Public transport

Work or travelling to the airport? There are several public transport services that operate to and from Auckland Airport. See the options below to determine which service best suits your needs.

SkyBus - Auckland City Centre

SkyBus is part of the largest bus network in Australasia. Providing fast, frequent and affordable airport transfers to/from Auckland City. As flights return to Auckland Airport, so is SkyBus with their world-class service. Operating 365 days per year, their service has remained at the top of 42 transport options for Auckland on Trip Advisor.

Auckland City Express

  • $15 Adult One Way, $28 Adult Return
  • Operates 5am-10pm daily
  • Journey time is approx. 40-50 mins, please allow extra time during peak hours.

Purchase Tickets

  • Buy Online
  • Airport Ticket Kiosks at both International and Domestic kerbside bus stops
  • SkyBus also accepts AT HOP cards
  • To find out more information about timetables and finding a stop closest to you, please visit

Auckland Transport

The Auckland Transport website is where you'll find everything you need to know about getting around Auckland on buses, trains and ferries.

Use the Auckland Transport online journey planner to make every trip easy. The journey planner planner will advise what routes are available, and provide times, fares and maps for your trips. Bus, train and ferry information is also available by phoning the Auckland Transport contact centre on +64 9 366 6400.

Key Auckland Transport routes that service Auckland Airport are:

Train-Bus Services

The AirportLink bus carries passengers between Auckland Airport and Puhinui Station.

You can catch a train from anywhere along the Southern Line and Eastern Line and transfer at Puhinui Station to the AirportLink bus. The AirportLink runs every 10 minutes from 4.30am to 12.40am, 7 days a week.

For details on train timetables, check the Auckland Transport ticketing website.

AirportLink service Airport to Manukau

The AirportLink travels from Manukau to Auckland Airport, via Papatoetoe.

The AirportLink service will run every 15 minutes from 4:35am to 12:40am, seven days a week.

The AirportLink bus will leave from Bus stop B.

Learn more about the AirportLink service.

38 bus service

The 38 bus operates between Onehunga, Mangere Town Centre.

It operates every 15 to 20 minutes, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during the day.

It stops at bus stops located outside both the domestic and international terminals at Auckland Airport.

The 38 bus will leave from Bus stop B.

View the 38 bus timetable and ticket information

Route 31 Bus

Route 31 is a frequent bus service that operates every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. Outside of these hours it runs every 30 minutes.

The 31 bus travels between Botany Town Centre and Mangere Town Centre via the Papatoetoe Train Station. The bus also runs via Otara Interchange (MIT campus), Hunters Corner and Papatoetoe Train Station (on Shirley Rd opposite the station).

You can use the 31 bus to connect to the AirportLink service at Papatoetoe Train Station (on Shirley Rd next to the station) or Mangere Town Centre.

Route 31 - Botany Town Centre to Mangere Town Centre

Simpler Fares

Auckland Transport has introduced a new zone-based public transport system to make fares simpler. The new, Simpler Fares system for all bus and train services (except SkyBus) started on 14 August 2016. Simpler Fares includes a new fare table and a new zone map with colour coded zones across Auckland. Using the table and map it is easy to work out your cash or AT HOP fare no matter which buses or trains you take. With an AT HOP card, you will pay for one entire journey from A to B, instead of paying for each bus or train separately.

Find information about Simpler Fares

New Transport Network for Auckland

Over the next few years, Auckland Transport (AT) is moving to a simpler and more integrated public transport network for Auckland. This will deliver a new network of buses and trains that will change the way people travel.

Other Bus Operators:


Intercity bus passengers can also buy tickets online for their journey to the airport - please visit to book.

General Information

Auckland Airport accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, incompleteness or delays in, or for any reliance by you or any third party on the information provided by the Auckland Transport website.

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