Welcome to Wellington!

In this post, I’ll discuss the options to get from Wellington Airport to the city (I think the public bus is best).

sunny days in wellington are amazing

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day…

From Wellington Airport you’re less than 10km away from Cuba Street. As a city focal point we’ll use the Cuba Street and Manners Street intersection as the place you’re going to. If you’re going elsewhere, feel free to email me jub(at) tikitouringkiwi (dot) com and I can give you my two cents.

There are at least six options for you. Here’s a rundown on what they are and how to go about taking them.

And yes, for the rocket scientists out there, you can each mode of transport from the city to Wellington Airport too.

Walk | Public Bus | Airport Flyer Bus | Shuttle Bus | Ridesharing Apps | Taxi

Walking

lyall bay

You might even want to walk to Lyall Bay right away if it’s a beautiful day (2.4km away)

You can walk from Wellington Airport to city with the two routes given by Google Maps under 7km. That should take no more than 90 minutes and you’ll get a small taste of Wellington while you’re at it. If you were super keen you could even go via Mount Victoria.

The 6.8km option follows quieter streets but it does have 56 metres of incline as you cross the town belt between Kilbirnie and Newtown. This does have the bonus of going near Kilbirnie Pak’n’Sav, considered to be the cheapest supermarket in Wellington.

The 6.6km option takes a few minutes longer in theory, but that’s due to following busier roads and more traffic lights. There’s ~40 metres elevation to deal with but you get to go through the Mount Vic Tunnel, famous for people tooting.

The Public Bus (Winner!)

on the bus from Wellington Airport to the city

This is how I get there and is the best for those looking for the cheapest way to get from Wellington Airport to the city.

When you arrive at Wellington Airport and have collected your baggage, turn left as you exit the doors and keep following the footpath. Eventually, you’ll be out in the open. Keep following the footpath until you get to this pedestrian/zebra crossing. Crossover and carry on until you hit Burger King. Turn right after Burger King and then take the first left on Hobart Street where you’ll see the bus stop (Stop ID 6033) right away.

  • The walk is about 10 minutes in total.
  • You’ll catch bus #2 (timetable).
  • The cash fare to Manners Street is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.
  • The bus journey takes ~22 minutes

The Airport Flyer (Bus)

The Airport Flyer is a dedicated airport bus with more space than a regular public bus. The Airport Flyer doesn’t stop everywhere, so you’ll need to get off at the Courtney Place which is no problem. Despite being a ‘flyer’, the Airport Flyer still takes ~20 minutes to get from the airport to Courtney Place. Marginally faster than the public bus.

  • The airport bus departs from the airport, with plenty of signs available.
  • Take a look at the timetable, to check it’ll be running.
  • The fare from the airport to Courtney Place is $12 for adults and $9 for children.

Shuttle Bus

A shuttle can be yay or nay. If you’re one of the first to be dropped off, it’s awesome. But it’s risky, you might end up doing Tour de Wellington. The main shuttle company operating from Wellington Airport is Super Shuttle. If you’re traveling with a group, shuttles are a great option especially as you can prebook your ride through their app.

The cost is $15 for the first person plus $5 for every extra person in your group from Wellington Airport to Manners Street.

Ridesharing Apps

You’ll either love ’em or hate em’.

Wellington Airport has two authorized ridesharing apps with a designated pickup zone. The two services are Zoomy (NZ-owned) and Uber. Both have a $3 surcharge for an airport pickup which is included in the price when you book your ride. The prices start from ~$14 to the CBD, but as you know can vary based on demand etc.

You’ll find the ridesharing pickup area to the right after you exit the doors. There’s wifi in the airport, so no problems with ordering a ride if you haven’t got a kiwi sim card yet.

Taxi From Wellington Airport To The City….

I despite taxis, so I’m not going to even talk about them as an option. But they’re available. You can’t miss ’em. They’ll cost heaps.


I hope this helps you figure out how to get from Wellington Airport to the city in the way that makes the most sense to you! If you’re a solo traveller, the public bus is the best option in my mind. If there’s three of you, an Uber and/or Zoomy is a decent option, and if you’ve got lots of luggage and people, the shuttle could be the best choice.

There are other options like limousines and bicycle sharing but I figure they’re rare user cases.