Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd started life as Cook’s Corner Trading Ltd in 1988. What is now our Public Transport System was originally started in October 1989 with a small shuttle van running a schedule around the island to feed our Cook’s Corner shopping complex in the heart of Avarua. That first vehicle was a 15 seat Mazda E2200 van, painted white with a bold red Cook’s Corner sign placed along each side.
As demand grew, so did our fleet which now consists of 10 buses. We not only operate Public Transport, we are the only operators of school services on Rarotonga. We have buses for Charter to local Schools, Churches and Sports groups. We also can quote for Bulk Airport Transfers and charters for all types of visiting groups.
Rarotonga's Public Bus Service is Privately Owned and Operated by Cooks' Island Bus Passenger Transport LTD. There are no Subsidies or Contracts to operate this service with either the Cook Islands Government, Village Councils or Schools. We believe that a Public Transport Service plays a big role in any economy and would like to be able to continue providing this service for years to come.
Our Public Bus Service operates 2 Routes, Clockwise and Anti-Clockwise on Rarotonga's Circular Main Road. Getting Lost is Impossible.
The Clockwise Bus departs Cooks' Corner in the center of town (Avarua) on the hour every hour from 7:00am (First Departure) to 10:00pm (Last Departure), Monday to Saturday.
The Anti-Clockwise Bus departs Cooks' Corner in the center of town (Avarua) at half past the hour every hour from 8:30am (First Departure) to 4:30pm (Last Departure), Monday to Friday and from 8:30am (First Departure) to 1:30pm (Last Departure) on Saturday.
Although you should not get lost on Rarotonga it can be very easy to lose track of operating buses. Our company operates a School Bus service that is usually active from 7:00am to 9:00am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Service Sign either located at the Top of the bus (on some bus models) or at the Bottom Right Corner (as you view). Download and use the TransportMe Passenger App (internet required) to track operating buses in real-time