There are 5 ways to get from Vancouver to Nelson by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Castlegar  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Castlegar (YCG) YVR - YCG

$140 - $490

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Bus  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver, BC to Nelson, BC 5010

$40 - $110

3 alternative options

Fly to Trail, bus  •  4 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Trail (YZZ) YVR - YZZ
  2. Take the bus from Trail to Nelson

$154 - $414

Fly to Cranbrook, bus  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Cranbrook (YXC) YVR - YXC
  2. Take the bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson

$153 - $356

Drive  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Vancouver to Nelson 413.7 miles

$55 - $80

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vancouver, BC and arriving at Nelson, BC. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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The distance between Vancouver and Nelson is 423 km. The road distance is 661.9 km.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Nelson without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 19 min to get from Vancouver to Nelson, including transfers.

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Vancouver to Nelson bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Vancouver, BC station.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Nelson is to fly which takes 4 h 19 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Vancouver Airport to Castlegar Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 11 min.

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Vancouver to Nelson bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, arrive at Nelson, BC station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vancouver to Nelson is 662 km. It takes approximately 8 h 31 min to drive from Vancouver to Nelson.

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Air Canada offers flights from Vancouver Airport to Castlegar Airport.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 264.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 19 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, BC, Canada and Nelson, BC, Canada?

Air Canada flies from Vancouver to Nelson 3 times a day. Alternatively, Greyhound Canada operates a bus from Vancouver to Nelson once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 12 h 15 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to Castlegar
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Vancouver to Cranbrook
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Vancouver to Cranbrook via Calgary
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Website
pacificcoastal.com
Flights from Vancouver to Trail
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Vancouver to Cranbrook
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $460
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Vancouver to Cranbrook via Calgary
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $460
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Trail to Nelson
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$10 - $15
Online Fare
$10 - $24
Standard Fare
$18 - $26
Refundable
$21 - $35
Bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$17 - $26
Online Fare
$21 - $40
Standard Fare
$30 - $45
Refundable
$35 - $50
Bus from Vancouver, BC to Nelson, BC
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$40 - $60
Online Fare
$55 - $85
Standard Fare
$70 - $110
Refundable
$75 - $120

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There are 23+ hotels available in Nelson. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Vancouver Airport is to subway which takes 18 min and costs .

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