Public transport for the partial return to school

Bus and Train Services

Auckland Transport will be increasing bus services next week to coincide with the return to school of senior pupils. Bus and Train services will be operating to a weekend timetable with some additional capacity at peak times.

Year 11 to 13 students are back in class from Tuesday 26 October. School bus services will operate as normal to secondary schools.

A reminder you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport or when waiting at a stop or station. This now includes anyone aged 12 or over travelling on school bus services.

Cash is not accepted under Alert Level 3. We strongly recommend that you register your AT HOP card to help with contact tracing should it be required. All buses, trains and ferries have QR codes and we must scan with the NZ COVID tracer app.

This will also allow us to monitor passenger numbers and make fast adjustments to services if required due to changes in demand. We will be working to make those changes as quickly as possible and again advise customers to plan their journey ahead.

We would ask our customers to ensure that they plan their journey with the AT Mobile app, which now also displays how many people are on a bus or train service at any given time, or the journey planner on our website

Those who do not already have an AT HOP card can find a retailer.

AT is ensuring all public transport is being cleaned throughout its daily service. Buses and trains are being spot checked, with surfaces being sanitised, and we have enhanced our overall cleaning regime of facilities and our fleet.

If you are travelling to get a vaccination you can use buses or trains for free. Just tell the driver or transport officer you are going to a vaccination centre, you don’t have to tag-on or off but please use the QR code to record your journey.

Ferry Services

The return to school for senior pupils will see some additional ferry sailings from Tuesday.

We will resume Gulf Harbour, Birkenhead, Bayswater and West Harbour services on Tuesday 26 October. These services will be operating reduced schedules, in line with the current approach for Pine Harbour, Half Moon Bay and Hobsonville Point services.

A reminder that face coverings must be worn on ferries and food and drink will not be for sale.

Gulf Harbour

Monday - Friday

Depart Auckland

Depart Gulf Harbour Marina

6:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

7:45 p.m.

The 988 bus service is not currently running

Bayswater and Birkenhead

Monday - Sunday

Depart Auckland

Depart Bays Marina

Depart NCP/Te Onewa

Depart Birkenhead

7:10 a.m.

7:20 a.m.

7:28 a.m.

7:35 a.m.

9:10 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

9:28 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

11:40 a.m.

11:50 .m.

11:58 a.m.

12:05 p.m.

2:10 p.m.

2:20 p.m.

2:28 p.m.

2:35 p.m.

5:10 p.m.

5:20 p.m.

5:28 p.m.

5:35 p.m.

8:10 p.m.

8:20 p.m.

8:28 p.m.

8:35 p.m.

West Harbour

Monday - Friday

Dep West Harbour
















Travel restrictions Waiheke and Great Barrier Island

You can only travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) if you are a resident on either of the islands. If a Waiheke resident wishes to leave the island for a permitted reason under alert level 3 they are able to do so.


Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement is now operating as normal and paid parking continues in all on-street zones and off-street carparks.

We have been seeing significant illegal parking in shared spaces and on loading zones, particularly in the downtown area. People have been parking in areas that are designed for safe use by people walking and on bikes.

We will issue tickets where there is illegal parking, we need to ensure deliveries and pick-ups can be carried out safely at the essential businesses which are operating under Alert level 3

We are also checking on vehicles which are blocking footpaths and entrances and parking all day in residential parking zones preventing permit holders from parking.

With more traffic and buses on the road, bus and transit lane rules apply and please follow the signage.

We know this is a challenging time for us all. We ask that people be understanding and patient of everyone else who is in the same situation.

And remember, please travel only if necessary.

The best place to find the latest information about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is on the Government’s special COVID-19 website:

For more information on public transport at Alert Level 3, Step 1, please visit

For any general queries call us at 09 355 3553 – Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.