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How To Get From Queenstown Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

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We will write how to get from Queenstown airport to city center. The distance from Queenstown Airport to downtown is 8 kilometers.

The travel time from Queenstown airport to city center is around 15 minutes by taxi and $30 NZD. Click here to book online Queenstown activities and day trips

The best way from Queenstown airport to city center is by shuttle bus for $19 NZD and 15 minutes travel time. You can also rent a car in Queenstown airport or get a private transfer.

The cheapest way from Queenstown airport to city center is by bus for $10 NZD for one way. It will take you 30 minutes travel by bus from Queenstown airport to downtown.

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WHERE TO STAY IN QUEENSTOWN

A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Queenstown. 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. 

Book your accommodations in Queenstown through Agoda or Booking.

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QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

ORBUS FROM QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO CITY

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The cheapest way from Queenstown airport to city center is by bus. You will have to get OrBus Number 1 running every 15-30 minutes from Queenstown airport to city center starting from 6 10 am to 12 10 am. Check here schedule and route!

The bus fare from Queenstown airport to city center is $10 if you pay by cash NZD. The travel time from Queenstown airport to city is around 30 minutes depending on the traffic. You can pay with cash or credit card to the bus driver.

If you get the Bee Card for $5 NZD you will have to top up a minimum of $10 NZD the bus ride from the airport is only $2 NZD.

It will be worth it to buy the Bee Card only if you are using buses around Queenstown or returning to the airport.

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QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT SHUTTLE (BEST WAY)

If you prefer more comfort you can get Queenstown airport Shuttle buying your ticket online or at the airport. The shuttle bus fare from Queenstown airport to city center is $19 NZD per person and $24 NZD if there are two people. The travel time by shuttle bus from Queenstown airport to downtown is around 25 minutes.

TAXI FROM QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO QUEENSTOWN CITY CENTER

If you go from Queenstown airport to city center by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Queenstown airport to downtown is around 15 minutes.

The taxi fare from Queenstown airport to Queenstown city center is around $30-40 NZD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO QUEENSTOWN CITY CENTER

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If you are ordering Uber in Queenstown 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 $30-40 NZD depending on your destination and time of the day.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM QUEENSTOWN 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 Queenstown. Prices are around $60 NZD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $15 NZD per person.

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RENTING A CAR IN QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Queenstown’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Queenstown or planning to move around. It will take you 15 minutes to get to Queenstown city center from the airport with 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.

BEST WAY FROM QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO QUEENSTOWN CITY CENTER

If you ask me the best way from Queenstown airport to city center I would choose by shuttle bus since a single ticket will cost $19 NZD (but cheaper if you join with more people) and it will take 15 minutes especially if you are traveling alone.

If you are on a budget and traveling with not so much luggage you can get the Bus Number 1 for $10 NZD and 30 minutes travel time. If you buy the Bee Card will be only $2 NZD but the card will cost $5 NZD and you will have to top a minimum $10 NZD.

If you are planning to move around Queenstown and you are traveling with more people renting a car can be a great option especially if you rent Airbnb outskirts of Queenstown.

WHERE TO STAY IN QUEENSTOWN

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A lot of budget option is available for accommodation in Queenstown. 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. 

Book your accommodations in Queenstown through Agoda or Booking.

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.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT QUEENSTOWN

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.

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ATMS AND CASH IN NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand dollar currency rates are a little bit slower than 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.

Click here to know more about the current exchange rate in New Zealand!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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