Auckland Transport

Bus & transit priority lanes Bus & transit priority lanes

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


Changes to hours of operation

Over the next year, we are changing the hours that bus and transit lanes operate across Auckland.

Currently, lanes operate at inconsistent times and don't always align with peak travel times. Population growth in Auckland is significantly increasing the number of people on the roads, leading to longer periods of peak traffic conditions.

With the introduction of the new public transport network, Auckland needs more consistent operating hours to reduce delays and ensure more consistent journey times, which will in turn facilitate increasing the frequency of bus services.

With a few exceptions, the new standard hours of operation will be:

 Lane location

Old hours

New hours

City Centre

Varies

24/7

Grafton Bridge

7am to 7pm

No change

North Shore Transit Lanes

6.30 to 9am and 4 to 6pm

6.30 to 10am and 4 to 7pm

Elsewhere

7 to 9am and 4 to 6pm

7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm


Lanes in central Auckland

Anzac Avenue

Citybound

24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Beach Road to Waterloo Quadrant / Alten Avenue.

Outbound

24 hours, Monday to Friday,

Beach Road to Waterloo Quadrant / Alten Avenue.

Broadway Newmarket - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

425 Broadway to 277 Broadway

Outbound

7am to 10am and 4 to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

370 Broadway to 500 Broadway

Dominion Road

Citybound

7am to 10am.

Outbound

4pm to 7pm.

Donovan Street - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

56 Donovan St to 88 Donovan St

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

Fanshawe Street

Citybound

24 hours.

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

Outbound

24 hours.

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

Monitoring the Fanshawe Street bus lane

We are using CCTV cameras to actively monitor all vehicles travelling in the Fanshawe Street bus lane. Vehicle infringements will be issued to unauthorised vehicles driving in these lanes. If you need to enter the bus lane to turn left, this can be done up to 50 metres from your turn.

The Fanshawe St bus lanes operate 24/7 and no stopping is permitted.

Grafton Bridge

Citybound and outbound

7am to 7pm, 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 Rd: New Lynn to Avondale - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Veronika St to Avondale Roundabout

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

1843 Great North Rd to Ash St

Outbound

4pm to 7pm.

Larch St to Veronika St

Great North Rd: Point Chevalier - Ponsonby

Citybound

7am to 10am.

1177 Great North Rd to 79 Great North Rd

Outbound

4pm to 7pm.

110 Great North Rd to 1180 Great North Rd

Great South Road

Citybound

7am to 10am.

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

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Great South Rd between Campbell Rd and Greenlane West.

Outbound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Great South Rd between Greenlane East and Woodbine Ave.

Halsey Street

24 hours.

Hobson Street

24 hours.

Karangahape Road - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

351 Karangahape Rd to 269 Karangahape Rd

Khyber Pass Road - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

417 Khyber Pass Rd to 371 Khyber Pass Rd

Outbound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

262 Khyber Pass Rd to 446 Khyber Pass Rd

Manukau Road -- T3 lane

Citybound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.

Pukenui Rd to Owens Rd

Outbound

4pm to 7pm.

Owens Rd to Pukenui Rd

Mt Eden Road

Citybound

7am to 10am.

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Between Batger and Oaklands.

New North Road - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

401 New North Rd to 319 New North Rd

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

310 New North Rd to 394 New North Rd

Pah Road - T3 lane

Citybound

7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Trafalgar St to Greenwoods Cnr

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Greenwoods Cnr to Trafalgar St

Park Road

Citybound

7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Carlton Gore Road to Grafton Road.

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road.

Outbound

7am to 7pm. Monday to Friday.

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road.

Parnell Rise

Citybound

24 hours.

Carlaw Park Avenue to Stanley Street.

Parnell Road - Bus lane

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

446 Parnell Rd to 538 Parnell Rd

Ponsonby Road - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Opp 50 Ponsonby Rd to 1 Ponsonby Rd

Quay Street - Bus lanes

Citybound

6am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Between The Stand and Commerce Street.

24 hours.

Central Ln between Lower Albert St and Queen Elizabeth Sq.

Queen Street

Outbound

24 hours, 7 days.

500 Queen St to 520 Queen St.

Sandringham Road

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Between Watson Ave and Leslie Ave; between Ethel St and opposite Onslow Ave.

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Between Burnley Tce and Lancing Rd; between Patterson St and Tranmere Rd; between Harwood St and Parry St.

Sturdee Street - T2 lane

Citybound

24 hours, 7 days.

Market Place Intersection to 15 Sturdee St.

Citybound (1)Symonds Street

24 hours.

Karangahape Rd to Airedale St; Airedale St to St Pauls St; Alfred St to Waterloo Quad.

Citybound (2)

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

From No 83 New North Rd to 135 Symonds St

Outbound

24 hours.

Alten Rd 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.

Victoria Street West

24 hours.

Vincent Street

Citybound

24 hours

Opp 156 Vincent St to 101 Vincent St.

Wellesley Street West

24 hours.

Lanes in east Auckland

Ellerslie-Panmure Highway

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

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

Remuera Road T3 lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

757 Remuera Rd to 55 Remuera Rd

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

62 Remuera Rd to 774 Remuera Rd

St Johns Rd - Bus lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Gerard Way to 35 St Johns Rd

Tamaki Drive - T2 lane

Citybound

7am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Kitemona St to Ngapipi Rd

Lanes in north Auckland

Get a map of transit lanes in Northern Auckland (PDF 536KB)

Albany Highway - T2 lanes

Citybound

7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday

From Bush/Schnapper Rock Rd to Albany Expressway

Outbound

7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday

From Albany Expressway to Bush/Schnapper Rock Rd.

Akoranga Drive - T2 lanes

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday

From 2 Akoranga Dr to opposite 90 Akoranga Dr.

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday

From opposite 90 Akoranga Dr to 3 Akoranga Dr

Constellation Drive - T2 Lanes

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Opp 1 Centorian to 55 Constellation Dr.

Outbound

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

42 Constellation Dr to 8 Constellation Dr.

East Coast Road - T2 lane

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

231 East Coast Rd to opp 258 East Coast Rd.

Forrest Hill Road - T2 lane

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Opp 268 Forrest Hill Rd to 17 Forrest Hill Rd.

Fred Thomas Drive - Bus lane

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

2 Fred Thomas Dr to opp 37 Fred Thomas Dr.

Lake Road

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Kororo Street and Onewa Road.

Northern Busway

Buses only, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The Northern Busway runs alongside the Northern Motorway, from Constellation Drive to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Onewa Road

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Birkenhead Avenue and Sylvan Avenue.

4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Church Street and Birkenhead Avenue.

Shakespeare Road - T2 lane

Citybound

6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

6 Shakespeare Rd to 124 Shakespeare Rd.

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 - T2 lanes

Citybound

7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday

Ashgrove Rd to 125 Bader Dr.


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport