Fare Information

What is a GoCard or Monthly Pass?

GoCard and Monthly Pass are pre-paid travel cards that entitle you to cheaper fares and save you worrying about having the correct change.  A Monthly Pass allows you one month's unlimited travel and is valid for one month from the first time you use it.

Simply pass your card within 5 centimetres of the electronic reader on the bus and your fare is automatically deducted from your GoCard balance.  You can purchase or top up your GoCard and Monthly Pass balances on the bus with cash or at the Tranzit office (Matipo Street, Palmerston North) with EFTPOS.  The minimum GoCard top-up is $10.  GoCard can be used on Palmerston North City & Massey, Feilding, Wanganui and Levin - Palmerston North services, Monthly Pass is only available on Palmerston North and Wanganui Urban services.

For Massey students and staff, GoCard technology is part of your Massey ID. Free Massey travel is only available within Palmerston North.  Free UCOL travel is available within Palmerston North and within Wanganui on production of current ID.

How much does it cost?

Your GoCard will cost $12, with $5 of travel already loaded.  Initial Adult Monthly Pass costs $62, monthly top-up $55.  Initial Child Monthly Pass costs $42, monthly top-up $35.  Purchase these cards either on the bus (with cash) or at the Tranzit office (with cash or ETFPOS).  Initial GoCard purchases can now be made at the i-Site Palmerston North, card values available are: $12 ($5 pre loaded travel) and $22 ($15 pre loaded travel); sorry top ups not available, please check availability by calling 06 350 1922.

One hour free transfer

  • Purchase any single one-way ticket on any Palmerston North city bus and get one free transfer onto another Palmerston North or 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 as you board which service you’ll be transferring to.
  • Free transfers cannot be used for return journeys.


For security reasons our drivers carry limited change and may not always be able to change large notes.  Please have the correct change for your fare.

  Cash fare GoCard fare

School-aged (if not in uniform, must provide current ID). Under-fives travel FREE
$1.50 $1.20
Student* e.g. tertiary or polytechnic $1.80 $1.50
Adult $2.50 $2.00
Community e.g. beneficiaries and people with disabilities* $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
UCOL/Massey students & staff* FREE FREE
Adult Monthly Pass (initial purchase)** $62  
Adult Monthly Pass top-up** $55  
Child Monthly Pass (initial purchase)** $42  
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 month unlimited travel from first use.