From Kaikoura to Christchurch by Trains

Kaikoura, Canterbury
3h 10m ride in train, First Class seat
Christchurch, Canterbury

From Kaikoura to Christchurch by Buses

InterCity Group
Recommended Fastest
Kaikoura, Blenheim
3h bus ride in Premium
Christchurch, Canterbury
InterCity Group
Recommended Fastest
Kaikoura, Blenheim
3h bus ride in Standard Double Decker
Christchurch, Canterbury

Transport types between Kaikoura and Christchurch

Kaikoura to Christchurch Schedule

Kaikoura to Christchurch Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
InterCity Group Premium 10:10 - 13:10NZD 45.98
InterCity Group Standard Double Decker 16:40 - 19:40NZD 40.77
New Zealand Rail First Class seat 17:20 - 20:30NZD 89.01

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How to get from Kaikoura to Christchurch

When you want to get from Kaikoura to Christchurch, 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 Kaikoura from Christchurch?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kaikoura to Christchurch. 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 Kaikoura to Christchurch?

The travel time from Kaikoura to Christchurch 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 Kaikoura to Christchurch?

The cost of the trip from Kaikoura to Christchurch 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 Kaikoura to Christchurch:

  • 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 Kaikoura and Christchurch?

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 10:10 - you can also take a bus as late as 16:40. There are 2 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?


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.


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 Kaikoura to Christchurch

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Kaikoura to Christchurch? 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.