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There are 2 ways to get from Nanaimo to Sonora Island by bus or ferry

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Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Campbell River, BC - 11th Ave at Cedar St Nanaimo
  2. Take the ferry from Campbell River, BC to Barnes Bay Campbell River

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry via Woodgrove Centre Exchange Bay A  •  6h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Nanaimo, BC - Woodgrove Mall to Campbell River, BC - Bus Depot Nanaimo
  2. Take the ferry from Campbell River, BC to Barnes Bay Campbell River
Nanaimo → Sonora Island
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Sonora Island is 1-833-784-4397.

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The distance between Nanaimo and Sonora Island is 163 km.

The best way to get from Nanaimo to Sonora Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 4h 40m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 40m to get from Nanaimo to Sonora Island, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Nanaimo to Sonora Island.
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  • Distance: 163.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Nanaimo, BC, Canada and Sonora Island, BC, Canada?

There is no direct connection from Nanaimo to Sonora Island. However, you can take the bus to Campbell River, BC - 11th Ave at Cedar St, take the walk to Campbell River, BC, then take the ferry to Barnes Bay. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Nanaimo to Sonora Island via Woodgrove Centre Exchange Bay A, Nanaimo, BC - Woodgrove Mall, Campbell River, BC - Bus Depot, and Campbell River, BC in around 6h 34m.

Bus operators
Island Link Bus
Email
info@islandlinkbus.com
Website
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Campbell River, BC - 11th Ave at Cedar St
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Book at
islandlinkbus.com
Vancouver Island Connector
Phone
1 866 986 3466
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
viconnector.com
Bus from Nanaimo, BC - Bus Depot to Campbell River, BC - Bus Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Schedules at
viconnector.com
Seniors
$30 - $40
Adult
$35 - $45
Bus from Nanaimo, BC - Woodgrove Mall to Campbell River, BC - Bus Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $120
Schedules at
viconnector.com
Seniors
$31 - $37
Adult
$35 - $45
Ferry operators
Discovery Launch Water Taxi
Phone
+1 250-287-7577
Email
info@discoverylaunch.com
Website
discoverylaunch.com
Ferry from Campbell River, BC to Barnes Bay
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
On demand
Schedules at
discoverylaunch.com

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