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There are 4 ways to get from Auckland to Hamilton by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  1h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central / ...

$16 - $30

3 alternative options

Train  •  2h 52m

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Hamilton Northern Explorer

$85 - $100

Train via Papakura Train Station  •  3h 27m

  1. Take the train from Britomart Train Station to Papakura Train Station Sth
  2. Take the train from Papakura Train Station to Hamilton Frankton Huia / ...

$80 - $97

Drive  •  1h 28m

  1. Drive from Auckland to Hamilton 122.7 km

$22 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Hamilton is to bus which costs $16 - $30 and takes 1h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Hamilton is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 1h 28m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Hamilton - Central. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Auckland Strand and arriving at Hamilton. Services depart three times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 2h 52m.

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It is 114 km from Auckland to Hamilton. It is approximately 122.7 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Hamilton without a car is to bus which takes 1h 55m and costs $16 - $30.

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The bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central takes 1h 55m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Auckland to Hamilton bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Auckland - Central station.

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Auckland to Hamilton train services, operated by KiwiRail, depart from Auckland Strand station.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Hamilton is to bus which takes 1h 55m and costs $16 - $30. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $100 and takes 2h 52m.

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Hamilton.
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  • Distance: 113.7 km
  • Duration: 1h 55m

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Hamilton, New Zealand?

InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central hourly. Tickets cost $22 - $30 and the journey takes 1h 55m. GreatSights also services this route once daily. Alternatively, KiwiRail operates a train from Auckland Strand to Hamilton 3 times a week. Tickets cost $85 - $100 and the journey takes 2h 52m.

Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $100
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
AT Metro
Website
at.govt.nz
Train from Britomart Train Station to Papakura Train Station
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
AT Metro
Pont de Saint-Nazaire
Phone
02 51 82 62 62
Website
loire-atlantique.fr
Train from Papakura Train Station to Hamilton Frankton
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
Pont de Saint-Nazaire
Busit
Phone
+64 800 205 305
Email
busit@waikatoregion.govt.nz
Website
busit.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Hamilton Frankton
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
busit.co.nz
Bus operators
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$16 - $23
Flexi
$35 - $55

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Auckland to Hamilton bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Hamilton - Central station.

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Auckland to Hamilton train services, operated by KiwiRail, arrive at Hamilton station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland to Hamilton is 123 km. It takes approximately 1h 28m to drive from Auckland to Hamilton.

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There are 205+ hotels available in Hamilton. Prices start at $125 NZD per night.

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