There are 4 ways to get from Vancouver to Orcas Island by train, ferry, bus, car ferry or plane

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

Train, ferry  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Bellingham Amtrak Amtrak Cascades
  2. Take the ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island Anacortes - Orcas Island

$175 - $235

Cheapest option

Car ferry, ferry  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  2. Take the ferry from Sidney B.C. to Friday Harbor
  3. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island

$35 - $91

2 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Vancouver, Bc to Bellingham, Wa 1429 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island Anacortes - Orcas Island

$162 - $211

Amtrak Thruway, fly  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA - Amtrak
  2. Take the plane from Seattle/Lake Union - Seaplane Terminal to Deer Harbor

$326 - $341

Questions & Answers

The distance between Vancouver and Orcas Island is 68 km.

The best way to get from Vancouver to Orcas Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 4 h 47 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Vancouver to Orcas Island, including transfers.

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There are 57+ hotels available in Orcas Island. Prices start at $177 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Orcas Island.
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  • Distance: 42.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, BC, Canada and Orcas Island, WA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Vancouver to Orcas Island. However, you can take the train to Bellingham Amtrak, take the taxi to Anacortes, then take the ferry to Orcas Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Vancouver to Orcas Island via Bellingham, Wa and Anacortes in around 4 h 56 min.

Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Bellingham Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Vancouver, Bc to Bellingham, Wa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800 872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Ferry operators
Washington State Ferries
Website
wsdot.com
Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
wsdot.com
Ferry from Sidney B.C. to Friday Harbor
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
wsdot.com
Ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
wsdot.com
BC Ferries
Phone
+1 250-386-343
Website
bcferries.com
Car ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $60
Schedules at
bcferries.com
Passenger
$14
Standard Vehicle
$58
Motorcycle
$36
Other operators
Kenmore Air
Phone
866.435.9524
Email
customerservice@kenmoreair.com
Website
kenmoreair.com
Plane from Seattle/Lake Union - Seaplane Terminal to Deer Harbor
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$296
Schedules at
kenmoreair.com

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