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by bettytan Online Now Apr 2, 2011 at 4:50 AM

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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    Re: trancoastal

    by craic Online Now Apr 2, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    i am reasonably sure the coach will be a lot cheaper

    cheaper than a car too

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    by stevemt Online Now Apr 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

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

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    by Kakapo2 Online Now Apr 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    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:

    tranzscenic.co.nz/services/t...

    (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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    by Bonzarella Online Now Apr 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    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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    by Kakapo2 Online Now Apr 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM

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

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