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There are 6 ways to get from Bellingham to Nanaimo by bus, car ferry, car, train or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, car ferry  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Bellingham Cordata Station to Vancouver, BC Seattle-Vancouver / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay

$28 - $85

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Bellingham to Horseshoe Bay, BC
  2. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay

$22 - $72

4 alternative options

Train to Vancouver Harbour, fly to Nanaimo Harbour  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Bellingham Amtrak Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
  2. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour

$89 - $109

Bus to Vancouver Harbour, fly to Nanaimo Harbour  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Bellingham, Wa to Vancouver, Bc
  2. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour

$90 - $115

Train to Coal Harbour Spb, fly to Nanaimo  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Bellingham Amtrak Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
  2. Fly from Coal Harbour Spb (CXH) to Nanaimo (ZNA) CXH - ZNA

$99 - $224

Train to Vancouver, fly to Nanaimo  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Bellingham Amtrak Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
  2. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Nanaimo (ZNA) YVR - ZNA

$101 - $218

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bellingham to Nanaimo is to drive and car ferry which costs $21 - $75 and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bellingham to Nanaimo is to drive and car ferry which costs $21 - $75 and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The distance between Bellingham and Nanaimo is 72 miles.

The best way to get from Bellingham to Nanaimo without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 7 h 21 min and costs $28 - $85.

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It takes approximately 7 h 21 min to get from Bellingham to Nanaimo, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport is the direct flight which takes 20 min.

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Helijet International offers flights from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Nanaimo. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 72 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 21 min

What companies run services between Bellingham, WA, USA and Nanaimo, BC, Canada?

There is no direct connection from Bellingham to Nanaimo. However, you can take the line 232 bus to Bellingham Cordata Station, take the bus to Vancouver, BC, take the walk to Main Street-Science World Station Platform 1, take the subway to Burrard Station Platform 1, take the walk to Westbound W Georgia St @ Burrard St, take the line 250 bus to Bus Stop @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Horseshoe Bay, BC, take the car ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, take the walk to Departure Bay Ferry, then take the line 20 bus to Wentworth at Richards. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Horseshoe Bay, BC then take the car ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay.

Airlines
Helijet International
Website
helijet.com
Flights from Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
Flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Bellingham Amtrak Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$12 - $20
Business Seat
$28
Bus operators
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from Bellingham Cordata Station to Vancouver, BC
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
boltbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Bellingham, Wa to Vancouver, Bc
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Ferry operators
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Book at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Other operators
Harbour Air
Phone
1.800.665.0212
Website
harbourair.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$83
Schedules at
harbourair.com
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com

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