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There are 7 ways to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound by plane, bus or car

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Fly Christchurch to Queenstown Airport, fly to Milford Sound Airport  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN
  2. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport

$362 - $593

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Bus  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Queenstown - Christchurch
  2. Take the bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound Queenstown - Milford Sound

$36 - $93

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Fly Christchurch to Invercargill, bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Milford Sound Airport  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC) CHC - IVC
  2. Take the bus from Invercargill to Frankton and ZQN Airport
  3. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport

$363 - $510

Fly Christchurch to Dunedin, bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Milford Sound Airport  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Dunedin (DUD) CHC - DUD
  2. Take the bus from Dunedin Airport to Queenstown
  3. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport

$334 - $490

Bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Milford Sound Airport  •  11 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown
  2. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport

$288 - $340

Bus via Glentanner Park  •  20 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
  2. Take the bus from Glentanner Park to Queenstown
  3. Take the bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Drive  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound 474.6 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is to bus which costs $55 - $150 and takes 16 h.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is to fly which costs $550 - $900 and takes 2 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound. However, there are services departing from Christchurch Airport and arriving at Milford Sound via Queenstown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Christchurch Airport (CHC) and Milford Sound is 391 km. The road distance is 759.3 km.

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The best way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound without a car is to bus which takes 16 h and costs $55 - $150.

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It takes approximately 2 h 47 min to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound, including transfers.

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Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Christchurch Airport station.

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The best way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is to fly which takes 2 h 47 min and costs $550 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 16 h.

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Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Milford Sound station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is 759 km. It takes approximately 9 h 9 min to drive from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound.

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Map of how to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound.
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  • Distance: 244.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 47 min

What companies run services between Christchurch Airport (CHC), New Zealand and Milford Sound, New Zealand?

Air New Zealand flies from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound via Queenstown and Milford Sound in around 16 h.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Christchurch to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from Christchurch to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Bus operators
Catch-A-Bus South
Phone
027 4497 994
Website
catchabussouth.co.nz
Bus from Invercargill to Frankton and ZQN Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
catchabussouth.co.nz
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin Airport to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Other operators
Air Milford
Website
airmilford.co.nz
Plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$277
Schedules at
airmilford.co.nz
Glenorchy Air
Website
glenorchyair.co.nz
Plane from Queenstown Airport to Milford Sound Airport
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$263
Schedules at
glenorchyair.co.nz

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