There are 4 ways to get from Sidney to Nanaimo by car ferry, bus or car

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

Car ferry, bus  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
  2. Take the bus from Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada 1405-Y 1407-Y / ...

$18 - $50

Cheapest option

Line 72 bus, bus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the line 72 bus from Fifth at Bevan to Belleville at Douglas 70 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Victoria, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada Northbound / ...

$14 - $42

2 alternative options

Car ferry  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
  2. Take the car ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo

$28 - $122

Drive  •  1 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Sidney to Nanaimo 81.1 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Sidney to Nanaimo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 1 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sidney to Nanaimo is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 1 h 48 min.

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The distance between Sidney and Nanaimo is 70 km. The road distance is 129.8 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to get from Sidney to Nanaimo, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sidney to Nanaimo. However, there are services departing from Fifth at Bevan and arriving at Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada via Victoria, BC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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What companies run services between Sidney, BC, Canada and Nanaimo, BC, Canada?

You can take a bus from Sidney to Nanaimo via Belleville at Douglas and Victoria, BC in around 3 h 50 min.

Bus operators
Island Link Bus
Phone
lbrisco@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 - $27
Schedules at
islandlinkbus.com
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
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 Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $24
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
BC Transit - Victoria Regional Transit System
Website
bctransit.com
Bus from Fifth at Bevan to Belleville at Douglas
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
bctransit.com
Ferry operators
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 - $20
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$6
Standard Vehicle
$20
Motorcycle
$13
Car ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$13
Standard Vehicle
$57
Motorcycle
$35
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
$13
Standard Vehicle
$57
Morotcycle
$35

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