Getting to Palmerston North
You can get to Palmerston North by bus, train or plane.
Based in the middle of The Square, Palmerston North city i-SITE provides a comprehensive, impartial information and booking service for all your New Zealand travel needs.
Travel by bus
All buses arrive and depart from i-SITE during the day and opposite the Courthouse on Main Street at night.
The nationwide bus service provider is Intercity
Travel by train
The Capital Connection is a return service between Palmerston North and Wellington, running Monday to Friday. This train does not run on weekends, public holidays, or over the Christmas and New Year holiday. It provides a convenient commuter service to the capital, or a stress-free travel experience for visitors to either city.
The Capital Connection leaves Palmerston North Railway Station at 6.15am and arrives in Wellington at 8.20am. It departs Wellington at 5.15pm and arrives back in Palmerston North at 7.20pm.
For fare and timetable information please phone Metlink on 0800-801-700 tollfree in New Zealand.
Capital Connection timetable, fares and other information
The Northern Explorer operates between Auckland and Wellington, stopping to pick up and put down passengers in Palmerston North along the way.
The train runs southbound (to Wellington) on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving Palmerston North at 4.20pm. It returns north (to Auckland) on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, leaving Palmerston North at 10am.
Northern Explorer route, fares and timetables
Travel by air
Palmerston North is served by two airline carriers: Air New Zealand and Originair.
Palmerston North Airport