RWC Fans Travel Free


Public transport will be free to all Rugby World Cup 2011 matches in Auckland for match ticketholders, enabling fans to get to the game quicker.

ARTA chair Rabin Rabindran says the Eden Park component of free public transport for RWC 2011 patrons is being funded by both the Auckland region and the Tournament organisers Rugby New Zealand 2011 .

Auckland’s contribution will come from “within existing budgets.”

Auckland RWC 2011 transport director Bruce Barnard says the free ride to  games will mean people can board more efficiently without passengers having to buy tickets on the bus or train.

“This in turn means faster movement to and from matches which is the name of our game,” says Barnard who has managed transport for major events such as the Australian Grand Prix and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

He says the transport plan for Eden Park’s RWC 2011 matches, which was released last week, aims to get 75% of people out of their cars with the majority of these onto public transport for the finals and 60% for pool matches.

Free public transport for match ticketholders was used for 12,000 using public transport to the 2008 Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park.

Rugby fans arrive at Kingsland for last year's Bledisloe match

The free ride will be available to fans on the production of a RWC 2011 match ticket for rail services within Auckland three hours before the match and three hours after the match.

For special event bus services the free ride will be available three hours before the match and between one to one and a half hours after the match or until all fans have been cleared.

Special event bus services to Eden Park will operate to and from Midtown, North Shore and other selected suburban destinations that include Botany/Pakuranga and Manukau.

Meanwhile bus services to and from North Harbour Stadium will operate from Midtown, Downtown, the North Shore via Takapuna, Orewa, Henderson and other selected suburban destinations including Botany, Pakuranga and Manukau.




  1. Carl says:

    great so we have to pay for it? it should be incorporated into the ticket price like there they do here in western australia, everybody knows they are paying a few $$$ extra when they buy there match tickets, but it also states on the ticket “transport included in price”

    I thin this is what needs to be done before there is a massive backlash…


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