From Wellington Central to Auckland by Buses

Bus #IC 6504 by InterCity Group
Wellington Central
11h 25m bus ride
Auckland Central
Bus #IC 6514 by InterCity Group
Wellington Central
11h 15m bus ride
Auckland Central

Popular Routes in New Zealand

How to get from Wellington to Auckland

Travelling between Wellington and Auckland is possible by bus and train. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you NZD 110,000.00 if you go by Bus; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere NZD 199.01.

How long does it take to get from Wellington to Auckland?

It can take you anywhere between 11 and 12 hours to travel between Wellington and Auckland depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Wellington and Auckland. Train will bring you to your destination in 10h 55m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 11h 45m to reach Auckland.

How much does it cost to get from Wellington to Auckland?

Travelling between Wellington and Auckland can be as cheap as NZD 199.01 if you opt for a New Zealand Rail (New Zealand Rail) train and as expensive as NZD 110,000.00 if you buy a InterCity Group Bus ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Wellington and Auckland ?

  • 8 from Wellington to Auckland starting from 07:45 Wellington Central until 20:45 Wellington Central
  • 1 from Wellington to Auckland starting from 07:55 Wellington until 07:55 Wellington

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Wellington to Auckland.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Travelling from Wellington to Auckland overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Wellington and Auckland

InterCity Group


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Wellington to Auckland?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 800 took a train
  • 200 opted for a bus