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Atomic Travel

Atomic Travel / Atomic Shuttles

We provide budget bus travel at competitive prices, around the South Island, New Zealand.

We have been transporting kiwis, international visitors and backpackers around the South Island for nearly 20 years on coaches at economic fares.

We offer some accommodation, and Backpacker pick ups and drop offs.

We will match or better a competitor fare at a comparable time excluding $1.00 (one dollar) fare.

We may not always be the cheapest bus travel but feel free to contact us and we will endeavor to match it
On some of our services InterCity is our carrier.

No booking fee when booking online via our web page click on Book here on the right of this page or under the Get Started on the left of any page. (please note you do not need to print your ticket, just take note of your booking id)

Beat fares by 10%Atomic will better any competitors fare by 10% on a comparable journey on any Atomic operated service eg morning service against morning service. So please give us the opportunity to match or better any fare out there. (excludes $1 fares)

Pick up and drop off points in Christchurch.

We are now able to pick up from inside the 4 Avenues on most services, our new central pick up point will be outside the Cantebury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

Intercity operated legs departure will be from Bus Interchange 72 Lichfield Street Please check your ticket pick up, and drop off location)

Report times are 15 minutes prior to departure of service.

Stand By Fares are available now $20.00

$20.00 per person, on most Atomic Travel operated legs

These are available by approaching the driver from our central pick up points Christchurch= CHRISTCHURCH BUS EXCHANGE, LICHFIELD STREET to Central drop off points, and if a seat is not booked you can approach the driver for a Stand By fare of $20.00. This bus may be have a group booking and may be picking up from an alternative point, Atomic Travel takes no responsibility if this happens and you turn up at our central pick up point.


Return specials available now online

Give Atomic Travel a ring on 0508-108-359 to find out more

Or go to our Specials Page

Atomic Travel does not operate on Christmas Day 25 December

All runs subject to demand & weather

All fares subject to change without prior notification

Christchurch to Queenstown/Wanaka and return is on reduced days over winter. Please note from the 8th of May through to November this will be operating Christchurch to Queenstown and Wanaka Friday and Sunday Return on Saturday and Monday only.

Wanaka/Queenstown-Dunedin 3pm and 10am Dunedin-Wanaka/Queenstown is also on reduced days for winter. Friday and Sunday Wanaka to Dunedin. Return Saturday and Mondays only. We are still able to offer seats which can be booked via our web page with Alpine connections (at their prices)

Christchurch to Picton Return will be carried by Intercity Coachlines, the central departure will be from Bus Interchange 72 Lichfield Street