There are 6 ways to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound by plane 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.

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Fly to Queenstown, travel  •  4 h 13 min

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

Cheapest option

Bus  •  15 h 5 min

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

$36 - $92

4 alternative options

Fly to Dunedin, bus  •  12 h 2 min

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

$77 - $239

Fly to Invercargill, bus  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Invercargill (IVC) CHC - IVC
  2. Take the bus from Invercargill to Lumsden
  3. Take the bus from Lumsden to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

$95 - $244

Bus, travel  •  10 h 4 min

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

Bus via Te Anau  •  14 h 50 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

$36 - $92

Questions & Answers

The distance between Christchurch and Milford Sound is 398 km.

The best way to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound without a car is to bus and travel which takes 10 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound, including transfers.

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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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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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The best way to get from Christchurch to Christchurch Airport is to bus which takes 43 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Christchurch to Milford Sound.
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  • Distance: 248.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 13 min

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

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Milford Sound via Te Anau and Milford Sound in around 14 h 50 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Christchurch to Dunedin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Flights from Christchurch to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin Airport to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Lumsden to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Tracknet
Website
tracknet.net
Bus from Invercargill to Lumsden
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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