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We believe that New Zealand's natural beauty must be accessed to really be appreciated and enjoyed.  Our fleet of mini buses allows us to pick-up and drop-off where bigger buses cannot.  Our routes have stops defined at local reference points, small towns, and the start of many a walking route.  If we don't have a stop defined ask us if we can drop you off or pick you up somewhere along our core route.  If there is somewhere safe for us to pull off the side of the road - we will.

We are a bus service, servicing scheduled routes, in a flexible way.

We are not a taxi-service, or a shuttle service - we do not do door to door, and we do not venture off our route.

We pride ourselves in continuing the tradition of Atomic, in providing a reliable & quality service.

Atomic Travel

Atomic Travel / Atomic Shuttles /Budget cheap student & backpacker bus travel

To enable us to keep our fares competitive we are an online booking site, where you can book direct online up to 30 minutes before the service departs, failing this if you have missed the cut off period for booking you can turn up at our central pick up points and approach the driver, if it is showing no availability online or not showing a service, then it will be unlikely you will get on as the bus is either full or booked out by a private group.

Christchurch to Dunedin Return

72 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Bus Exchange

Bus-stop next to old Ashburton I Site

Bus-stop in from of Timaru I Site 2 George Street

LaGonda Tearooms Bus-stop Oamaru

331 Moray Place, Dunedin (Bus-stop near Countdown)


Christchurch to Greymouth Return

72 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Bus Exchange

Arthurs Pass Tearooms (please approach driver & be waiting outside)

Greymouth Railway Station

These are not guaranteed seats, please arrive at report times to approach driver and ask if he/she have any spare seats, cash would need to be paid to driver direct. We take no responsibility if bus is booked out or has a group booking, to ensure you do get a seat please book online.

We provide budget bus travel at competitive prices, for travel 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 budget fares.

We offer some accommodation, and Backpacker pick ups and drop offs at a small charge.

We will match or better a competitors fare at a comparable time excluding $1.00 (one dollar) fare, but for cheap fares and budget travel around the South Island of New Zealand Atomic Travel is your cheapest option. If we are not the cheapest option for bus travel, feel free to contact us and we will endeavor to match it on an Atomic operated service.

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)

Atomic Travel will better any competitors fare by 10% on a comparable journey on any Atomic Travel 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.

Our new central pick up point will be outside the Christchurch Bus Interchange 72 Lichfield Street.

Report times are 15 minutes prior to the departure of service.

Christchurch = Christchurch Bus Exchange 72 Lichfield Street, Please be waiting outside

Ashburton =Bus stop East street just down from public toilets

Timaru = 2 George Street, bus stop outside Timaru I Site

Oamaru = Bus stop opposite LaGonda Tearooms

Dunedin = 331 Moray Place, Dunedin (Bus-stop near Countdown)


Arthurs Pass= Arthurs Pass Tearooms, please be waiting outside and visible to driver

Greymouth=Greymouth Railway Station, please be waiting outside and visible to driver

Atomic Travel does not operate on Christmas Day 25 December or 1st January

All runs subject to demand & weather All fares subject to change without prior notification