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Bus & transit lanes

Bus and transit lanes reduce congestion and speed up travel times by separating buses and vehicles with more than a single occupant.

Buses driving on the dedicated busway

Bus lanes

Bus lanes separate buses from other traffic, enabling them to bypass traffic congestion so they have shorter journey times and can keep to their timetables. This encourages more people to use buses, which in turn, means fewer cars on the road.

Some bus lanes, like the Northern Busway, are dedicated roads completely separate to those used by cars. Other lanes on major roads come into operation during peak hours to make room for buses.

Vehicles are not allowed on a bus lane during active periods.

Key facts:

  • On the Northern Busway, 1 bus = 50 cars
  • In Fanshawe Street, bus lanes alone remove 8,300 cars from the morning peak traffic.

Over the next three years, Auckland Transport will continue to make improvements for buses and their passengers on all major arterial routes.


Transit lanes

A transit lane is reserved for the use of the following vehicles (unless specifically excluded by a sign installed at the start of the lane):

  • Motor vehicles carrying not less than the number of people (including the driver) specified on the sign, e.g. T2 is for any vehicle that has two or more occupants
  • Passenger service vehicles (including taxis, regardless of whether or not they are carrying passengers)
  • Cycles
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds.

Things to look out for

Bus and transit lane gameAcross Auckland, there are bus lanes and T2 and T3 (transit lanes). Depending on the amount of traffic, these lanes have varying operating times and conditions. All are well sign-posted and marked clearly on the road surface.

Vehicles must not stop or park in any bus or transit lane unless they are permitted to use the lane or the vehicle is an emergency vehicle (ambulance, police car, fire engine etc.) that is being used in an emergency and is operating its beacons.

Motorists can legally enter a bus or transit lane to make a left turn, but can only do so 50 metres before the intersection.

Lanes are regularly monitored by traffic enforcement officers, who will issue a ticket to those vehicles not complying with the conditions of the lane. If you are unsure about whether you can use the lane, it is best to travel in the regular traffic lane.

Bus lanes

  • Bus lanes can be identified by the green-coloured section at the beginning and end (and sometimes sections in between) of the lane
  • Lanes are also marked with roadside signage identifying it as a bus lane and outlining the hours the lane operates. If no times are advertised on the signage, it means the lane operates 24 hours a day
  • Bus lanes are strictly for bus, cycle, motorcycle and moped use during the restriction times (please note: the Northern Busway, from Constellation Drive to the Harbour Bridge, is for buses only).

Transit lanes

  • T2/T3 lanes are indicated by a red hexagonal shape with T2/T3 painted in white on the symbol.
  • Signage applies to transit lanes every 100 metres.

Lane locations and operating times

Priority lanes for carpooling

The location of all existing priority lanes, priority parks and transit lanes for the Auckland region (PDF 2MB).

Bus and transit lanes in central Auckland

Where the times and/or the days are not specified on the signs, the lane operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Anzac Avenue

Citybound

24 hours - Monday to Friday

Beach Rd to Waterloo Quadrant  / Alten Ave.

Outbound

24 hours - Monday to Friday

Beach Rd to Waterloo Quadrant  / Alten Ave.

Broadway Newmarket

Citybound

7 - 9 am & 4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Outbound

7 - 9 am & 4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Dominion Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am

Outbound

4 - 6 pm

Donovan Street

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Bus lane on the northern side of Donovan Street in Blockhouse Bay, runs from the bus stop west of Rathlin Street, to the bus stop west of Boundary Road.

In addition, new right turn bays have been installed on Donovan Street at the following intersections: Lewis St, McFadzean Drive, Shipton Place.

Ellerslie-Panmure Highway

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Main Highway, 170m bus lane on the approach to the intersection of Great South Rd, Main Highway, Campbell Rd  & Wairakei Rd.

Fanshawe Street

Citybound

24 hours

Fanshawe St, from Daldy St to just west of Customs Street West.

Outbound

24 hours

Fanshawe St, between west of Albert Street to east of Halsey Street.

Grafton Bridge

Citybound and outbound

7 am - 7 pm - Monday to Friday

These operating times apply year round (including public holidays). During the specified operating times the bridge is closed to traffic other than buses, cyclists, motorcyclists and emergency services. All other times the bridge is open to general traffic.

Great North Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am

Pt Chevalier Shops to St Lukes Rd; Western Springs interchange to Bond St (excluding Grey Lynn shops); Bond St to the Ponsonby Rd intersection.

Outbound

4 - 6 pm

Burns St to Bond St; Northland St to Crummer Rd ; Surrey Cres to the Bullock Track ; Turangi Rd to St Lukes Rd ; St Lukes Rd to Parr Rd North.

