UPDATE: 24 March 2020

Orbus is currently working through government advice as New Zealand moves to Alert 4 levels tomorrow.

As of now, the bus is free of charge to stop interaction between customers and drivers. Passengers should please now also enter and exit buses through the rear door where possible.

Orbus will continue to operate as normal for now, but will reduce services as of Thursday morning, 26 March. To support those who work in essential services, for medical reasons, or to access the supermarket they are looking to provide a weekend schedule, however this depends on driver availability. The timetable will be confirmed Wednesday 25th March.

In the meantime, you can find most of the answers you need here https://www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/covid-19. This will be updated regularly.

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The Otago Regional Council, with support from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and New Zealand Transport Authority, operates the $2 Orbus network.

It is the easiest, most convenient and most affordable way to get around Queenstown with flat-rate fares for just $2.

The buses run to and from Queenstown Airport regularly throughout the day from 6 am until midnight. 

Get a GoCard!

  • The $2 fare is only available to GoCard holders. There is a one-off cost of $5 to buy a GoCard but once you have it you’ll have ongoing access to the $2 fare.
  • If your single bus journey involves 2 or more stages it still only costs $2. Just make sure that you board each bus within 30 minutes of getting off the previous bus.
  • Without the GoCard, cash fares will be $4 for a child and $5 for an adult. If travelling to Queenstown Airport, the fare will be $2 with a GoCard or cash fare $8 for a child and $10 for an adult.
  • The minimum top-up for GoCards is $10. GoCards can be topped up anywhere that they’re sold. 
  • You can purchase a GoCard for $5 from Paper Plus at Queenstown Airport, the Stanley Street kiosk or on every bus that’s part of the $2 bus network.

Routes and timetables:

  • Route and timetable information can be viewed at www.orc.govt.nz/orbusqt
  • Buses run regularly from 6 am until late, 7 days a week, and there are 4 return routes:
    • Fernhill to Remarkables Park (via the Airport) runs every 15 minutes right through until midnight
    • Arrowtown to Arthurs Point (via Frankton) runs half-hourly on peak and hourly off-peak, through until 10 pm
    • Kelvin Heights to Frankton Flats runs hourly through until 10 pm
    • Lake Hayes Estate to Jacks Point runs half-hourly on peak and hourly off-peak, through until 10 pm