Getting around Christchurch

Christchurch is considered a very easy place to get around, with a number of different transportation options.

There are two major public bus networks in Christchurch, with various lines taking you to different parts of the city center and outer suburbs. You can also make your way around the city on foot or by bike, as the terrain is quite flat and easy to navigate.

Renting a car in Christchurch

If you're catching a flight to Christchurch, then renting a car is a fairly quick and easy process with several car rental companies to choose from, including Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Avis. These car rental companies are located within the international arrivals area of the Christchurch airport.

There are also numerous car rental companies within the city of Christchurch itself if you want to take a few day trips to different regions. 

Using public transportation in Christchurch

Public transportation in Christchurch largely consists of two major bus networks that run throughout the city and its surrounding regions. While there is a ferry system and a city tram, the bus network is the form of transportation that is the most popular thanks to its efficiency and reliability. There are several bus lines that will take you to all the major destinations in the city, as well as to popular suburbs just outside of the city. 

You will need either a metro card or cash to hop on and off buses in Christchurch. 

How to get a metro card in Christchurch

The metro card enables you to pay for your bus fares easily and without hassle while giving you 25% off the fare price. The city and surrounding regions of Christchurch are divided into several zones, so the fare of your trip depends on which zones you're traveling through and how long your bus ride is. However, purchasing a metro card might only be worth it if you're spending an extended period of time in Christchurch.

You can purchase a metro card by applying online or visiting a participating agency with a form of identification. These agencies are scattered throughout the city, so obtaining a metro card is convenient and quick. 

Walking or cycling around Christchurch

Both walking and cycling around Christchurch are popular options as a way to travel through the city as it's primarily flat. With cycle lanes spread throughout the city, riding a bike remains one of the easiest and most efficient ways to take in as much of Christchurch as you can. There are several companies you can hire a bike from, including City Cycle Hire, in the heart of Christchurch. 

Walking is also a very popular form of transportation as most attractions are within walking distance of each other, giving you a chance to see more of Christchurch than you would in a bus or a car. 

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