Auckland Transport

Bikes & public transport

Auckland Transport has options for those cyclists that use their bikes to get places; the majority of public transport stations, terminals and interchanges have some form of bike parking, including bike racks, parks, enclosures or lockers, to link with public transport.

Taking your bike on public transport

Taking your bike on the ferry

Bicycles can be carried on most ferry services for free. The West Harbour Ferry, Harbour Cruise, Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi Island ferries are the exceptions.

Just wheel your bike onto the ferry. Some boats have racks, others have hooks, and with others you can lean your bike against a rail, or stand out the back with your bike. If unsure, observe other cyclists or ask one of the ferry staff.

Taking your bike on the train

Bikes can be taken on trains free of charge provided there is enough space and at the discretion of on board staff.

Note: Avoid travelling with bicycles at peak times. Folding bicycles may be taken on board anytime if folded and stored under a seat.

When taking bikes onto the train, board the middle carriage of each 3 car train (second and fifth carriage of 6 car trains).

To assist passengers with bikes, AT Metro are currently rolling out train station platform markings to help you board the central carriages with automatic ramps. These markings are planned to be completed at all train stations on the Auckland rail network at the end of 2017.

Pram & Bike train station platform marking

Train stations which currently have platform markings are:

  • Avondale
  • Fruitvale Rd
  • New Lynn
  • Sylvia Park
  • Takanini
  • Te Mahia
  • Orakei
  • Glen Innes
  • Otahuhu
  • Te Papapa
  • Onehunga
  • Manukau
  • Puhinui
  • Ellerslie
  • Greenlane
  • Papakura (platforms 1, 2 & 4)
  • Swanson

Taking your bike on the bus

At present, the only buses equipped with bike racks are the buses on Waiheke Island.

Bicycles cannot be taken on other Auckland bus services unless it’s a folding bike.

Bike parking 

Papakura bike parkBike parking in Papakura and Papatoetoe train stations

The bike parks at the train stations has space available for 20 bikes, and operates on a first come, first served basis.

Both bike parks offer a choice of standing (Sheffield racks) and hanging bike parking. 

The bike parks are fitted with CCTV cameras for security and will shelter your bike from weather. We encourage you to lock you bike and possessions at all times when using the facilities.

If you need to pump up your bike tires or do a minor repair you will be able to use the bike repair stand available at the rail locations.

If the bike park is full there is overflow parking outside for your use.

Bike and gear lockers

Bike lockers at Glen Innes and Manurewa train stations

Bike lockers are not currently available to lease at Glen Innes or Manurewa train stations.

Cycle gear lockers at New Lynn transport centre

Cycle gear lockers are not currently available to lease at New Lynn Transport Centre.

Bike lockers at busway stations

There are self-service bike lockers (no lease) available at the following busway stations

  • Albany Park and Ride
  • Constellation Park and Ride
  • Smales Farm Station
  • Akoranga Station

These are free to use but require a $2 coin to open the locker. Your $2 is refunded when you reopen the locker. All Northern Busway stations have bike racks.

Bike parking trial finishes with changes to increase access

Covered bike parking was being trialed at three Auckland locations:

  • Papakura train station.
  • Papatoetoe train station (replacing the existing bike lockers).
  • Birkenhead ferry terminal.

After careful consideration of factors such as accessibility, administration and operation costs, it has been decided to make the bike parks accessible to more users. This means that a swipe card which has been used in the past will no longer be needed to access to the bike park enclosure.

Access cards will no longer be available from Tuesday, 2 June 2015. The doors are to be removed and you will be able to park your bike in the facilities at any time, day or night.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience users may experience during the time that the bike parking facilities are being reconfigured.

As part of an on-going programme to provide more bike parking for more people at public transport interchanges, AT will be building open shelters for people to park their bikes before taking the train. Reconfiguring the bike parking at the Papatoetoe and Papakura Rail Stations is part of this programme.

AT is committed to providing high quality bike parking at public transport interchanges to encourage more people to cycle from home to the station.