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
  • Use the COVID Tracer App to scan posters when boarding the train
  • Face coverings are mandatory except while consuming food, drink, or medicine
  • Licensed Cafe operating normally 
  • Capital Connection services running as scheduled
  • Use the COVID Tracer App to scan posters when boarding the train
  • Face coverings are mandatory except while consuming food, drink, or medicine
  • Licensed Cafe is closed

Travelling during COVID-19 Alert Level 2

The New Zealand Government has announced that from 06:00 a.m. Sunday 28th February, New Zealand's alert levels will change, with Auckland at Level 3, and the rest of our nation at Level 2. These levels will remain effective for a minimum of 7 days.

The Capital Connection will continue operating normally throughout this period with no seating restrictions. However, face-coverings are now mandatory and physical distancing on platforms should be maintained. 


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


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.


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


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.