Public transport is a critical component for transporting and contributing to a thriving region and we are committed to delivering this vision for the Bay of Plenty.
Bee Card is the prepay travel smartcard for nine regions of New Zealand. The Bee Card can be used for local public transport in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Nelson, Otago and Invercargill.
Bee Card will go live 20th July 2020 for Eastern Bay (including Kawerau, Ōpōtiki, and Whakatāne), Rotorua, Ōmokoroa and Katikati and then 27th July for Tauranga.
For additional information about the Bee Card please go to the www.baybus.co.nz/beecard
Free fares for Tauranga students
In 2020 all students travelling on dedicated Bayhopper school buses or Tauranga urban routes can travel for free before 9am and between 2.30 and 6.30pm. This is a one year trial and applies to school days only. Students must have their student Id and/or be in school uniform. Read more.
Regional tertiary/commuter services
New Regional Tertiary/Commuter services will begin when Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and The University of Waikato start again in 2020. The services are a joint venture between the University of Waikato, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with each organisation contributing funds to make the service available, along with a grant from the New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA). The services will operate Monday to Friday excluding public holidays, between 3 February and 20 December 2020. Extension of the services beyond this date will be subject to a review of the trial. Read more.