There are 4 ways to get from Queenstown to Balclutha by bus or car

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Bus Catch-A-Bus South  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Riversdale 6G
  2. Take the bus from Riversdale to Balclutha Christchurch - Te Anau

$40 - $65

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Bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Milton Queenstown - Dunedin

$22 - $53

2 alternative options

Bus Alpine Connexions  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Queenstown to Waihola

$33 - $55

Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Queenstown to Balclutha 155 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Queenstown to Balclutha is to drive which costs $50 - $75 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Queenstown to Balclutha is to drive which costs $50 - $75 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Queenstown to Balclutha. However, there are services departing from Queenstown and arriving at Balclutha via Riversdale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 22 min.

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The distance between Queenstown and Balclutha is 158 km. The road distance is 248 km.

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The best way to get from Queenstown to Balclutha without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 22 min and costs $55 - $100.

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It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from Queenstown to Balclutha, including transfers.

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Queenstown to Balclutha bus services, operated by Catch-A-Bus South, depart from Queenstown station.

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Queenstown to Balclutha bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Balclutha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Queenstown to Balclutha is 248 km. It takes approximately 2 h 57 min to drive from Queenstown to Balclutha.

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There are 21+ hotels available in Balclutha. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Queenstown to Balclutha.
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  • Distance: 98.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 22 min

What companies run services between Queenstown, New Zealand and Balclutha, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Balclutha via Riversdale in around 4 h 22 min.

Bus operators
Catch-A-Bus South
Website
catchabussouth.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Riversdale
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
catchabussouth.co.nz
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Riversdale to Balclutha
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Milton
Ave. Duration
3 h 19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Alpine Connexions
Phone
+64 3 443 9120
Email
wanaka.depot@ritchies.co.nz
Website
alpineconnexions.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Milton
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
alpineconnexions.co.nz
Bus from Queenstown to Waihola
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
alpineconnexions.co.nz

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