There are 3 ways to get from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay by car ferry, plane or bus

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

Carferry  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Take the carferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay

$16 - $66

2 alternative options

Fly Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour, line 91 bus  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour
  2. Take the line 91 bus from Departure Bay Ferry to Northwest Bay at Apollo

$80

Fly Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour, line 30 bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
  2. Take the line 30 bus from Front at Church to Woodgrove Centre Exchange Bay B

$81 - $87

Questions & Answers

The distance between Vancouver and Nanoose Bay is 78 km.

It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to get from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay, including transfers.

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There are 110+ hotels available in Nanoose Bay. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay.
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  • Distance: 48.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 18 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, BC, Canada and Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada?

BC Ferries operates a car ferry from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay every 3 hours. Tickets cost $13 - $60 and the journey takes 1 h 30 min.

Bus operators
BC Transit - Nanaimo
Phone
604-795-3838
Website
bctransit.com
Bus from Departure Bay Ferry to Northwest Bay at Apollo
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
bctransit.com
Bus from Front at Church to Woodgrove Centre Exchange Bay B
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
bctransit.com
Ferry operators
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
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
Other operators
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$79
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com
Harbour Air
Phone
1.800.665.0212
Website
harbourair.com
Plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$83
Schedules at
harbourair.com

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