The Capital Connection is a regional
passenger commuter train service between
Palmerston North, Levin, Otaki, Waikane and
Wellington with air-conditioned, centrally
heated carriages with large panaromic windows and disable facilities.
As this service commuter rail service, reservations are not required.
Tickets for this train are available from Tranz Metro ticket office -
Wellington Railway Station, Palmerston North Railway Station or from the
Train Manager's on the day of travel.
The Capital Connection train operates one service daily each way (Mon - Fri). There
are no train services on Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays. Travel time from
Wellington to Palmerston North is 2 hours.
For Capital Connection
(Wellington/Levin/Palmerston North) train service
fares and timetables.
There are no passenger train or rail services from Palmerston North to Napier,
Hastings, Gisborne, Wanganui, Rotorua, Taupo, New Plymouth or Tauranga.
Northern Explorer train service
is a rail journey
through the heart of the North Island travelling between
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and
home of the Sky Tower, to
Wellington, New Zealand’s arts and culture
You see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount
Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges – all
from our panoramic windows or open air viewing decks allowing you the best
All carriages on the Northern Explorer train are centrally heated/air
conditioned, with forward facing seats with head rest or 'Table Group' (4
people around a table) seating, with large panoramic
windows giving sweeping views of the magnificent North Island.
The Northern Explorer train has a Café Carriage, offering a range of
alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and view
Northern Explorer is a reserved seating
'One Class/Non-smoking' service.
Northern Explorer does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.
Please click for
timetable information and
There is no overnight passenger rail or train service between Palmerston
North, Ohakune, National Park, Hamilton and Auckland.