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

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Recommended option

Fly Digby Island to Nanaimo  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Digby Island (YPR) to Nanaimo (YCD) YPR - YCD

$132 - $568

Cheapest option

Fly Digby Island to Nanaimo #2  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Digby Island (YPR) to Nanaimo (ZNA) YPR - ZNA

$110 - $460

3 alternative options

Train to Terrace, fly to Nanaimo  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Prince Rupert to Terrace
  2. Fly from Terrace (YXT) to Nanaimo (YCD) YXT - YCD

$191 - $543

Car ferry, bus  •  22 h 24 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Prince Rupert, BC to Port Hardy
  2. Take the bus from Port Hardy to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada North Island Express Southbound

$214 - $627

Drive, car ferry  •  22 h 18 min

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

$139 - $243

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo is to drive and car ferry which costs $180 - $320 and takes 22 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 7 h 6 min.

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The distance between Prince Rupert and Nanaimo is 721 km.

The best way to get from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo without a car is to car ferry and bus which takes 22 h 24 min and costs $280 - $850.

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It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Digby Island Airport to Nanaimo Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 1 min and has one stopover.

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Air Canada offers flights from Digby Island Airport to Nanaimo Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Nanaimo. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Prince Rupert to Digby Island Airport is to bus and ferry which takes 30 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo.
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  • Distance: 450.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 6 min

What companies run services between Prince Rupert, BC, Canada and Nanaimo, BC, Canada?

Air Canada flies from Prince Rupert to Nanaimo 3 times a day.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Digby Island to Nanaimo via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Terrace to Nanaimo via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Terrace to Nanaimo via Calgary, Vancouver
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Terrace to Nanaimo via Vancouver, Calgary
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Helijet International
Website
helijet.com
Flights from Digby Island to Nanaimo via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
15 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Prince Rupert to Terrace
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$22 - $45
Economy
$40 - $60
EconomyPlus
$60 - $90
Business
$60 - $90
Bus operators
Tofino Bus
Phone
Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 Local: 250.725.2871
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
tofinobus.com
Bus from Port Hardy to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.com
Ferry operators
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Prince Rupert, BC to Port Hardy
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Book at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$158
Standard Vehicle
$516
Motorcycle
$337
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

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