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There are 2 ways to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier by car, bus or shuttle

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Drive, bus  •  3h 12m

  1. Drive from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Hokitika i-SITE
  2. Take the bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA Greymouth - Fox Glacier

1 alternative option

Shuttle, bus  •  5h 43m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Arthur's Pass to Kumara Junction
  2. Take the bus from Kumara Junction to Franz Josef YHA Greymouth - Fox Glacier
Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) → Franz Josef Glacier
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The cheapest way to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier is to drive and bus which costs $35 - $55 and takes 3h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier is to drive and bus which costs $35 - $55 and takes 3h 12m.

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It is approximately 128 km to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier.

The best way to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier without a car is to shuttle and bus which takes 5h 43m and costs .

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It takes approximately 3h 12m to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier, including transfers.

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There are 37+ hotels available in Franz Josef Glacier. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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Map of how to get from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier.
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  • Distance: 128.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 12m

What companies run services between Arthur's Pass (mountain pass), West Coast, New Zealand and Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier. However, you can take the drive to Hokitika i-SITE, take the bus to Franz Josef YHA, then take the travel to Franz Josef Glacier. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Arthur's Pass (mountain pass) to Franz Josef Glacier via Arthur's Pass, Kumara Junction, Kumara Junction, and Franz Josef YHA in around 5h 43m.

Bus operators
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Hokitika i-SITE to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$17 - $25
Flexi
$40 - $60
Bus from Kumara Junction to Franz Josef YHA
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$20 - $29
Flexi
$45 - $70
East West Coaches
Phone
0800 142 622
Website
eastwestcoaches.co.nz
Shuttle from Arthur's Pass to Kumara Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
eastwestcoaches.co.nz

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