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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Wellington (WLG) AKL - WLG

$43 - $135

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Wellington City N1 / ...

$19 - $80

2 alternative options

Train  •  10 h 35 min

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

$150 - $180

Drive  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Wellington 401.3 miles

$85 - $130

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

Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly from Auckland to Wellington hourly. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland to Wellington once daily. Tickets cost $150 - $180 and the journey takes 10 h 35 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Auckland to Wellington
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Wellington
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Wellington City
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
manabus.com
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $80
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Wellington is 493 km. The road distance is 642 km.

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to bus which costs $26 - $110 and takes 10 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Wellington is to fly which takes 3 h 13 min and costs $55 - $190.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Auckland Strand and arriving at Wellington. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 35 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland and arriving at Wellington City. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 40 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to get from Auckland to Wellington, including transfers.