We will write how to get from Christchurch airport to city center. The distance from Christchurch Airport to downtown is 12 kilometers. Click here to book online Christchurch activities and day trips
The travel time from Christchurch airport to Christchurch city center is around 15 minutes by taxi and $55 NZD.
The cheapest way from Christchurch airport to city center is by bus $8.5 NZD.
You can get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.
SIM CARD AT CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT
I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Christchurch 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 Christchurch. 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 Christchurch
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.
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CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN
CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT BUS TO CITY CENTER
The cheapest way from Christchurch airport to city center is by bus. There are a few Buses Purple, 29 and 125 leaving from Christchurch airport to city center every 20-30 minutes during the day.
The bus fare from Christchurch airport is $8.5 NZD one way ticket for adults and $15 NZD for return ticket and $4 NZD for children one way.
You can get your bus ticket direct to the bus driver. The buses are leaving from International Arrivals Hall Exit 9 at Christchurch airport.
The bus travel time from Christchurch airport to Christchurch city center is around 35 minutes depending on the traffic. The Bus Number 29 final stop is Christchurch where you can find most of the places for accommodation.
The Purple Bus is going from Christchurch airport to Sumner passing by city center. And the Bus Number 125 is going from Redwood to Westlake passing by Christchurch airport. Check here Bus Number 29 schedule and route and Bus Number 125 schedule and route!
CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT SHUTTLE
There are also hotel and hostels offering Christchurch airport shuttle for $20NZD per person could be $25 NZD for two people being cheaper than a taxi and you can get to your final destination. The travel time Christchurch airport shuttle to city center is around 30 minutes.
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TAXI FROM CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT TO CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTER
If you go from Christchurch airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Christchurch airport to city center is around 15 minutes.
The taxi fare from Christchurch airport to Christchurch city center is around $55-65 NZD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO AUCKLAND CITY CENTER
If you are ordering Uber in Christchurch 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 $50-70 NZD depending on your destination and time of the day.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM CHRISTCHURCH 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 Christchurch. Prices are around $60 NZD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $15 NZD per person.
RENTING A CAR IN CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Christchurch’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Christchurch. It will take you 15 minutes to get to Christchurch city center from the airport with 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 Christchurch and countryside beaches. Make sure you have a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Christchurch city center.
BEST WAY CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT TO CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTER
If you ask me the best way from Christchurch airport to city center I would choose by bus since a single ticket will cost $8.5 NZD and it will take 35 minutes especially if you are traveling alone.
If you are planning to move around Christchurch and you are traveling with more people renting a car can be a great option especially if you rent Airbnb outskirts of Christchurch.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHRISTCHURCH
A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Christchurch. 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 avoid 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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