Taking The Bus In Rarotonga – Everything You Need To Know
The island of Rarotonga might not be a large place being 32km afround, but unless you have some damn good running shoes and a sporty spirit you are going to need some sort of vechicle. Now, hiring a car or scooter may not be the best option for you, perhaps you are not comfortable on the roads and don’t want to deal with insurance worries. Well, you better learn how to take the bus in Rarotonga.
Riding the bus super easy to do and you can’t get lost as the island is a circle, the bus route will eventually take you back to where you started! This guide to taking the bus in Rarotonga has everything you need to know.
Anti Clockwise or Clockwise?
The majority of the time there will be two buses on the road expect for some exclusions which I will cover later. Two buses going opposite directions on a circular road makes things super easy for us tourist as it is near impossible to not be able to get to your destination.
Depending on where your accommodation is located on the island in comparision to your destaination will determine whether you catch the clockwise or anti clockwise bus. A ten minute bus ride will either take ten minutes or fifty minutes, depending on which bus you take! So just make sure you jump on the correct one.
Monday to Saturday from 7.00am until 5.00pm on the hour.
Monday to Saturday from 6.00pm until 11.00pm on the hour.
Sundays from 8.00am until 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Anti Clockwise Bus:
Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 4.30pm on half past the hour.
Saturday from 8.30am until 1.30pm.
There is no Sunday Night Bus.
Public Holidays run as per the Sunday Day Schedule with the night bus running per normal.
There are no buses on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day and New Years Eve.
Where To Stay In Rarotonga?
In Rarotonga the main area to book accommodation is Muri Beach. Many restaurants, cafes and shops can be found here. Though, the island is relatively small and easy to get around so there should be no real worries no matter where you book. Here are my top picks for accommodation in Rarotonga:
Beach front location with affordable bungalows from $105.00 per night.
With standard rooms from $130.00 you can enjoy life on the beach at an affordable price.
Romantic adults only resort. With rooms from $230.00 per night enjoy luxury in peace.
Set on a private beach this 4 star resort is the perfect getaway from $190.00 per night.
Let’s get the first thing first, island time. Its a thing is Rarotonga and the locals love it, including the bus driver. Though, in saying that they are not going to be too far off the scheducled time. I have even taken bus’s that came early!
Generally speaking, it is best to be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled departure. Also if your bus is for some reason exorbetinely late, dont worry, there will be another one going the other direction soon.
Where To Catch The Bus
There are well over fifty different bus stops depending on which route you are from so you will never be too far away. All major accommodation will often have a bus stop in front of it, as well as popular restaurants. This way you will never have a problem when taking the bus in Rarotonga.
It is very unlikely you will need to walk more than a few metres from your final destination. Just tell the bus driver where you would like to go when you jump on and he will drop you as close as possible.
How Much Is The Bus?
Standard Bus Ticket Prices
Adult: one way $5.00NZD / return $8.00NZD
Child: one way $3.00NZD / return $4.00NZD
Multi Journey Ticket Prices
Hop on Hop Off: Adult $16.00NZD / family $26.00NZD (two adults & two children)
10 Journey Pass: Adult $30.00NZD / child $19.00 NZD
Make sure to check the Bus About Raro website for latest pricing
Click Here for the latest bus schedules for the clockwise, anti clockwise and night route!
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