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

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 from Dunedin  •  3 h 11 min

  1. DUD - CHC

$63 - $193

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Christchurch - Dunedin / ...

$18 - $50

4 alternative options

Bus to Queenstown, fly  •  6 h 44 min

  1. ZQN - CHC

$120 - $363

Bus to Invercargill, fly  •  6 h 29 min

  1. IVC - CHC

$83 - $247

Train, bus  •  7 h 58 min

  1. The Seasider
  2. Christchurch - Dunedin / ...

$62 - $95

Drive  •  4 h 28 min

  1. 226.3 miles

$45 - $75

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

Air New Zealand flies from Dunedin to Christchurch every 4 hours. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Dunedin to Christchurch twice daily. Tickets cost $18 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 55 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Dunedin to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Flights from Queenstown to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Invercargill to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Train operators
Dunedin Railways
Phone
+64 3 477 4449
Email
reserve@dunedinrailways.co.nz
Website
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Train from Dunedin to Moeraki
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
dunedinrailways.co.nz
Book at
taieri.rezweb.com
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Otago University to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $50
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Moeraki Turn Off to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Catch-A-Bus South
Website
catchabussouth.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Invercargill
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
catchabussouth.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Dunedin and Christchurch is 310 km. The road distance is 362 km.

The cheapest way to get from Dunedin to Christchurch is to bus which costs $26 - $70 and takes 5 h 55 min.

The quickest way to get from Dunedin to Christchurch is to fly which takes 3 h 11 min and costs $90 - $280.

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

It takes approximately 3 h 11 min to get from Dunedin to Christchurch, including transfers.