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Palmerston North Passenger Train Services
Suburban Regional Commuter and Long Distance Rail Services
The Capital Connection

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.

Capital Connection train

The Northern Explorer Train  

The 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 capital. 

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 possible views.

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 platform.

The 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 online reservations.

There is no overnight passenger rail or train service between Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park, Hamilton and Auckland.