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There are 4 ways to get from Vancouver to Nanaimo by plane or car ferry

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Fly Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour  •  20 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour

$75 - $85

Cheapest option

Car ferry  •  1 h 51 min

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

$50 - $104

2 alternative options

Fly Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour  •  15 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour

$78

Fly Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo  •  20 min

  1. Fly from Coal Harbour Spb (CXH) to Nanaimo (ZNA) CXH - ZNA

$85 - $200

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Nanaimo is to fly which costs $102 and takes 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to Nanaimo is to fly which costs $102 and takes 15 min.

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The distance between Vancouver and Nanaimo is 61 km.

The best way to get from Vancouver to Nanaimo without a car is to car ferry which takes 1 h 51 min and costs $65 - $140.

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The plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour takes 20 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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The quickest flight from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport is the direct flight which takes 20 min.

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Helijet International offers flights from Coal Harbour Spb Airport to Nanaimo Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Nanaimo. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
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  • Distance: 38.1 miles
  • Duration: 20 min

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

Harbour Air flies from Vancouver to Nanaimo hourly.

Airlines
Helijet International
Website
helijet.com
Flights from Coal Harbour Spb to Nanaimo
Ave. Duration
20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $200
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
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
Seaair Seaplanes
Website
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
Plane from Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$78
Schedules at
seairseaplanes.com

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