From today, pets are allowed to travel on public transport in Wellington, and they don’t need a ticket.

There are rules however around this. Below are the rules listed on the Metlink website:

Your pet needs to be inside a suitable pet carrier – not just a bag. The carrier can be stored in the luggage space or on your lap. Other things to be aware of:

  • Your pet is your responsibility, including getting on and off the bus or train
  • You can only take your pet during off peak times (9:00am to 3:00pm and after 6:30pm during week days, and all day weekends and public holidays)
  • If the vehicle is crowded, Metlink staff can ask you to wait for the next service
  • If your pet is disrupts other customers you may be asked to get off at the next stop or station.
  • The good news is they travel for free.

Under the new Conditions of Carriage you are able to take your pet on Metlink trains and Wairarapa bus services from 30 April 2018.

This will extend to Hutt Valley Metlink bus services on 17 June 2018 and the full Metlink network on 15 July 2018. Until these dates these bus services are covered by the operators’ conditions of carriage and pets are not permitted except on the harbour ferry services (external link).


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