit all areas of the heart of the city looping from Wynyard Quarter to Britomart up Queen Street to Karangahape Road along to Pitt Street and back down Queen Street toward Wynyard Quarter. 

Parking 

Free for 2 hours at Britomart:

For all casual parkers, the first two hours of your stay at the Britomart car park will be free! After the 2 hours, usual rates apply. If you're an Earlybird parker, the full-day rate has also dropped to $15, and rates for monthly parking have been reduced by 25 percent for all new applications.

There's also a designated area for motorcycles and scooters in the Britomart car park and Monday to Friday, the fee is only $5 per day. Furthermore, there are two electric vehicle chargers on the ground floor of the car park. Accessed through the main entry and highlighted by a bright green sign, the station is able to charge two cars at once. Charging is complimentary, normal parking rates apply.

Early Bird Parking at SkyCity 

SkyCity have a fantastic early bird parking rate for weekdays - simply enter between 6am and 9am and exit between 3pm and 6pm (single entry and exit) on the same day for just $10. This applies for level P6 and is of course subject to availability and a validated ticket. See here for more details. 

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SkyCity car park

$2 per hour off-peak parking with AT parking buildings:

In the evenings (from 6pm) and on weekends, parking at the Downtown and Victoria AT car parking buildings is $2 per hour, to a maximum of $10. And a flat rate fee of $12 on week day evenings, and $2 per hour to a maximum of $12 on weekends at the Civic car park.

  • Downtown car park | Customs Street West
    Casual fees -  $4.50 per hour with maximum of $40 per day
    Off-peak rates - $2 per hour to a maximum of $10 (evenings, weekends & public holidays)
  • Civic car park | Greys Ave & Mayoral Drive
    Casual fees -  $4 per hour with maximum of $24 per day
    Evening flat rate - $12 
    Off-peak rates - $2 per hour to a maximum of $12 (weekends & public holidays)
  • Victoria St car park | 30 Kitchener Street (corner of Victoria & Kitchener Streets)
    Casual fees - $4 per hour with maximum of $24 per day
    Off-peak rates - $2 per hour to a maximum of $10 (evenings, weekends & public holidays) 


$5* parking with Secure Parking 

Secure Parking NZ is offering $5* parking spots on weeknights (from 5pm) and weekends at The Chancery Car Park (8 Bacons Lane) and The Federal St Car Park (65-71 Federal Street). To take up this offer all you need to do is book a spot on the Secure Parking website via the links below. *A $1.10 booking fee is applied to every Secure-a-spot transaction (except for specified promotions). If bookings include multiple bays or multiple days, only one booking fee will be applied. 

Electric Vehicle parking

If you're coming in to the city via an electric vehicle, there are many car parking buildings that provide charging stations. If you need to charge your vehicle head to the following city center car parks (normal parking rates apply while parked in the building).

  • Downtown car park
    Electric vehicles charge points: six on level 1, and two on the ground level
  • Fanshawe St car park
    Electric vehicles charge points: six on level 1A. 
  • Victoria St car park
    Electric vehicles charge points: three on level 6
  • Civic car park
    Electric vehicles charge points: six on level 1 
  • Britomart car park
    Vector, in conjunction with the Britomart Car Park, has installed two electric vehicle chargers on the ground floor of the car park. Accessed through the main entry and highlighted by a bright green sign, the station is able to charge two cars at once. 
     
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Cycling

There are a growing number of cycleways now connecting Aucklanders to their city centre making commuting for work or study easier and more enjoyable. Or why not bike into the city centre on the weekend to enjoy its amazing waterfront, or to meet up with friends. To see the cycleways that are closest to you check out the AT website.

More space on Queen Street

Temporary changes have been in this high pedestrian environment, with extra space for people to walk, queue at local businesses, and wait at key intersections. To create more space for people, there have been changes made on the street. To find out more about the changes that have been made in the city centre click here.

Last updated: 30 June 2020

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