Bus lanes

Bus lanes separate buses from other traffic so they can efficiently transport people around the city. It’s one of the ways we keep the city moving and support sustainable transport options like public transport.

Using a bus lane

Did you know buses, motorbikes, bicycles and taxis can use bus lanes? Look for signs to know when you can use these lanes. 

Note that a bus only lane are for buses only. Check for signs always.

The two types of lanes are bus lane and bus only lane

Bus lane

Bus lanes are used on wider roads with many side streets, traffic or parking lanes on either side. These allow all traffic (non-buses) to share the bus lanes and vehicles can pass each other. 

Lane marking and sign Who can use the lane
 Lane markings and signs that indicate that buses, taxis and cyclists can use the lane. Buses, motorbikes, taxis and cyclists only at all times.
 Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane between four and six pm between Monday and Friday. Buses, motorbikes, taxis and cyclists can use this lane during the time listed on the sign.







All vehicles can use the lane outside the times and days listed on the sign.







Example: Only buses, motorbikes, taxis and cyclists can use this lane between 4–6pm Monday to Friday.







When can other vehicles use a bus lane

Drivers can use a bus lane for the minimum distance required to:

  • make a turn
  • leave a road
  • enter a marked lane, or traffic from the road side
  • enter a marked lane, or traffic from another marked lane
  • park in a place clear of a special vehicle lane
  • enter a specified stopping place or loading zone to pick up or drop off people, or goods.

This diagram shows how to use a bus lane. The black lines show your vehicle path and the dark green boxes show the area you can use.

When using the lane you must:

  • only use it to complete the manoeuvre and for no more than 50 metres (half the length of a rugby field)
  • give way to buses entitled to use the lane, or cyclists where allowed
  • not stop or park, unless there are signs saying this is allowed. Normal parking rules apply.
Graphic image detailing where and when a car can enter a bus lane.

A bus lane

Bus only lane

Bus only lanes are placed in sections of roads where vehicles are unable to stop, turn or pass each other.

 Lane marking and sign  Who can use the lane
Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane.

Buses only at all times.

No other vehicles allowed at any time, including motorbikes, taxis and cyclists.

Lane markings and signs that indicate that only buses can use the lane between four and six pm between Monday and Friday.

Buses only during the times listed on the sign.

All other vehicles can use the lane outside the times and days listed on the sign.

Example: Only buses can use this lane between 6am–7pm Monday to Friday.



Where the bus lanes are

 Street Lane  Type Operational 
 Hataitai Bus Tunnel

 Both directions between Pirie St & Waitoa Rd

 Bus only, both directions, registered passenger services only

 At all times

Adelaide Rd east side

Southbound Basin Reserve to Hospital Rd

Bus Lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and Motorcycles)

4pm-6pm Mon-Fri

Adelaide Rd west side

Northbound John St to Basin Reserve

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

7am-9am Mon-Fri

Chaytor St

Southbound (downhill) from Old Karori Rd to Birdwood St

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

At all times Mon-Fri

Glenmore St

Southbound (uphill) from The Rigi to Upland Rd 

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

4pm-6pm Mon-Fri

Kaiwharawhara Rd

Heading towards Hutt Rd for 475m

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

7am-9am Mon-Fri

Thorndon Quay

Southbound centre lane from Moore St to Mulgrave St

Bus only

At all times

Mulgrave St

Southbound, Kate Sheppard Pl to Lambton Quay

Bus only

At all times

Lambton Quay

Southbound Mulgrave St to Bunny St

Bus only

At all times

Lambton Quay

Southbound Whitmore St to Brandon St

Bus lane (buses, bicycles and motorcycles)

At all times

Lambton Quay

Southbound Brandon St to Hunter St

Bus Only

At all times

Lambton Quay

Northbound Grey St to Bowen St

Bus lane (buses, bicycles and motorcycles)

At all times

Lambton Quay

Northbound Bowen St to Mulgrave St

Bus only

At all times

Hunter St

Eastbound Lambton Quay to Customhouse Quay

Bus only

At all times

Customhouse Quay

Southbound Hunter St to Williston St

Bus only

At all times

Willis St

Southbound Willeston St to Manners St

Bus only

At all times

Manners St south side

Westbound Cuba to Victoria St

Bus only

At all times

Manners St south side

Westbound Victoria St to Willis St

Bus only

At all times

Manners St north side

Eastbound Willis St to Victoria St

Bus only

6am-7pm Monday-Friday

Manners St north side

East bound Victoria St to Cuba St

Bus only

At all times

Manners St north side

Eastbound Cuba St past Opera House/Lukes Lane to Taranaki St

Bus only

At all times

Kent Terrace

East side, southbound Elizabeth St to Basin Reserve

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

4pm-6pm Mon-Fri

Cambridge Terrace

North bound (roadway lane next to parking spaces) Barker St to Courtenay Place

Bus lane (buses, taxis, bicycles and motorcycles)

7am-9am Mon-Fri

We monitor bus lane use

If a parking officer sees a driver using a lane illegally, the vehicle owner may receive a $150 instant infringement. We are doing this so buses can travel more efficiently and take passengers to their destinations faster.

Using the lane illegally means:

  • Driving in a bus only lane or exceeding the maximum distance in a bus lane.
  • Parking or stopping on an active bus lane or bus only lane during the sign posted times.

Not the driver?

If the vehicle owner was not the driver, they can transfer the infringement to the driver by making a statutory declaration using the Driver Nomination/Appeal Form (50KB PDF)

More info

Questions and comments about bus lanes 

parkingoperations@wcc.govt.nz or phone 04 4994444

Fines and notices  parkingresolutions@wcc.govt.nz
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Parking Services

Phone 04 801 3040
Postal Address PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
Street Address Ground Floor, 101 Wakefield Street (Civic Square)
Hours
Monday – Friday

8am – 5pm