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There are 3 ways to get from Dunedin to Christchurch by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  3h 16m

  1. Fly from Dunedin (DUD) to Christchurch (CHC) DUD - CHC

$62 - $192

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Bus  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Otago University to Christchurch Christchurch - Dunedin / ...

$17 - $45

1 alternative option

Drive  •  4h 28m

  1. Drive from Dunedin to Christchurch 226.3 miles

$45 - $75

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

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The quickest way to get from Dunedin to Christchurch is to fly which costs $90 - $300 and takes 3h 16m.

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

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The distance between Dunedin and Christchurch is 310 km. The road distance is 362.1 km.

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The best way to get from Dunedin to Christchurch without a car is to bus which takes 5h 55m and costs $26 - $70.

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It takes approximately 3h 16m to get from Dunedin to Christchurch, including transfers.

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Dunedin to Christchurch bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Otago University station.

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The best way to get from Dunedin to Christchurch is to fly which takes 3h 16m and costs $90 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $26 - $70 and takes 5h 55m.

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The quickest flight from Dunedin Airport to Christchurch Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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

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Map of how to get from Dunedin to Christchurch.
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  • Distance: 193.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 16m

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

Air New Zealand flies from Dunedin to Christchurch 5 times a day. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Dunedin to Christchurch twice daily. Tickets cost $17 - $45 and the journey takes 5h 55m. Atomic Travel also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Dunedin to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Atomic Travel
Phone
03 349 0697
Email
info@atomictravel.co.nz
Website
atomictravel.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin to Christchurch Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $34
Schedules at
atomictravel.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Dunedin to Christchurch is 362 km. It takes approximately 4h 28m to drive from Dunedin to Christchurch.

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

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There are 527+ hotels available in Christchurch. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Dunedin to Dunedin Airport is to bus which takes 29m and costs $12 - $29.

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