New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 2) : Taking A 380 Airporter Bus from Auckland Airport to Britomart Transport Centre (via Papatoetoe Train Station)

My first day in Auckland, New Zealand was relatively fuss-free and pleasant. I got from one place to another, namely Auckland Airport to Britomart Transport Centre located in Auckland Central Business District (CBD) easily via public transport, namely the 380 Airporter Bus. 😀

 

380 Airporter Bus – The Cheapest Way to Travel to/from Auckland Airport

According to the friendly and helpful personnel on duty at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in Auckland Airport, the cheapest, but not necessarily the fastest way to travel from the airport to Britomart Transport Centre located in Auckland Central Business District (CBD) is by the 380 Airporter Bus.

The fastest option would be taking a SkyBus, but it costs more – from $18 one way for an adult. Because I was not in a hurry and wanted to save some money, I opted for the 380 Airporter. The 380 Airporter operates between Manukau and Onehunga via Papatoetoe Train Station to Auckland Airport.

The busses depart every 30 minutes in both directions between the Airport and Manukau City and operate 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Tickets are available from the bus driver and AT HOP Cards are accepted on all Airporter busses using a tag on and tag off function.

 

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Using my AT HOP card for the very first time by taking a 380 Airporter bus from Auckland Airport to Britomart Transport Centre (via Papatoetoe Train Station)
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Taking a 380 Airporter bus is the cheapest way to travel from Auckland Airport to Britomart Transport Centre (via Papatoetoe Train Station)

 

380 Airporter from Auckland Airport to Britomart Transport Centre (via Papatoetoe Train Station)

With my AT HOP card in hand preloaded with a sufficient amount of money, I made my way outside towards the bus stop located on the right hand side of the airport’s entrance. There, I patiently waited for a 380 Airporter bus to arrive and take me to my destination.

I waited for approximately 20 minutes before one arrives and boarded the bus. To get to Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland Central Business District (CBD), I had to drop off at Papatoetoe Train Station and catch a train to the city centre.

 

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Papatoetoe Train Station in Auckland, New Zealand
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Papatoetoe Train Station in Auckland, New Zealand
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Papatoetoe Train Station in Auckland, New Zealand

 

Taking a Train at Papatoetoe Train Station, Auckland

From the bus stop, I crossed the road and made my way towards Papatoetoe Train Station. At the train station, the trains arriving at Platform 1 take passengers to Britomart whereas the trains arriving at Platform 2 take passengers to Manukau, Papakura and Pukekohe.

As a reminder, all AT Hop card holders must tag on their cards at the designated machine before boarding the train, and tag off their cards before leaving the train station. AT HOP top-up and single train tickets can be bought at the designated ticket and top-up machines available at every train stations and from ticket offices. 🙂

It was not long before a train arrives and I boarded the train to Britomart Transport Centre. It is the last stop on the train’s route. Along the journey, an enforcement officer made her rounds to look out for train fare evaders/fare dodgers. For your info, anyone caught travelling without a valid ticket or tagging on an AT HOP card before boarding the train will be charged a penalty fare of $20.

 

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All AT Hop card holders must tag on their cards at the designated machine before boarding the train, and tag off their cards before leaving the train station
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AT HOP top-up and single train tickets can be bought at the designated ticket and top-up machines available at every train stations and from ticket offices
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Waiting for the train to arrive at Papatoetoe Train Station in Auckland, New Zealand
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Reserved seats for the disabled on a public train to Britomart Transport Centre, Auckland
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The spacious and clean interior of a public train travelling to Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland, New Zealand

 

Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland Central Business District (CBD)

Britomart Transport Centre is basically Auckland’s main transportation hub. It is situated at Queen Street, within Auckland Central Business District and is used for both bus and train travel. The transportation hub is modern, spacious and clean.

Like any other transportation hub, there are quite a number of cafes, restaurants and news agents operating within the building. There is a McDonald’s store next to the building and the Auckland Ferry Terminal is just a stone’s throw away from Britomart Transport Centre.

As it was already nightfall, I did not stay longer to check out the place. Instead, I made my way out of the majestic building and onto the streets. There, I met a kind passerby who showed me the way to my hostel. 🙂

 

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A public train stationed at Platform 1, Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland
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Platform 2 at Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland
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The modern, spacious and clean Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland, New Zealand
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Britomart Transport Centre in Auckland, New Zealand
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Britomart Transport Centre is Auckland’s main transportation hub
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The majestic building of Britomart Transport Centre on Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

 

Up next: Checking-in to Nomads Auckland Backpackers Hostel – my abode for a week’s stay in Auckland

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  1. robert says: Reply

    Really useful information and the pictures are very useful. I looked at the Skybus but would prefer an alternative route from Auckland Airport downtown. Many Thanks for your post – much appreciated

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thank you for the feedback and compliment, I appreciate it much. I am delighted to know that it helps you in your travels. Happy travelling and enjoy New Zealand! =)

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