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The Capital Connection
Wellington - Otaki - Levin - Shannon - Palmerston North
Passenger Commuter Train Service

Wairarapa 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 Public Holidays including Christmas Day.  Travel time from Wellington to Palmerston North is 2 hours.

For further information concerning The Capital Connection (Wellington/Otaki/Levin/Shannon/Palmerston North) train service, please call Metlink on
0800-801-700 tollfree in New Zealand.

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

Quick Reference Timetable
(Timetable effective from 01 May 16)
Capital Connection train service is now operating to the below timetable
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
  • Frequency - 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 and Public Holidays
  • The Capital Connection is a commuter train service and seat reservations are not available
  • Consn (Concession) 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 if fee is sitting on an adult's knee
  • Child under 13 years can not travel without a parent or guardian
  • 10 trip concession tickets, 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
  • Onboard EFTPOS payment is available
  • Conventional and electric wheelchairs can be carried on the train. Mobility scooters can 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
  • Fares and times are for guidance only and may change with out notice