Should I get a Snapper card?
Snapper is cheaper, faster and easier to manage than cash. You can use your Snapper card to pay for your bus travel in the Greater Wellington Region.
Cheaper than cash
You’ll pay at least 25% more using cash than with a Snapper card. You can view up to date fares (set by the Greater Wellington Regional Council) on the Metlink website.
Snapper can save you even more money on your bus travel, with monthly travel passes and concessions.
Faster than cash
Paying with your Snapper card is the quickest way to get on the bus. Just tag your Snapper card to the reader at the front of the bus when you get on. You’ll automatically be charged the right fare when you tag off as you leave the bus.
Easier to manage
No need to carry cash – there’s many ways to top up your Snapper card, wherever you are. Register your card to view your balance and transaction history online, and to protect your Snapper balance if your card is lost or stolen.
Buy a Snapper card
If you’ve already purchased a or travel card, you might be entitled to a free Snapper card. Head to the Metlink website to find out more.
How to use your new Snapper card
1. Register your Snapper card
Registering your Snapper card is the only way to keep your balance safe if your card is lost or stolen. You can also view your balance and transaction history online.
2. Top up your Snapper card
There are many ways to top up your Snapper card – choose the one that suits you best.
- At your nearest self-service kiosk
- At your nearest retailer ($0.25 fee per top up transaction)
- If you’re an Android user, top up from your phone using our Snapper Mobile Android app
- Top up from your computer by purchasing a Snapper Feeder online (RRP $40.00 inc. GST) and downloading the MySnapper app
3. Use your Snapper card on the bus
You’ll need to tag your Snapper card to the reader when you get on the bus, and when you get off. It’s important to tag off, or you’ll be charged the cash fare to end of the line.
Tag your Snapper card to the reader at the front of the bus when you get on. Hold your Snapper card to the Snapper fish on the reader. You’ll hear a beep and see a green tick on the screen to let you know you’ve tagged on.
As you leave the bus, tag off at the back the same way you tagged on and you’ll automatically be charged the right amount. The reader will display the total fare and your current balance if it’s under $10.00.
The readers give you important messages about your Snapper card and journey.