Great South Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am

Great South Rd, between Greenlane Rd West and Ngaire Ave.

7 - 9 am & 4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Great South Rd between Campbell Rd and Greenlane West.

Outbound

7 - 9 am & 4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Great South Rd between Greenlane East and Woodbine Ave.

Karangahape Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Between Day St and Pitt St.

Khyber Pass Road

Citybound and outbound

7 - 9 am & 4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Mt Eden Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am

Outbound

4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

4.30 - 5.30 pm

Between Batger and Oaklands.

New North Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Between Bond Street and Mostyn Street.

Outbound

4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Between Ace Place and opposite New Bond Street.

Park Road

Citybound

24 hours

Carlton Gore Road to Grafton Road

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road

Outbound

24 hours

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road

Parnell Rise

Citybound

24 hours

Carlaw Park Ave to Stanley St

Ponsonby Road

City bound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Towards Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Road, eastern side between Hopetoun Street and Karangahape Road.

Quay Street

Citybound

6 - 10 am - Monday to Friday

Between The Stand and Commerce Street.

24 hours

Central Lane between Lower Albert Street and Queen Elizabeth Square.

Queen Street

Outbound

3 - 7 pm - Monday to Friday

City Road to Karangahape Road

Remuera Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

  • Between Blackett Crescent and Upland Road: T3 transit lane (there must be at least 3 occupants in the vehicle)
  • Between Market Road and Broadway: T3 transit lane.

Outbound

4 - 6pm - Monday to Friday

  • Between St Marks Road and Market Road: T3 transit lane
  • Between Upland Road and Blackett Crescent: T3 transit lane.

Sandringham Road

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Between Watson Avenue and Leslie Avenue; between Ethel Street and opposite Onslow Avenue.

Outbound

4 - 6 pm - Monday to Friday

Between Burnley Terrace and Lancing Road; between Patterson St and Tranmere Road; between Harwood Street and Parry Street.

Symonds Street

Citybound (1)

24 hours

Karangahape Road to Airedale Street; Airedale Street to St Pauls Street; Alfred Street to Waterloo Quadrant.

Citybound (2)

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Green-coloured lane between Charlotte Street on New North Road and Alex Evans St on Symonds Street.

Outbound

24 hours

Alten Road to Grafton Bridge.

Green-coloured lane between Symonds Street motorway off-ramp and the intersection with Khyber Pass Road.

Guidelines for cyclists are also marked out on the Symonds Street approach to the Khyber Pass Road intersection.

Tamaki Drive

Citybound

7 - 9 am - Monday to Friday

Between Kelly Tarlton's and Ngapipi Road: T2 transit lane (there must be at least 2 occupants in the vehicle).

Vincent Street

Citybound

6 - 10 am - Monday to Friday

Pitt Street to Cook Street.


Bus and transit lanes in north Auckland

The Northern Busway, which runs alongside the Northern motorway from Constellation Drive to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, is a purpose-built road for the use of buses only, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bus and transit lanes also operate on the following major roads:

  • Constellation Drive
  • Forrest Hill Road
  • Fred Thomas Drive
  • Shakespeare Road
  • East Coast Road
  • Northcote Centre
  • Akoranga Drive
  • Onewa Road - see Onewa Road corridor upgrade
  • Lake Road
  • Woodside Avenue

Detailed map of the North Shore transit lanes (PDF 536KB)

Bus and transit lanes in south Auckland

Bus advance areas and/or bus lanes operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the following roads:

  • Pakuranga Road
  • Ti Rakau Drive
  • Great South Road
  • Bader Drive

On road and street signage clearly indicates these areas, however if you would like more detailed information, this can be found in the bylaws.


Bus and transit lane-marking trial

The lane-marking trial on various main roads around Auckland has finished.

The trial changes, aimed at helping motorists identify the entry point where they can move into a bus/transit lane in order to turn left at an intersection, have been reviewed and support the use of:

  • a solid green line, adjacent to the solid white line, demarcating a bus or transit lane
  • a broken green/white line 50 metres before an intersection (the maximum point where motorists can legally enter a bus/transit lane to make a left turn)
  • LED pavement markers to improve clarity of special vehicle lanes.

The trial has also shown that the symbol-based exemption sign should not be used.

AT will be re-marking all bus and transit lanes to these new standards in 2015.


Auckland Transport operates its bus and transit lanes in full compliance with national legislation and associated bylaw provision. The bylaws from the legacy councils are carried through to Auckland Transport within the provision of the Local Goverment (Auckland Council) Act 2009.

For more details about bus lane provisions and conditions of use, please check out:


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