Find out how to get around Auckland

Buy or lease a car, make use of the well-connected public transport system,
or commute and explore on our numerous cycleways and walking tracks.


Public transport

A network of buses, trains and ferries connects communities across the region and to key transport hubs in the city centre. Your electronic AT HOP card can be used across all public transport for an easy tap-and-go journey. 

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is well serviced by a train network of 41 stations and multiple lines connecting the region, with new projects underway set to make journeys easier and quicker. The main downtown hub of Waitematā Britomart serves as both a key commuter centre and an easy travel option if you’re heading into the city.


Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around, with regular daily services from suburbs and main centres all over the region. Buses run more frequently during peak hours, and park-and-ride facilities in some areas offer a quicker journey along dedicated busways and bus lanes.


Some Aucklanders are lucky enough to start and finish their day with a scenic ferry ride across the harbour to and from downtown Auckland. Ferries run from several points across Auckland’s north, west and east, as well as Waiheke Island. Sit back, enjoy the sea and city views, and keep an eye out for dolphins.

Private transport

Here’s what you need to know about getting around Auckland by car or bicycle, including getting your New Zealand driver licence, learning the road rules, and how to buy a car.

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Drive on the left

In New Zealand, we drive on the left-hand side of the road. Lane markings are clear, and speed and directional signage are easy to follow. Speed limits are shown in kilometres per hour, not miles. You can learn more about driving rules and travelling safely in Auckland through our official transport authority.

Getting a New Zealand driver licence

If you’re here for more than a year or moving here permanently, and you have a valid overseas driver licence, you can convert it to a New Zealand licence. Some people will need to sit theory or practical tests, but drivers from many countries will be exempt. Check your eligibility and what steps you need to take.

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Buying a car

Buying a new or used car in Auckland is simple. Weigh up factors such as budget, how long you plan to stay, and what other transport options are available in the area you plan to live. Many Aucklanders use public transport for work and a personal vehicle for other travel. Be sure to do your research and shop around.

Cycling and walking

Cycling is a great way to get around, with an increasing number of dedicated cycleways offering an enjoyable way to beat the traffic. If you live and work centrally, you can take a power walk or a leisurely stroll to get to the office. The Auckland region has many superb cycling and walking pathways and trails to enjoy in your down time too.

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