Catch a cheap bus from Christchurch to Nelson with InterCity. The Christchurch to Nelson bus trip takes approximately 7 hours and 45 minutes with regular stops along the way.

Buses depart Christchurch from outside the Bus Exchange on Lichfield Street and arrive at the main bus stop in Nelson at the Millers Acre Carpark, at 41 Halifax Street. 

An alternative route using the TranzAlpine railway is also available and takes approximately 11 hours to complete. The train/bus journey travels a spectacular route from Christchurch to Nelson via Greymouth, stopping at Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps. Learn more about the TranzAlpine. 

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About Nelson

Nelson is situated at the top of the South Island on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, just 2 hours from Picton. Established in 1841, Nelson is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and is well known for its art and craft culture.

Nelson is home to over 300 artists and the city hosts popular events every year such as the Nelson Arts Festival. If you're interested in the cities art scene, a visit to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum, the Nelson Provincial Museum and the Hoglund Art Glass blowing Studio is worthwhile.  

Nelson is surrounded by three of New Zealand's most beautiful National Parks, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Park. This makes Nelson the perfect base for the adventurous traveller - hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, swimming and boating in and around these National Parks is all possible and highly recommended!  

One of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions, there are more than 25 wineries located around Nelson. Take a guided tour or hire a bike and cycle the Tasman Great Taste Trail for an independent scenic wine tour.

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InterCity makes it easy to bus Christchurch to Nelson and using the TravelPass or FlexiPass bus pass it's even easier. Both passes offer flexible and affordable bus travel around New Zealand.