Several bus and shuttle services connect Auckland Airport to central Auckland, listed below in order of convenience:
SkyBus is run by Auckland Airport, and is the most commonly used and convenient bus option to get to central Auckland.
The service has two routes: the nr. 1 goes via Mount Eden Road and the nr. 5 via Dominion Road, after which both routes meet at Queen Street, ending at the SkyBus Hub on 396 Queen Street in central Auckland.
The journey to the SkyBus Hub takes about 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic.
A one-way ticket costs NZD 18 and can be purchased online or at the ticket kiosk at the bus stop (you save NZD 2 if you buy a return ticket online).
The service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with buses leaving every 10-15 minutes during daytime, and every 30 minutes during the night.
You can catch the SkyBus from the international terminal (across from the arrivals gate, on the left-hand side just outside of door 8) as well as the domestic terminal (just outside the terminal, between doors 4 and 5).
• Don't forget to press the 'stop' button before your desired stop (or the bus will simply drive right past it! :) ).
• If you need to get to the lower downtown area of Auckland, you can take a complimentary shuttle from the SkyBus Hub (end point and only stop: Customs Street East).
❯ Airporter 380
The Airporter 380 bus service is another option to get from Auckland Airport, but with these orange-colored buses, you'll need to transfer to a train at Papatoetoe Station in order to reach the center of Auckland. The whole trip (Airporter 380 bus + train) takes about an hour.
A bus ticket costs NZD 3.50 and you can buy it directly from the driver.
During the week, the buses depart from the international terminal every 15-30 minutes from 5:07 AM-10:39 PM (Fridays also from 11:09 PM-00:39 AM), and on weekends and public holidays from 5:12 AM-00:14 AM.
The buses run between Onehunga Transport Centre, Auckland Airport and Manukau Centre (via Papatoetoe Station).
To get to Auckland city center, take the Airporter 380 bus in direction of Manukau Centre and get off at Papatoetoe Station (20-25 minutes). From Papatoetoe Station, you can then get the train (Eastern, Southern or Onehunga line) to Britomart Transport Centre (Auckland's main transportation hub in the city center).
The train trip takes about 30 minutes.
Trains are pretty frequent (departures every 5-10 minutes), and train tickets cost NZD 7. The trains run every day between 5:00 AM-10:00 PM (later on Fridays). You can check the routes, stops and exact train times online.
• Papatoetoe Station area gets a bit dangerous at night, we recommend to avoid this option if you are not tight on budget.
• You can also get bus 31 in direction of either Mangere Town Centre or Botany Town Centre (Auckland suburbs).
SuperShuttle is a popular door-to-door shared ride service. Shared shuttles are cheaper than taxis, but take a bit longer as they make several stops, depending on the number of passengers/destinations. A trip to central parts of Auckland usually takes about an hour.
Ride fares starts at around NZD 35 + an additional NZD 7 for each person in a group (or NZD 113 for a private 11-seater van).
You can book your ride at the SuperShuttle desk in the International Terminal Visitor Information Center, in the domestic terminal, right outside the exit, or online.
• For groups, especially larger ones, it's cheaper to book a SuperShuttle than to take a bus, as rides are cheaper per individual when part of a group than they are for solo passengers.
• Intercity Buses also run out of the airport to the InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal in central Auckland and cities around New Zealand. You can check the timetable and get tickets online.
There's no direct train or metro connection available out of Auckland Airport.
To connect with trains in direction of Britomart Transport Center in central Auckland, take an Airporter 380 bus to Papatoetoe Station.
From Papatoetoe Station, you can then get the train (Eastern, Southern or Onehunga line) to Britomart Transport Centre (Auckland's main transportation hub in the city center). The train trip takes about 30 minutes. Trains are pretty frequent (departures every 5-10 minutes), and train tickets cost NZD 7.
The trains run every day between 5:00 AM-10:00 PM (later on Fridays). You can check the routes, stops and exact train times online.
The whole trip (Airporter 280 bus + train) takes about an hour and costs around NZD 10.50 in total.
Do bear in mind that this isn't the most convenient option, since it requires a transfer and might be pretty impractical if you have a lot of luggage.
You'll find the taxi stands outside of exit gate 8 in the international terminal, and outside of the Jetstar forecourt in the domestic terminal.
A typical taxi trip takes about an hour, depending on traffic.
The trip should cost around NZD 65-75.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies/drivers or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
• If you're traveling with a small group, taking a taxi is a cheaper and more convenient alternative to buses.
• You can also take a shared SuperShuttle (learn more under bus transportation options).
• Ubers are also available at Auckland Airport.
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