How to get onboard with Bee Cards
Bee Cards were introduced onto the BUSIT network in July 2020, alongside eight other regions in New Zealand.
Bee Card is a smartcard system that makes bus travel throughout the Waikato (and other participating regions) smarter, easier, and cheaper than cash.
- Bee Cards need to be registered to support contact tracing, to enable online top up, and to protect your balance if you lose your card. You can also manage more than one Bee Card online - your kids’ cards included!
- Registration is quick and can be easily completed online at beecard.co.nz.
- If you need assistance, give us a call on 0800 205 305 or visit us at the Tokoroa Library.
You’ll need to top up with $5 or more to get started. The easiest way to top up is online at beecard.co.nz but you can also top up via 0800 205 305 or at the Tokoroa Library or South Waikato District Council Office.
Passengers will no longer be able to top up cards on the bus.
Have your Bee Card ready to tag on and off the bus.
You’ll hear a beep and then you’re ready to go. The screen will tell you how much credit is left on your card, and when you are running low.
When you tag on and off, the system automatically calculates the lowest fare based on your travel. If you don’t tag off, the system will charge a higher default fare.
- Fare capping will be in use meaning that on a registered Bee Card, once you spend a certain amount each week, from Monday to Sunday, all further bus travel in that zone is free. Simply tag on and off with your Bee Card to activate fare capping.
- A SuperGold Card concession is available on a registered Bee Card. This entitles the card holder to free travel on all services.
- Cash fares are always double the Bee Card fare for that zone