There are 6 ways to get from Christchurch to Picton by train, bus, car, plane or ferry

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Train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Christchurch to Picton Coastal Pacific

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Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Christchurch to Picton Christchurch - Picton

$17 - $45

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Drive  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Christchurch to Picton 302 miles

$65 - $95

Fly to Blenheim  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Blenheim (BHE) CHC - BHE

$121 - $322

Fly to Nelson, bus  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Nelson (NSN) CHC - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Picton

$103 - $304

Fly to Wellington, ferry  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Christchurch (CHC) to Wellington (WLG) CHC - WLG
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton

$71 - $247

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Christchurch and arriving at Picton. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Christchurch and arriving at Picton. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 22 min.

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The distance between Christchurch and Picton is 274 km. The road distance is 483.1 km.

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Picton without a car is to train which takes 5 h 22 min and costs .

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The train from Christchurch to Picton takes 5 h 22 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Christchurch to Picton bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Christchurch station.

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Christchurch to Picton train services, operated by KiwiRail Coastal Pacific, depart from Christchurch station.

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The best way to get from Christchurch to Picton is to train which takes 5 h 22 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 55 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 13 min.

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The quickest flight from Christchurch Airport to Blenheim Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Christchurch to Picton bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Picton station.

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Map of how to get from Christchurch to Picton.
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  • Distance: 171 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 22 min

What companies run services between Christchurch, New Zealand and Picton, New Zealand?

KiwiRail Coastal Pacific operates a train from Christchurch to Picton once daily, and the journey takes 5 h 22 min. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Christchurch to Picton twice daily. Tickets cost $17 - $45 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Christchurch to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Flights from Christchurch to Nelson
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $260
Flights from Christchurch to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $260
Flights from Christchurch to Wellington
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Christchurch to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $320
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Christchurch to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Christchurch to Wellington
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Picton
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Picton
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$36
Saver Change
$43
Easy Change
$49

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Christchurch to Picton train services, operated by KiwiRail Coastal Pacific, arrive at Picton station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Christchurch to Picton is 483 km. It takes approximately 5 h 57 min to drive from Christchurch to Picton.

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Sounds Air and Air New Zealand offer flights from Christchurch Airport to Blenheim Airport.

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There are 99+ hotels available in Picton. Prices start at $52 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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