Christchurch Airport

Christchurch International Airport is located about 12 kilometres north west of the city centre. It is the South Island’s largest and busiest airport.

International flights operate directly to and from four Australian destinations - Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, with direct flights to and from Perth starting in December 2013. Flights also run regularly to and from Fiji and Singapore, while Tokyo has direct flights to Christchurch from late October to February.

Domestic flights are operated by Air New Zealand and Jetstar.

Transport Options


$7 adult one way - about 30 minutes

There are three public bus routes from the airport to the city centre.

The Airport Flyer offers the most direct bus service with fewer stops along the way. It departs every 30 minutes Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday it departs hourly from 7.30am to 10.30am then every 30 minutes from 11am to 4.30pm and hourly again from 5pm. Tickets are available from the driver.

The second route is the number 10, Harewood - Cashmere, which stops at more places along the way. This service takes 30 to 40 minutes to reach the city centre.

The third route is the number 3, Airport-Sumner via Avonhead. This will also take 30 to 40 minutes to reach the city centre.


Approximately $15 for one person $19 for two - about 30 minutes

A shuttle is a cost effective way to travel into the city. Discounts apply if two or more people are travelling together - $4 for each additional person. Shuttles are normally shared with other passenger groups. The journey can take up to 40 minutes at peak traffic times or when there are several drop-offs along the way. Allow plenty of time to reach the airport for departing flights.


Approximately $25 to $40 - about 15 to 20 minutes

There are several taxi companies available and prices may vary. Taxis licensed to operate from the airport are required to meet the airport company’s service standards. If you’re travelling to the airport by taxi, make sure you allow plenty of time.

Car rental

Major rental car companies operate from the terminal building. Bookings are strongly recommended.

Services and facilities

Toilets, showers; large range of duty/tax-free shopping and souvenirs; more than 20 retail outlets offering books and magazines, wine, clothing, pharmaceuticals, digital equipment, mobile phone rental, music and gifts; cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food; banking, currency exchange, ATM; internet; telephones; wheelchair access; baggage storage; baby change and parenting room, children’s play equipment and electronic arcade games.

More information

For more information visit Christchurch Airport's website.