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Bus service and timetable

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GizzyBus operates 2 buses from the city centre to outer suburbs Monday to Friday 7am - 5.15pm.  The bus terminal is on the corner of Bright Street and Gladstone Road in the CBD.

We have no weekend or public holiday service.

No service is provided for rural or coastal townships.

For the school bus service, visit the Waka Kura page

  • Adult - one way $2.20 cash, $2.06 with smartcard
  • Child - one way $1.60 cash, $1.54 with smartcard
  • Under 5s - free
  • SuperGold - free between 9am - 3pm. Just show your card to the driver when boarding.
  • Same day continuous transfer is free.

A child fare is ages 5-15 inclusive, or still at school.  A high school student not in school uniform just needs to show their student ID.

Transfer free from one GizzyBus to another on the same journey - you just need to keep your ticket to show the driver.

Free transfers do not apply to return journeys it must be a continuous journey.

Bus timetable

Download a copy of the timetable

Bus routes

Route 1A. City - Hospital - Te Hapara - City

For all the stops along the route - see Timing Stops for Route 1A [PDF, 779 KB]
Bus drivers will try to keep to the times. But be aware the bus may be running a few minutes early or late, depending on traffic. The departure times from the city centre will always be on time.

  AMAM PMPMPM
LeavesBright Street7.459.4511.451.453.455.10
viaBallance Street7.559.5511.551.553.555.20
 Hospital8.0510.0512.052.054.055.30
Aberdeen Rd
Te Wiremu
8.1510.1512.152.154.155.45
ArrivesBright Street8.3010.3012.302.304.305.55

Route 1B. City - Desmond Rd - Elgin - City

For all the stops along the route seeTiming Stops for Route 1B [PDF, 807 KB]
Please note these timing stops are not guaranteed.

  AMAMAMPMPMPM
LeavesBright Street7.008.4510.4512.452.455.15
viaDesmond Road7.108.5510.5512.552.555.25
 Rugby Park7.209.0511.051.053.055.35
 Elgin Shops7.309.1511.151.153.155.45
ArrivesBright Street7.459.3011.301.303.306.00

Route 2A. City - Kaiti - Tamarau - City

For all the stops along the route seeTiming Stops for Route 2A [PDF, 839 KB]
Bus drivers will try to keep to the times. But be aware the bus may be running a few minutes early or late, depending on traffic. The departure times from the city centre will always be on time.

  AMAMAM AM  PMPMPMPM
LeavesBright Street7.459.009.4510.4511.4512.451.453.455.10
viaKaiti Mall7.559.109.5510.5511.5512.551.553.555.20
 Heath Johnston
Park
8.059.2010.0511.0512.051.052.054.055.30
 De Lautour
Shops
8.209.3510.2011.2012.201.202.204.205.45
ArrivesBright Street8.309.4510.3011.3012.301.302.304.305.55

Route 2B. City - Elgin - Hospital - City

For all the stops along the route see Timing Stops for Route 2B [PDF, 819 KB]
Please note these timing stops are not guaranteed. 

  AMAMAMAM PMPMPMPM
LeavesBright
Street
7.008.459.4510.4511.4512.451.452.455.15
viaYMCA7.058.50 9.5010.5011.5012.501.502.505.20
 Elgin
Shops 
7.159.00 10.0011.0012.001.002.003.005.30
 Hospital7.309.15 10.1511.1512.151.15 2.153.155.45
ArrivesBright
Street
7.459.30 10.3011.3012.301.30 2.303.306.00

Bus routes on GIS map

About smartcards, bikes and pushchairs

Smartcard are prepay travel cards that can be used on GizzyBuses and Waka Kura buses.

Waka Kura student cards cannot be used on GizzyBus fares.

You can buy a card at Paper Plus or the GoBus office, 34 Banks Street.

All buses will accept cash.

Top up your smartcard - Transportme app

With the Transportme Passenger app on your smart phone, you can check your balance and top up. It also shows you when the bus will arrive at your stop.

To can also add credit to your smartcard at Paper Plus or the GoBus office.

Download the Transportme Passenger app

The app is available to download for Android and Apple devices.

Where can I buy a smartcard?

You can buy a smartcard at Paper Plus Gisborne or at the Go Bus office at 34 Banks Street. The Go Bus is open Monday-Friday 8am - 4.30pm.

How to pay for a fare using a smartcard

Once you board the bus, tap your smartcard over the reader and your fare is deducted from your card's balance.

How to top up a smartcard

It's better to top up using the Transportme app.
You can also pay by cash or EFTPOS at Paper Plus Gisborne or at the Go Bus offices, note the added amount won't appear until the next day. 
The minimum recharge is $10.

Does the balance on a smartcard expire?

No, there's no expiry on a smartcard balance.

If I damage my smartcard, can I get a replacement?

Yes, but there's a cost of $6

Any card that's damaged or can't be read by the card reader device will cost $6 to replace.

The available credit on a smartcard is non-refundable. The balance can be transferred to a new card, but needs to be done at the Go Bus office.

GizzyBuses are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Please let the driver know that you require assistance and an accessibility ramp will be lowered for you. There's pushchair and wheelchair space allocated on the bus.

Put your bike on the bus

All GizzyBuses are fitted with bike racks.  There's no extra cost to put your bike on a GizzyBus.  You're responsible to load and unload your own bike, just signal the driver that you want to use the bike rack.