InterCity® buses operate regular bus services to Franz Josef from Nelson, Queenstown, and destinations along the West Coast. The main InterCity bus stop in Franz Josef is located on Main Road.

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Approximate bus to Franz Josef travel times:

Bus Nelson to Franz Josef: 9 hours 50 minutes

Bus Greymouth to Franz Josef: 3 hours 34 minutes

Bus Fox Glacier to Franz Josef: 45 minutes

Bus Wanaka to Franz Josef: 6 hours 25 minutes

Bus Queenstown to Franz Josef: 8 hours

An alternative route from the West Coast to Christchurch is now available, travelling on the TranzAlpine railway from Greymouth. Bus from Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Hokitika, Westport, or Nelson to Greymouth and connect with the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic rail journeys. Learn more about the TranzAlpine.


About Franz Josef

Located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the small town of Franz Josef is located close to the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier. This is one of the world's most accessible glaciers, a 12km (7.5mi) long frozen river that starts in the Southern Alps and descends to just 300m above sea level. Visit Franz Josef Glacier with a guided tour or take a short walk to its face. The West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef is also worth a visit.