From Christchurch to Kaikoura by Trains

Recommended
07:00
Christchurch, Canterbury
3h 16m ride in train, First Class seat
10:16
Kaikoura, Canterbury

From Christchurch to Kaikoura by Buses

InterCity Group
Recommended Fastest
07:00
Christchurch, Canterbury
2h 50m bus ride in Standard Double Decker
09:50
Kaikoura, Blenheim
InterCity Group
Recommended Fastest
07:00
Christchurch, Canterbury
2h 50m bus ride in Premium
09:50
Kaikoura, Blenheim
InterCity Group
Fastest
13:55
Christchurch, Canterbury
2h 50m bus ride in Standard
16:45
Kaikoura, Blenheim
InterCity Group
Fastest
13:55
Christchurch, Canterbury
2h 50m bus ride in Premium
16:45
Kaikoura, Blenheim

Christchurch to Kaikoura Schedule

Christchurch to Kaikoura Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
InterCity Group Standard Double Decker 07:00 - 09:50NZD 40.77
New Zealand Rail First Class seat 07:00 - 10:16NZD 89.01
InterCity Group Standard 13:55 - 16:45NZD 40.77

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How to get from Christchurch to Kaikoura

When you want to get from Christchurch to Kaikoura, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Train

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about NZD 89.01. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as NZD 40.77.

How far is Christchurch from Kaikoura?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Christchurch to Kaikoura. Your trip will be a total of 114 miles (183 km). The flying distance is 109 miles (175 km).

How long does it take to get from Christchurch to Kaikoura?

The travel time from Christchurch to Kaikoura can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 4 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Christchurch to Kaikoura?

The cost of the trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is InterCity Group: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as NZD 40.77 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a train - a one-way train ticket can cost as much as NZD 89.01.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Christchurch to Kaikoura:

  • Bus tickets - NZD 41.00 to NZD 46.00;
  • Train tickets - NZD 89.00 to NZD 89.00;

How many trips per day are there between Christchurch and Kaikoura?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 07:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 13:55. There are 4 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Canterbury to Canterbury is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Christchurch to Kaikoura

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Christchurch to Kaikoura? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 1000 users enjoyed a train ride.