Picton to Wellington Ferry

The most popular ferry route in all of New Zealand, the Picton to Wellington ferry connects the north and south islands of New Zealand, and also connects the two busiest cities. A vital transport link that countless people travel on daily, the Cook Strait ferry runs several ferries per day. With up to 21 ferries running per day on this route, and operated by 2 different ferry companies, book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

Picton to Wellington sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Picton - Wellington Ferry Operators

  • Interislander
    • 18 Sailings Daily 3 hr 30 min
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  • Bluebridge
    • 3 Sailings Daily 3 hr 30 min
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Picton Wellington Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Picton Wellington route is a car and 2 passengers.

Picton Wellington Ferry reviews

  • "Disappointing"

    Having pre booked the Plus Lounge, we were very disappointed that when we arrived in the Plus Lounge the food had gone, we had a campervan and were one of the last to be loaded on to the ferry, the lounge was very busy with rugby fans who had eaten everything in sight, very unfair for those who arrive late to the lounge as they are loading their vehicles, most of the lounge were foot passengers. Maybe access could be allowed once everyone has been loaded rather than during.

    'Anonymous' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Fantastic experience "

    Great service, great staff and super easy check in. On time to leave and arrived early.

    'Anonymous' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Aratere

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  • "Excellent premier lounge staff "

    The staff were welcoming, generous and made sure we were looked after. They were attentive and went out of their way to cater for my dietary requirements. Excellent service.

    'Hayley' travelled Picton Wellington with Interislander on Kaitaki

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  • "Picton to Wellington"

    We were over 30 mins late setting off due to boats late arrival into harbor from previous crossing. However it was a comfortable crossing and service was good on board. Cabins are available if needed, food available in dining area and there is a small cinema if you want to see a film during the crossing.

    'Chris' travelled Picton Wellington with Bluebridge on Strait Feronia

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Picton to Wellington Ferry Timetable

The ferry timetable for the Picton to Wellington route is created by many different factors, such as ferry operator, and what time of year the sailing is happening, especially as ferry crossings can vary from month to month, so this means that there is not one specific ferry timetable. Indeed, there are up to 147 ferries running per week on this route, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

How long does the Ferry from Picton to Wellington take?

Ferry sail durations for this route take on average about 3 and a half hours, but be sure to bear in mind that these times can change due to factors such as ferry operator, as well as external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so there may be changes to sail duration at any given moment.

How much does the Picton Wellington Ferry cost?

Ferry fares are defined by a number of different aspects, such as ferry operator, time of year, how you are travelling, and so on, so there is not one exact ferry price. Instead, we recommend checking out our handy fare finder tool, to find the best ferries at the best prices for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about the latest deals and offers.

Car Ferry to Wellington from Picton

You can currently take your car with you on any of the ferries provided by both ferry operators, but only one will allow you to bring pets with you, so be sure to check before booking.