Palmerston North urban, Massey, Hokowhitu, IPC & Summerhill services

How to use this timetable

Select your suburb name from the menu for the timetable and route description, or download the full Palmerston North Urban Timetable. Choose the time you want to travel and make sure you are at the stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. 

Massey student or staff member? Check out new Late for the Bus web application developed by computer science student Taylor Hamling allowing you to filter by route and time to catch the next bus. Please note, this may not work with older browsers.

Bus stops

Bus stops are shown on route maps as white dots.

  • Each route is approximately 30-35 minutes long depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
  • When the bus reaches the outer terminal (labeled OT on route maps, this is the halfway point of the route), it may pause briefly to make sure the service is not running early for those catching the bus on the second half of the service.
  • Using the timetable information and knowing where your bus stop is on the route will give you an estimated arrival time of the bus at your stop.

Massey/IPC/Summerhill timetable changeover dates

For information on Massey/IPC/Summerhill timetable changeover dates, click here

Fares for Palmerston North City & Massey/IPC services

There are two ways to pay when you catch the bus in Palmerston North: cash or GoCard, a pre paid travel card that provides discounted fares.

Single trip

  Cash Fare   GoCard Fare
School aged (if not in school uniform please provide ID) Under-fives travel FREE
Student* e.g tertiary or polytechnic
$1.80 $1.50
Adult $2.50 $2.00
e.g beneficiaries & people with disabilities (on production of a current Community Services Card)
$1.80 $1.50
Senior 65 plus
$1.80 $1.50
SuperGold Card Holders Between 9am-3pm weekdays, all day on weekends and public holidays FREE FREE
UCOL Students & Staff*
Massey Students & Staff*
Adult monthly pass (initial purchase)**
Adult monthly pass top-up** $55
Child monthly pass (initial purchase)**
Child monthly pass top-up** $35

*On production of current ID. Extramural students at UCOL and Massey are not eligible for the free travel scheme, student rates apply.

**Allow one calendar month unlimited travel from first use.

Free Transfers

Passengers can purchase a single one way ticket on any Palmerston North urban or Massey bus and get one free transfer onto another city bus route within one hour of the original ticket purchase time. Remember to hold on to your ticket to redeem your free transfer and tell the driver which service you'll be transferring to.  Transfer tickets can not be used for return trips.

GoCard and Monthly Pass

GoCard and Monthly Pass are pre-paid travel cards that entitle travel and save you worrying about having the correct change. A Monthly Pass allows you one month's unlimited travel from first use. Simply swipe your card within 5 centimetres of the electronic reader on the bus and you are ready to go.

To calculate potential savings please use table below:

You can load more travel dollars onto your card on the bus (with cash) or at a Tranzit Depot on Matipo Street, Palmerston North  or at the Tranzit Travel Centre on Ridgway Street, Wanganui. There is a minimum top up of $10.  Please keep your receipt and check the amount loaded is correct.  Horizons Regional Council and Tranzit take no responsibility for damaged or lost cards and credit balances can not be transferred.

Your initial GoCard will cost $12, with $5 travel already loaded.  Initial Adult Monthly Pass costs $62, monthly top-up $55.  Initial Child Monthly Pass costs $42, monthly top-up $35.  Initial GoCard purchases can now be made at the i-Site, Palmerston North, cards  available are; $12 ($5 pre loaded travel) and $22 ($15 pre loaded travel) sorry top-ups not available, please check availability by calling 06 3501922. 

What about Massey students and staff?

Massey internal students and staff are entitled to free travel within Palmerston North on any urban or Massey service. GoCard technology is included in your Massey ID cards, so just pass them over the reader on the buses to ride for free.  Free travel does not apply to extramural students. Check out this web application created by Taylor Hamling specifically for Massey users - you can filter by route making it even easier to catch the bus.

What about UCOL students and staff?

UCOL students and staff are entitled to travel free on Palmerston North and Wanganui urban services, just show your current ID as you board.