Public transport and travel to and from Christchurch airport
Christchurch's public transport system is operated by Metro (Environment Canterbury). Buses operate every day between approx. 6am and 11pm (Monday to Friday) and 7am to 10pm on weekends.
Bus fares can be paid with cash or Metrocard.
A normal cash bus fare inside the city (Zone 1) costs $4.00 per trip for adults, including one transfer to another line within a 2-hour window.
It is available for purchase at several locations in Christchurch, but not the airport.
Travel to and from Christchurch Airport
There are several options available to you to travel into town from the airport. Find further information on the different options below.
An overview map of the Christchurch airport parking options (incl. taxi stands, bus stops etc.) is available here. As an international traveller, you will most likely leave the airport in the bottom left of the map, directly in front of the taxi stands and next to the bus/coach stands.
The airport is serviced by Metro, on the Purple Line, line 29 and line 125.
The airport surcharge fare only applies when:
- paying a cash fare (Metrocard is treated as Zone 1 fare of $2.65), and
- alighting the bus at a stop on airport land (eg: catching the 29 City to Airport to/from stops not on airport land is a regular fare).
There is no Metrocard vendor in the airport.
The airport is serviced by the Purple Line, line 29 and line 125:
- Purple Line takes you directly to the University (the conference venue). Buses leave the airport approximate every 30 minutes. The trip from the airport to the University takes 15 minutes. It takes 30 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre (Bus Interchange) on the Purple Line.
- Line 29 is a direct connection between the airport and the city. This line runs every 30 minutes. The whole trip from the airport to the city centre takes about 30-40 minutes.
- Line 125 is connecting the western and northern suburbs of Christchurch, and runs from Halswell to Hornby to the airport and on to Papanui and Redwood (and back). It is running every 10-15 minutes.
Super Shuttle operates in all major cities in New Zealand, including Christchurch. They are a door-to-door service, leaving the airport approx. 10 minutes after the first passenger arrives at the shuttle stand. You can pre-book a shuttle trip (online or through the phone app) or rock up at the front of the taxi stand and talk to the Super Shuttle staff there. A shared ride to the City Centre costs approx. $20 and approx. $24 to the university (Ilam Road) as well as the Uni Halls (Waimairi Road). An 'Exclusive' ride on the 11-seater van is about three times the normal price. A good option if you can and want to meet with other LCA delegates at the airport and heading to the same destination. Pay cash or eftpos or by Credit Card.
You all know the deal with Uber. If you request a ride, their drop-off and pick-up point is on the far side of the airport's Express Park car park building. Look for the signs to the "Ride Share Pick-up Zone".
Similar to Uber. But cannot pick up from the airport directly. Walk down Memorial Ave and catch a ride after you have crossed Russley Road (about 1200m walking distance).
Waiting for you to conveniently take you right from the International Terminal to anywhere in Christchurch. Several taxi companies are operating in Christchurch. Prices are extremely similar between companies. Expect to pay approx. $25 plus an airport surcharge ($5.50?) to get from the airport to the university or uni halls. If you have pre-booked a ride, please be aware that many are waiting for you at the Domestic Terminal taxi stand.
Heaps of well-known international as well as local car rental companies that operate desks directly at the airport or have their offices close to the airport. Please contact them directly for rates, insurance etc.
Driving from the airport to the conference venue (university) should take about 10 minutes.