Capital Connection

The Capital Connection is a commuter service operated by KiwiRail that runs weekdays between Palmerston North and Wellington.

Capital Connection on a winter morning in Wellington J Chaung


Important Notice

Face coverings protect us all against COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to wear one whenever travelling to help keep New Zealand safe. 



Wellington returns to COVID-19 Alert Level 1

With Wellington returning to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 on Tuesday 22 September, the Capital Connection will return to normal. However, please note:

  • The café will be open from the afternoon or Tuesday 22 September onwards
  • Normal fares apply
  • You should not travel if you: have been requested to self-isolate/quarantine, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  • You cannot travel, if the travel would breach an order/direction made under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 or the Health Act 1956. This will likely be the case if: you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas in the last 14 days, or you have otherwise individually received (from a Medical Officer of Health) a direction under s 70(1)(f) of the Health Act 1956


Keeping clean, keeping safe

During these times of high alert, we ask that all passengers respect current hygiene advice by keeping their hands clean and by coughing and sneezing into the pit of their elbow. 

However, most importantly, we ask that you stay home if you are feeling unwell. For the safety of your fellow passengers and crew, we will be looking for signs of illness and will not carry anyone who may be infected.


Protecting Against Regional Spread of COVID-19

The Capital Connection is an inter-regional service and we have a duty to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 along its route. 

For this reason, the following people are not allowed to travel:

  • Anyone arriving from overseas in the past 14 days
  • Anyone who is a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case
  • Anyone who has been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 case 
  • Anyone suffering any flu-like symptoms, including (but not limited to) fever, cough, sneezing and feeling tired



Staying up to date!

For latest arrival and departure times:
  • Call 0800 ARRIVAL (0800 277 482) and select option 7
For general enquiries email:
Text alert service:


Capital Connection timetable

Palmerston North to Wellington Dep/Arr Wellington to Palmerston North  Dep/Arr
Palmerston North  6.15am Wellington 5.15pm
Shannon 6.38am Paraparaumu 6.03pm
Levin 6.53am Waikanae 6.10pm
Otaki 7.13am Otaki 6.22pm
Waikanae 7.25am Levin 6.42pm
Paraparaumu 7.32am Shannon 6.57pm
Wellington 8.20am Palmerston North 7.20pm

Please note: The Capital Connection does not operate on Public Holidays or over the Christmas & New Year holiday period between the dates of Thursday 24 December 2020 through to Monday 11 January 2021.


Capital Connection Fares

The cheapest way to travel on the Capital Connection is by purchasing a monthly travel pass or ten trip pass.

For current fares please view the fare guide.

Tickets can be purchased from:

  • Wellington Railway Station - Bunny Street (View Map)
  • Waikanae Station - Main Road (View Map)
  • Paraparaumu Station, Amohia Street (View Map)
  • Palmerston North i-SITE - The Square, Palmerston North (View Map

Alternatively you can purchase your ticket on board.


Please note:
  • Metlink tickets and school passes are not accepted on the Capital Connection
  • Seats are not guaranteed
  • Fares are subject to change without notice


Concession Fares

Discounted concession fares are available for:

  • Children aged 5–15 years inclusive
  • Full-time Secondary students in uniform or with a current school ID
  • Full-time studying Tertiary students with a current Tertiary ID
  • SuperGold card holders

Appropriate ID must be carried if you intend to travel on concession fares.


Groups & Schools

Discounted group prices are available for groups over 10 people, with quotes available on request.

To make a booking on the Capital, simply contact the Group Travel Coordinator 10 days prior to travel. Group bookings are subject to availability.

Group Booking Contact:


Other Information


Bicycles can be conveyed on the Capital Connection in the baggage van subject to space availability. Please make yourself known to the Train Manager as they will place your bicycle onboard.


Conventional and motorised wheelchairs can be conveyed on the Capital Connection subject to space availability. Mobility scooters are unable to be conveyed due to the weight and space constraints.


  • Baggage allowance is two items per person, maximum weight 20kg per item.
  • Size must be no more than 200 linear cm (height plus length plus width)
  • Hand baggage may be taken on board, with larger items stored in the baggage van.