Bikes & public transport Bikes & public transport

Taking a bike on public transport increases the amount of places across Auckland you can access on two wheels. Many public transport stations or terminals have some form of bike parking, but your bike can often travel with you.

Taking your bike on public transport

Bikes on ferries

Bikes and scooters travel free with any fare-paying passenger on most services, subject to available space.

Bikes are not permitted on the Harbour Cruise or any services to Department of Conversation (DOC) managed islands, which include Rangitoto Island, Rotoroa Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motutapu Island and Motuihe Island.

To load your bike on the ferry, wheel it on and look for the bike racks or hooks. Using these storage options reduces the risk of your bike falling and causing damage or injury. If there is no available storage, then you can lean your bike against a rail or stand out the way with it. If unsure then observe what other people with bikes do, or ask the ferry staff for assistance.

E-bikes and e-scooters need to be stored on the back deck of the vessel. Due to safety reasons they can’t be stored inside of the cabin because of their lithium batteries.

Bikes on trains

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

Note: Avoid travelling with bikes at peak times. Folding bikes may be taken on board at any time 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, platform markings have been installed at stations to help you board the central carriages with automatic ramps.

Pram & Bike train station platform marking
Image: Green platform markings at the station, indicating where to board the train for passengers with bikes or prams.

Bikes on buses

For safety of the passengers on board of buses only compact folding bikes and scooters are permitted on board, and must be folded down before boarding. Full size bicycles and non-collapsible scooters (including electric)  cannot be brought on board the bus.

Folding bikes and scooters 

Compact, fully folding bike must be folded down before boarding and carried on board by the cyclist.  

Folding bikes must not exceed the dimensions: 82 cm long x 69 cm high x 39 cm wide.
Rims maximum 51cm diameter (about 20 inches).

Kick-bikes that meet the criteria for folding bikes can also be taken on buses.

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