There are 5 ways to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound by plane, car or bus

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, drive  •  5 h 40 min

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

$138 - $383

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 29 min

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

$36 - $94

3 alternative options

Bus, drive  •  11 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  2. Take the bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
  3. Drive from Lake Esplanade YHA to Milford Sound

$64 - $134

Bus via Te Anau  •  14 h 40 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

$38 - $94

Drive  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Milford Sound 477 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound is to bus which costs $50 - $140 and takes 14 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which costs $200 - $600 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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The distance between Christchurch and Milford Sound is 397 km. The road distance is 763.1 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Christchurch to Milford Sound. However, there are services departing from Christchurch and arriving at Milford Sound via Frankton Bus Interchange. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 29 min.

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What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Milford Sound, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Milford Sound via Frankton Bus Interchange in around 14 h 29 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 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 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
7 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 45 min
Frequency
Twice 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
$11 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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