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profile member asked on Apr 2, 2011

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I will be travelling from Picton to Christchurch. I can use either the intercity coach or the tranzcoastal train. Which would be a better option? Or perhaps a car?

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answered on 4/2/11 by
a VT member from Carrum

i am reasonably sure the coach will be a lot cheaper

cheaper than a car too


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answered on 4/2/11 by
a VT member from Brisbane

Agree with Jen, but a car would give you the freedom to stop and look where you wanted to.


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answered on 4/3/11 by
a VT member from Christchurch

At the moment the train is not running because after the February earthquake there has not been enough demand for the train, so they run a bus as alternative offer.

Check here about changes, as I do not know when you want to travel:

[original link]

(There are weekly updates.)

One way fares are from NZ$ 49 at the moment.

On the Intercity bus the non-refundable ticket costs from NZ$ 25, so clearly the cheaper option.

As long as the train does not run it makes no sense to book the replacement bus.

Surely a rental car gives you the possibility to stop wherever you want to. But if the train runs you have great photo options from the viewing carriage.


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answered on 4/3/11 by
a VT member

Train sounds nice and easy as you can chill out and relax while seeing the beautiful scenery.

If you do decide to rent a car, make sure you take a Transfercar as they are free to drive. You may still have to pay for gas though.


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answered on 4/3/11 by
a VT member from Christchurch

Bonzarella, the problem is that the train does not operate at the moment!

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