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Service Information:   The Capital Connection train service between Palmerston North/Wellington/Palmerston North is operating to normal timetable

Capital Connection trainThe Capital Connection is a regional passenger commuter train service between Palmerston North, Shannon, Levin, Otaki, Waikanae and Wellington with air conditioned, centrally heated carriages with table and forward facing seating, panoramic windows and disable facilities.

As this is a commuter rail service, reservations are not available. Tickets, 10 trip concession tickets and monthly passes for this train are available from Tranz Metro ticket office - Wellington Railway Station,
Wellington Railway Station, Paraparaumu Railway Station or Palmerston North I-Site in the Square. Tickets only from the Palmerston North Railway Station or the Train Manager on the day of travel.

The Capital  Connection operates one daily service each way - Monday to Friday. There are no services on Saturday, Sunday or New Zealand Public Holidays including Christmas Day.  Travel time from Wellington to Palmerston North is 2 hours.

There are no passenger train services from Palmerston North to Masterton, Napier, Hastings, Wanganui or New Plymouth.

Quick Reference Timetable
(Timetable and Service Information effective from 01 Mar 18)
Service Information: The Capital Connection train service is operating to normal timetable
For regular bus/coach services between Wellington, Otaki, Levin, Shannon and Palmerston North on Saturday and Sunday, please click on the above Bus Services link
  Palmerston North to Wellington   Fares   Wellington to Palmerston North   Fares
      Frequency Adult Consn       Frequency Adult Consn
  Palmerston North - Depart 6.15am         Wellington -Depart 5.15pm      
  Shannon 6.38am MTWTF-- $10.00 $7.00   Paraparaumu 6.03pm MTWTF-- $13.50 $10.00
  Levin 6.53am MTWTF-- $13.50 $9.00   Waikanae 6.10pm MTWTF-- $14.50 $11.00
  Otaki 7.13am MTWTF-- $14.00 $10.00   Otaki 6.22pm MTWTF-- $19.50 $14.00
  Waikanae 7.25am MTWTF-- $19.00 $11.50   Levin 6.42pm MTWTF-- $25.50 $19.00
  Paraparaumu 7.32am MTWTF-- $21.00 $12.50   Shannon 6.57pm MTWTF-- $29.00 $21.00
  Wellington - Arrive 8.20am MTWTF-- $35.00 $25.50   Palmerston North - Arrive 7.20pm MTWTF-- $35.00 $25.50
For all fare, 10 trip, Monthly and 3 Monthly Pass prices and information
  • Frequency Guide: M = Monday  T = Tuesday  W = Wednesday  T = Thursday  F = Friday  S = Saturday  S = Sunday  - = No Service
  • The Capital Connection does not operate on Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day and Public Holidays
  • The Capital Connection is a commuter train service and reservations are not available
  • Concession (Consn) fare is available to children over 5 years and SuperGold card holders. ID is required for children in full school uniform and SuperGold card holders.
  • Child fare is 5 years up to 15 years inclusive.  Adult fare is 15 years and over
  • Infant is 0-4 years is free if sitting on an adult's knee
  • Child under 13 years can not travel without a parent or guardian
  • 10 trip, Monthly and 3 Monthly Passes are available
  • Train tickets are available on the day of travel from the Tranz Metro ticket office - Wellington Railway Station or from the train manager
  • Conventional and electric wheelchairs can be carried on the train. Mobility scooters can not be carried to weight and space constraints
  • Free luggage allowance is two items per person with a maximum weight of 20Kgs per item. Hand baggage can be taken into the carriages with larger items stored in the luggage van
  • Bikes can be carried on the train and are stowed in the luggage van
  • Onboard EFTPOS payment is available
  • Fares and times are for guidance only and may change with out notice
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