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New bus fares from August

Monday, 6 July 2015 2:00 p.m.

Fares on Bayhopper and Cityride buses are set to rise from Monday 3 August.

The rise, of around five percent to each fare, will see passengers paying for a greater percentage of the cost of running the service.

Schoolhopper fares are not affected by the increase.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Transport Policy Manager Garry Maloney said the Council had delayed the fare increase as long as it could, which had initially been scheduled for late last year.

He said bus fares are kept as low as possible and are still highly subsidised with passenger fares making up one-third of what it costs to run the service each year.

“We are fortunate to still have a bus service in this region which is cheaper to use than most other urban networks,” he said.

Depending on the trip, passengers may find their fare has increased slightly more or slightly less than the five percent amount.

“We’ve had to allow for the fact that a strict five percent rise would not have worked for passengers paying for their fare on the bus with cash, so where appropriate the cash fare has been rounded to the nearest 10 cents.”

The five percent increase will also be applied to passengers using Smartride cards.

“We’re proud of the fact that it’s still cheaper to travel by bus in the Bay of Plenty than it is in many other New Zealand cities and hope that the more than 13,000 trips taken on the Baybus network each day continue.

For more information about the Baybus network, please visit or call 0800 422 928.

Tauranga urban

Date of fare increase: 3 August 2015

Fares  Current Fare  From 3 August 
Adult Cash  $3 $3.20
Concession Cash  $1.80 $1.90
Adult Smartride $2.40 $2.52
Concession Smartride  $1.44 $1.51
Schoolhopper - Smartride  $1.15 $1.15
Schoolhopper - Cash $1.60 $1.60
Children under 5 Free Free
NZ Supergold Card (off-peak hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays) Free Free

Rotorua urban

Date of fare increase: 3 August 2015

Fares  Current Fare  From 3 August 
Standard one way cash fare  $2.50 $2.60
Smartride Card standard one way fare  $1.75 $1.84
Daysaver Travel on any Cityride route (valid 24 hours after issue)  $7.80 $8.20
Children under 5 Free Free
NZ Supergold Card (off-peak hours Mon- Fri, 9am - 3pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays)  Free Free

Rural (incl Eastern Bay and other Western Bay routes)

Date of fare increase: 7 September 2015

Fares to be determined


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