We will write how to get from Auckland airport to city center. The distance from Auckland Airport to downtown is 20 kilometers. Click here to book online Auckland activities and day trips
The travel time from Auckland airport to city center is around 30 minutes by taxi and $60-80 NZD. The best way from Auckland airport to city center is by Skybus $17 NZD.
You can also rent a car in Auckland airport or get a private transfer.
The cheapest way from Auckland airport to city center is by airport bus plus train around $10 NZD for one way. It will take you more than an hour to reach your final destination.
You can get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.
SIM CARD AT AUCKLAND AIRPORT
I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Auckland airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Auckland. Read here New Zealand sim card for tourist and best New Zealand eSim
You can buy the cheapest New Zealand eSim for $7 USD with Nomad eSim New Zealand prepaid starting at $6 USD with 1 GB data, for $15 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days and for $17 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days.
Airalo New Zealand eSim prepaid with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. For $14 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days. For $21 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days and for $31 USD with 10 GB data. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).
Holafly eSim New Zealand for $34 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days. For $44 USD with 20 GB data valid for 30 days if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER. MTX Connect eSim New Zealand for €24 with 4 GB data valid for 14 days.
WHERE TO STAY IN AUCKLAND
You can sleep in a dorm room or a room from $25 NZD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 NZD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 NZD.
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AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
AUCKLAND AIRPORT SKYBUS TO CITY CENTER
The best way is taking Auckland airport Skybus to city center. The Skybus fare from Auckland airport to city center is $17 NZD one way ticket for adults and $32 NZD for return ticket (valid until 3 months) and $2 NZD for children one way.
The Skybus from Auckland airport to city are running every 30 minutes starting at 6 am until 9 pm. You can get your Skybus ticket online or at the ticket counter in the airport.
The Skybus travel time from Auckland Airport to city center is around 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
The final stop from Skybus Auckland airport to city center is Symonds St Overbridge and it’s passing by most of the touristic attractions and popular places for accommodation.
REGULAR PUBLIC BUS AND TRAIN FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO CITY
You can get the 380 Airporter Bus from Auckland airport to Papatoetoe Station is running every 15 minutes and it will take 20 minutes.
It can be cheaper than the Skybus and you will have to use AT HOP Card for buses, ferries and trains in Auckland. The 380 Airporter Bus fare is $3 NZD and the train fare is $6 NZD using the AT HOP Card (it costs $15 NZD coming with $5 NZD credit).
The train will take 40 minutes trains are leaving every 20 minutes from Papatoetoe Station to Britomart Station in city center or Onehunga Station half of the way.
The total travel time by bus plus train would be around 1 hour plus the waiting time in the airport and train station. And you will safe a few dollars compared to the Skybus price. Check here 380 Airporter Bus schedule and route!
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AUCKLAND AIRPORT SHUTTLE
If you prefer more comfort you can get Auckland Airport Shuttle buying your ticket online or at the airport. The Auckland Airport Shuttle fare from Auckland airport to city center is $25 NZD per person to your hotel or Airbnb. You will have the same comfort like a taxi for a cheaper price especially if you are traveling alone.
There are also hotel and hostels offering this service for $20-25 NZD per person could be $30 NZD for two people being cheaper than the Skybus prices depending how many people are joining. Make sure you ask your accommodation place if they are offering.
SKYBUS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN TERMINALS
There is a Skybus free shuttle service at Auckland Airport connecting the Domestic Terminal and International Terminal. It’s leaving every 20 minutes from 6 am until 10 pm.
AUCKLAND AT HOP CARD
You have to use AT HOP Card for all the public transportation in Auckland buses, ferries and trains. You can buy in the kiosks, at the vending machines and also booking them online. The price AT HOP Card is $15 NZD coming with $5 NZD and every time that you use in the public transportation will be 25% discount.
TAXI FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO AUCKLAND CITY CENTER
If you go from Auckland airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 30 minutes and the taxi fare from Auckland airport to Auckland city center is around $60-80 NZD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO AUCKLAND CITY CENTER
If you are ordering Uber in Auckland you should know that prices are similar to taxi. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone and go to the pickup point at the airport. Expect to pay around $70-90 NZD depending on your destination and time of the day.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Auckland. Prices are around $60-80 NZD and you can fit up to 4 people. It could be $15 NZD per person.
RENTING A CAR IN AUCKLAND AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Auckland’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Auckland. It will take you 30 minutes to get to Auckland city center from the airport in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar available in the airport. Prices can be around $40-50 NZD per day.
Car rental options can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Auckland and countryside beaches. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Auckland city center.
BEST WAY FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO AUCKLAND CITY CENTER
If you are planning to move around Auckland and you are traveling with more people renting a car can be a great option especially if you rent Airbnb outskirts of Auckland.
WHERE TO STAY IN AUCKLAND
A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Auckland. Where you can sleep in a dorm room or a room for $25 NZD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 NZD.
There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 NZD.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL NEW ZEALAND
For food budget travel in New Zealand we have to say it’s expensive going to restaurants and bars. You can get meals for $15 USD per person in a local restaurant. You will go down your budget if you cook your meals in your hotel or Airbnb in New Zealand.
BEST TIME TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s climate is considered to be subtropical, meaning summers (from December to February) are warm and humid while winters (from June to August) are mild and damp. If you will ask us, we prefer to visit New Zealand during summer as you will experience the perfect weather to go outside and explore its beauty!
You can also visit during the months of March to May (Fall) to experience the gorgeous autumn of New Zealand and avoiding the crowd of tourists visiting the famous spots, or the months of September to November for a relaxing spring! You’ll surely love this weather for a beautiful day at the lake and islands.
ATMS AND CASH IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand dollar currency rates are a little bit slower than the American dollar. At that time $1 USD = $1.40 NZD. There are ATMs everywhere to withdraw money from. And if you need to exchange money, you will find banks to do it with.
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