TranzAlpine, New Zealand
The TranzAlpine is truly one of the world’s great rail journeys, for the incredible vistas it offers over New Zealand’s Southern Alps and as a masterful work of engineering, with 16 tunnels and four viaducts making the route possible.
How long does the TranzAlpine take?
The 223 km rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 4 hours 50 minutes, leaving at 08:15 and arriving at 13:05. In reverse, the Greymouth to Christchurch train takes an extra 5 minutes, departing at 14:05 and arriving at 19:00.*
Where does the TranzAlpine stop?
The Christchurch to Greymouth train stops at Rolleston, Darfield, Springfield, Arthur’s Pass and Moana.
In the foothills of the Southern Alps, Springfield used to be the end of the line, before a route via Arthur’s Pass was agreed in 1884 and, 39 years later, New Zealand’s east and west coasts were finally connected.
The views from Arthur’s Pass are the highlight of many travellers’ TranzAlpine trip. For thos that need to get back to Christchurch, a day tour into the Southern Alps by rail is also available, disembarking the TranzAlpine at Arthur’s Pass for a scenic drive to Otira Gorge and lunch backdropped by snow-capped peaks.
How much is the TranzAlpine?
The Christchurch to Greymouth train fare starts at £135, with advanced booking highly recommended, especially for summer months. And why not upgrade to Scenic Plus, to enjoy a locally inspired menu paired with local wine as you travel?
Booking TranzAlpine Tickets
With FREEDOM, you can book TranzAlpine tickets on their own, chose one of our escorted tours that include the Southern Alps train journey, or ask us to design a bespoke New Zealand rail holiday, just for you.
* Departure times correct as of March 2023