There are 3 ways to get from Swartz Bay 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  •  3 h 3 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 / ...

$19 - $51

Cheapest option

Car ferry, drive  •  1 h 49 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Brentwood Bay, BC to Mill Bay, BC
  2. Drive from Mill Bay, BC to Nanaimo

$14 - $32

1 alternative option

Car ferry  •  5 h 25 min

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

$26 - $117

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct ferry from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo. However, there are services departing from Swartz Bay and arriving at Nanaimo via Tsawwassen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

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The distance between Swartz Bay and Nanaimo is 66 km.

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The best way to get from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo without a car is to car ferry which takes 5 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo, including transfers.

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There are 91+ hotels available in Nanaimo. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo.
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  • Distance: 41.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

What companies run services between Swartz Bay, BC, Canada and Nanaimo, BC, Canada?

There is no direct connection from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo. However, you can 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 car ferry from Swartz Bay to Nanaimo via Tsawwassen in around 5 h 25 min.

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 - $27
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
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 - $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
$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
$14
Standard Vehicle
$57
Morotcycle
$35

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