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There are 5 ways to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni by car ferry, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Car ferry, bus  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
  2. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Port Alberni Tofino Express Northbound

$33 - $87

Cheapest option

Car ferry, drive  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay, BC to Nanaimo Departure Bay
  2. Drive from Nanaimo Departure Bay to Port Alberni

$21 - $73

3 alternative options

Fly Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour, bus  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver SeaAir Airport to Nanaimo Harbour
  2. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Port Alberni

$96 - $103

Fly Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour, bus  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the plane from Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo Harbour
  2. Take the bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Port Alberni

$96 - $109

Fly Vancouver to Comox, drive  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Vancouver (YVR) to Comox (YQQ) YVR - YQQ
  2. Drive from Comox to Port Alberni

$92 - $208

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni is to car ferry and drive which costs $27 - $95 and takes 3 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni is to fly and bus which costs $125 - $135 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Vancouver and Port Alberni is 122 km.

The best way to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni without a car is to car ferry and bus which takes 5 h 51 min and costs $40 - $120.

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It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Vancouver Airport to Comox Airport is the direct flight which takes 35 min.

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WestJet, Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines offer flights from Vancouver Airport to Comox Airport.

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There are 21+ hotels available in Port Alberni. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vancouver to Vancouver Airport is to subway which takes 25 min and costs $3 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Vancouver to Port Alberni.
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  • Distance: 76.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 51 min

What companies run services between Vancouver, Canada and Port Alberni, BC, Canada?

There is no direct connection from Vancouver to Port Alberni. However, you can take the line 250 bus to Bus Stop @ Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Horseshoe Bay, BC, take the car ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, take the walk to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada, then take the bus to Port Alberni. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Horseshoe Bay, BC, take the car ferry to Nanaimo Departure Bay, then take the drive to Port Alberni.

Airlines
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Website
pacificcoastal.com
Flights from Vancouver to Comox
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $460
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Vancouver to Comox
Ave. Duration
41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Vancouver to Comox
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Bus operators
Tofino Bus
Phone
Toll Free: 1.866.986.3466 Local: 250.725.2871
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
tofinobus.com
Bus from Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada to Port Alberni
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
tofinobus.com
Book at
tofinobus.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
$78
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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