There are 4 ways to get from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo by ferry, car ferry, bus 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

Ferry, car ferry, bus  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C.
  2. Take the car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
  3. Take the bus from Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada

$31 - $70

Cheapest option

Ferry, bus  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C. Friday Harbor - Sidney B.C.
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada Northbound / ...

$27 - $60

2 alternative options

Ferry, car ferry  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C.
  2. Take the car ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
  3. Take the car ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo

$41 - $140

Ferry, fly  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C.
  2. Fly from Victoria (YYJ) to Nanaimo (YCD) YYJ - YCD

$60 - $318

Questions & Answers

The distance between Friday Harbor and Nanaimo is 61 miles.

The best way to get from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 5 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 14 min to get from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Victoria Airport to Nanaimo Airport is the direct flight which takes 15 min.

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Island Express offers flights from Victoria Airport to Nanaimo Airport.

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There are 91+ hotels available in Nanaimo. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo.
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  • Distance: 60.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 14 min

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

There is no direct connection from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo. However, you can take the ferry to Sidney B.C., take the drive to Brentwood Bay, BC, take the car ferry to Mill Bay, BC, take the drive to Mill Bay, BC, then take the bus to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Friday Harbor to Nanaimo via Sidney B.C., Fifth at Ocean, Belleville at Douglas, and Victoria, BC in around 5 h 21 min.

Airlines
Island Express
Website
islandexpressair.com
Flights from Victoria to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$24 - $270
Bus operators
Island Link Bus
Email
info@islandlinkbus.com
Website
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Book at
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC - Conference Center to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Book at
islandlinkbus.com
Tofino Bus
Phone
Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 Local: 250.725.2871
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
tofinobus.com
Bus from Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
Ferry operators
Washington State Ferries
Website
wsdot.com
Ferry from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C.
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
wsdot.com
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $21
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$7
Standard Vehicle
$21
Motorcycle
$14
Car ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Car ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Morotcycle
$36

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