There are 7 ways to get from Wellington to Milford Sound by plane, car, ferry, train, bus or car ferry

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, drive  •  6 h

  1. WLG - ZQN

$121 - $391

Cheapest option

Car ferry, bus  •  27 h 28 min

$90 - $196

5 alternative options

Ferry, train, bus, drive  •  22 h 39 min

Ferry, bus  •  25 h 55 min

$93 - $193

Ferry, train, bus  •  26 h 1 min

Car ferry, train, bus  •  26 h 25 min

Ferry, drive  •  17 h 17 min

  1. Wellington - Central - Picton

$188 - $281

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

There is no direct connection from Wellington to Milford Sound. However, you can take the line 91 bus to Wellington Airport, take the walk to Wellington airport, fly to Queenstown, then take the drive to Milford Sound. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, take the train to Christchurch, take the taxi to Christchurch, take the bus to Tekapo, take the bus to Lake Esplanade YHA, then take the drive to Milford Sound.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $400
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Picton to Rangiora
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Tekapo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Tekapo to Lake Esplanade YHA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 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
$27 - $70
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Frankton Bus Interchange to Milford Sound
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$38
Saver Change
$45
Easy Change
$52

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Wellington and Milford Sound is 672 km.

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which costs $170 - $600 and takes 6 h.

The quickest way to get from Wellington to Milford Sound is to fly and drive which takes 6 h and costs $170 - $600.

It takes approximately 6 h to get from Wellington to Milford Sound, including transfers.