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