There are 5 ways to get from Nanaimo to Anacortes by bus, ferry, car ferry, car, plane or train

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, ferry  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Victoria, BC - Conference Center 1406-Y / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Sidney B.C. to Anacortes Sidney B.C. - Anacortes

$42 - $83

Cheapest option

Car ferry, drive  •  3 h 37 min

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

$27 - $79

3 alternative options

Car ferry, ferry  •  10 h 26 min

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

$54 - $159

Fly Nanaimo Harbour to Vancouver Harbour, bus  •  4 h

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

$222 - $273

Fly Nanaimo Harbour to Vancouver Harbour, train  •  4 h 16 min

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

$219 - $259

Questions & Answers

The distance between Nanaimo and Anacortes is 121 km.

The cheapest way to get from Nanaimo to Anacortes is to car ferry and drive which costs $35 - $110 and takes 3 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Nanaimo to Anacortes is to car ferry and drive which takes 3 h 37 min and costs $35 - $110.

It takes approximately 9 h 2 min to get from Nanaimo to Anacortes, including transfers.

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

There is no direct connection from Nanaimo to Anacortes. However, you can take the line 20 bus to Northbound Trans-Canada at Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay Ferry, take the walk to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada, take the bus to Victoria, BC - Conference Center, take the walk to Northbound Douglas at Elliot Street, take the line 72 bus to Northbound Fifth at Ocean, take the walk to Sidney B.C., take the ferry to Anacortes, take the walk to Anacortes Ferry Dock, then take the shuttle to Anacortes - Shell. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Nanaimo to Anacortes via Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Swartz Bay Passenger Loop, Southbound Fifth at Ocean, Sidney B.C., Anacortes, and Anacortes Ferry Dock in around 10 h 26 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Vancouver Pacific Central Station Amtrak to Bellingham Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$12 - $16
Business Seat
$28
Bus operators
Island Link Bus
Phone
lbrisco@islandlinkbus.com
Website
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Victoria, BC - Conference Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
islandlinkbus.com
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 Nanaimo, BC - Departure Bay to Victoria, BC - Bus Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Nanaimo, BC to Victoria, BC
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$12 - $18
Online Fare
$13 - $28
Standard Fare
$22 - $35
Refundable
$26 - $40
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Vancouver, Bc to Bellingham, Wa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Ferry operators
Washington State Ferries
Website
wsdot.com
Ferry from Sidney B.C. to Anacortes
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
wsdot.com
BC Ferries
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Nanaimo to Tsawwassen
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
Car ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Car ferry from Nanaimo Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay, BC
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 Nanaimo Harbour to Vancouver Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
harbourair.com
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Nanaimo Harbour to Vancouver Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com

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