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From Picton to Canterbury by train

Kaikoura, Canterbury
3h 5m

From Picton to Blenheim by bus

Kaikoura, Blenheim
2h 30m
Kaikoura, Blenheim
2h 25m

Picton to Kaikoura Schedule

Picton to Kaikoura Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
InterCity Group Premium 07:00 – 09:30NZD 50.18
InterCity Group Standard Double Decker 13:35 – 16:00NZD 45.98
New Zealand Rail First Class Seat 14:15 – 17:20NZD 89.01

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How to get from Picton to Kaikoura

When you want to get from Picton 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 45.98.

How far is Picton from Kaikoura?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Picton to Kaikoura. Your trip will be a total of 98 miles (157 km). The flying distance is 81 miles (129 km).

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

The travel time from Picton 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 Picton to Kaikoura?

The cost of the trip from Picton 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 45.98 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 Picton to Kaikoura:

  • Bus tickets - NZD 46.00 to NZD 50.00;
  • Train tickets - NZD 89.00 to NZD 89.00;

How many trips per day are there between Picton 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 13:35. 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 Picton 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 Picton to Kaikoura

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Picton 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.