There are 6 ways to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound by plane, car or bus

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Fly, drive  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Queenstown (ZQN) CHC - ZQN
  2. Drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

$137 - $373

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Bus  •  15 h 29 min

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

$36 - $94

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Bus, drive  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
  3. Drive from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

$65 - $138

Bus via Te Anau  •  16 h 18 min

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

$39 - $99

Bus via Glentanner Park  •  19 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
  2. Take the bus from Glentanner Park to Frankton Bus Interchange
  3. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

$49 - $123

Drive  •  9 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound 474.1 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is to bus which costs $50 - $140 and takes 15 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which costs $200 - $600 and takes 4 h 10 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 Frankton Bus Interchange. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 29 min.

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The distance between Christchurch Airport (CHC) and Milford Sound is 391 km. The road distance is 758.6 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 15 h 29 min and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 10 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 quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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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 7 min to drive from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Christchurch Airport to Queenstown Airport.

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There are one+ hotels available in Milford Sound. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound.
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  • Distance: 244.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 10 min

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

You can take a bus from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Milford Sound via Frankton Bus Interchange in around 15 h 29 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch Airport to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
8 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Glentanner Park
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Glentanner Park to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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