There are 8 ways to get from Nelson to Milford Sound by plane, car, bus or train

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 Nelson, drive  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Nelson (NSN) to Queenstown (ZQN) NSN - ZQN
  2. Drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

$194 - $353

Cheapest option

Bus  •  23 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
  4. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

$69 - $178

6 alternative options

Bus to Blenheim, fly, drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Woodbourne
  2. Fly from Blenheim (BHE) to Queenstown (ZQN) BHE - ZQN
  3. Drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

$207 - $397

Bus, train, drive  •  20 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
  4. Take the bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
  5. Drive from Lake Esplanade YHA to Milford Sound

Bus, train  •  23 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
  4. Take the bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound

Bus via Te Anau  •  23 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

$69 - $177

Bus, train via Te Anau  •  24 h

  1. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Rangiora
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
  4. Take the bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound

Drive  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Nelson to Milford Sound 688 miles

$140 - $220

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

You can take a bus from Nelson to Milford Sound via Blenheim, Christchurch, and Frankton Bus Interchange in around 23 h 40 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$180 - $470
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Wellington, Auckland
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Blenheim to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Nelson to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Woodbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Paradiso Backpackers to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Blenheim to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Te Anau
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $75
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Nelson to Milford Sound?

The distance between Nelson and Milford Sound is 577 km. The road distance is 1101 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Nelson to Milford Sound?

The cheapest way to get from Nelson to Milford Sound is to bus which costs $90 - $250 and takes 23 h 40 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Nelson to Milford Sound?

The quickest way to get from Nelson to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which takes 6 h 14 min and costs $260 - $490.

Is there a direct bus between Nelson and Milford Sound?

No, there is no direct bus from Nelson to Milford Sound. However, there are services departing from Nelson i-SITE and arriving at Milford Sound via Blenheim, Christchurch and Frankton Bus Interchange. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 40 min.

How long does it take to get from Nelson to Milford Sound?

It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Nelson to Milford Sound, including transfers.