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  1. Take the bus from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada Victoria

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Drive  •  1h 35m

  1. Drive from Victoria to Nanaimo 111.4 km

Victoria to Nanaimo by bus

The bus journey time between Victoria and Nanaimo is around 2h and covers a distance of around 114 km. Operated by Island Link Bus and Vancouver Island Connector, the Victoria to Nanaimo bus service departs from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn and arrives in Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada. Typically 30 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

30 Weekly Buses
2h Average Duration
$26 Cheapest Price
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Victoria → Nanaimo
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Nanaimo is 1-833-784-4397.

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The social distance requirement in Nanaimo is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Victoria to Nanaimo is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 1h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Victoria to Nanaimo is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 1h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn and arriving at Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h.

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The distance between Victoria and Nanaimo is 92 km. The road distance is 111.4 km.

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The best way to get from Victoria to Nanaimo without a car is to bus which takes 2h and costs $26 - $120.

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The bus from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada takes 2h including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Victoria to Nanaimo bus services, operated by Island Link Bus, depart from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn station.

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Victoria to Nanaimo bus services, operated by Island Link Bus, arrive at Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Victoria to Nanaimo is 111 km. It takes approximately 1h 35m to drive from Victoria to Nanaimo.

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  • Distance: 92 km
  • Duration: 2h

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

Island Link Bus operates a bus from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada 3 times a day. Tickets cost $31 - $36 and the journey takes 2h. Vancouver Island Connector also services this route twice daily.

Bus operators
Island Link Bus
Email
info@islandlinkbus.com
Website
islandlinkbus.com
Bus from Victoria, BC - Sandman Inn to Nanaimo, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Canada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$31 - $36
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islandlinkbus.com
Vancouver Island Connector
Phone
1 866 986 3466
Email
info@tofinobus.com
Website
viconnector.com
Bus from Victoria, BC - Douglas at Finlayson to Nanaimo, BC - Port Place Shopping Mall
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $120
Schedules at
viconnector.com
Seniors
$26 - $31
Adult
$29 - $34

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