Train – Auckland Airport to City Center

Though nowadays there is no way to get directly from Auckland Airport to the city center by train, a project to connect both destinations is on the table, since 2010 former mayor of Auckland Len Brown promised a rail link to the airport during his last election campaign as a measure to double public transport figures by the next 15 years.

The project

On 2010, the planning study for the project began and an official name was given: South Western Airport Multi Modal Corridor Project.

On mid-late 2016, there was a dichotomy between Auckland’s Airport Company and the government regarding if there will be necessary to develop a bus station compared to a light rail station since there was also a discussion between which option is the suitable for the project, if a light rail or a heavy rail, and a new domestic terminal is projected to be constructed in 2021.

Auckland Airport to City Center by Train – 380 Airporter Bus

You can get from Auckland Airport to the City Center by this bus line, which lets you connect with Papatoetoe Train Station and by this way get to Auckland city center.

Bus: First you need to pick up the bus on any of both terminals, either International or Domestic, and get off at Papatoetoe Train Station. Trip will normally take 20 minutes. Opening hours: 5 am – 11.30 pm every 30 minutes.
Train: Then, take either Southern, Eastern or Onehunga rail lines to get to the city center and take off at Britomart Transport Centre. Ride will take 36 minutes. Opening hours: 5 am to 10 pm every 15 minutes.

City Center to Auckland Airport

You can take a train from either Britomart or Onehunga station, since the departure is the same, and take off at Papatoetoe Station. Then you just need the ride 308 Airporter Bus until Domestic or International Terminal.

Fares

Regarding the prices, there’s a special transport card, AT HOP, which you can get in order to ride any mean of transport in Auckland for a more economic fares:

- 380 Airporter Bus: One-way ($1.85), without AT HOP card: $3.50. Children: one-way ($0.99), without AT HOP card: $2.00. You need to choose 1 zone ticket.

- Train: One-way ($4.85), without AT HOP card: $7.00, Children: one-way ($2.78), without AT HOP card: $4,00. You need to choose 3 zone ticket.

AT HOP card fares


You can use this card to ride in either trains, ferries and buses in Auckland:

Total purchase of a AT HOP card is of $10. Minimum amount charge is of $5.

You can purchase it online or in person at AT Customer Service Center, ticket office or AT HOP retailer, located in any public transport station or terminal.

By using AT HOP you can save a 20% off total ticket cost.