Bee Card

Bee Card makes bus travel smarter, easier and cheaper than cash. Bee Card is a pre-paid smartcard used throughout the Bay of Plenty (and other participating regions) to pay for your journey.

Simply tag on when you board the bus by holding your card against the card reader, wait for the beep and green light before taking a seat. When you reach your destination, you do the same to tag off. The cost of the fare and the card balance will be displayed on the card reader at tag off.

Already have a Bee Card? Access your account here.

  1. Get a Bee Card

    Bee cards are available to purchase for $5.00 from:

    • Bus driver
    • Regional Council office
      • Rotorua: Level 2, 1118 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010
      • Tauranga: Regional House, 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga 3110
      • Whakatāne: 5 Quay Street, Whakatāne 3120
  2. Register your card

    Bee Cards need to be registered to add a concession, 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

    If you need assistance, give us a call on 0800 4 BAYBUS (0800 4 229 287) or visit us at the customer service counter at your local Regional Council office.

  3. Top up your card

    The easiest way to top up is online at, you’ll need to top up with $5.00 or more if you get started online. You can also top up at the customer service counter or with cash on the bus from the driver.

  4. Start using your card

    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.

Need more information?

Check out the Bee Card FAQs for more information and Bee Card how to guides for additional support.