Getting Here & Your Arrival

 

Getting Here

 There are three ways to travel to Nanaimo:

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is a quick 15 minute flight from Vancouver (YVR), or a 1.5 hour flight from Calgary (YYC).

When planning your flight arrangements, make YCD your final destination if possible and review information about transportation from the airport to Nanaimo City Centre.

The cost for a shuttle or taxi will vary but expect the following range as an estimate: $50 (to downtown or VIU) - $75 (to North Nanaimo)

NANAIMO AIRPORTER

Nanaimo Airporter is a van service from Departure Bay, Gabriola and Duke Point Ferry terminals as well as the Nanaimo airport.You can access their Booking on-line or call 1-888-758-2133. When booking online add "VIU international student" under the "Special Instructions" window.

From the airport: For the first 2 passengers (whether there is 1 or 2) the cost is $26.00, and each additional passenger after the first 2 is $5.00 more. For example 3 passengers $31.00 (or $10.35 per person) 4 passengers is $36.00 (or $9.00 per person) all passengers must be going to VIU to get this deal.

NANAIMO REGIONAL TRANSIT

BC Transit offers public transportation from Nanaimo Airport to downtown Nanaimo on Route 78. The bus will take 25 minutes from Nanaimo Airport to downtown Nanaimo. The cost to travel on the bus is $2.50 exact cash is needed for the bus as change will not be provided.

For an updated schedule, check the BC Transit Nanaimo website.

BC Ferries

Travel by Nanaimo by ferry to Nanaimo from either Horsehoe Bay (North Vancouver) or Tsawwassen (40 minutes south of Vancouver). BC Ferries is one of the largest ferry systems in the world. These ferries have amenities such as a cafeteria, café, gift shop, comfortable seating, arcades and on some ferries complimentary WiFi.

HORSESHOE BAY TO DEPARTURE BAY (1.5 HOURS)

This route is recommended, as you arrive in downtown Nanaimo with better access to public transportation.

TSAWWASSEN TO DUKE POINT (2 HOURS)

The Duke Point Ferry Terminal is 20 minutes south of Nanaimo. 

BC Ferries Information:

Plan your transfer from the ferry to your destination:

Nanaimo Airporter is a van service from Departure Bay, Gabriola and Duke Point Ferry terminals as well as the Nanaimo airport.You can access their Booking on-line or call 1-888-758-2133. When booking online add "VIU international student" under the "Special Instructions" window. The Nanaimo Airporter must be booked in advance. The cost from the Ferry to the University is $15.00 for the first passenger and $5.00 per person after that.

 

There are two seaplane companies that fly from Vancouver to Nanaimo:

Note these companies may have restrictions on the amount of luggage & weight of luggage you can carry and also have limitations to their ability to travel in fog (common in winter months). Watch for sales and student prices.

Both seaplane companies have terminals located downtown Vancouver and at the YVR's South Terminal, a short taxi or shuttle from the main terminal. Approximate travel time by seaplane is 20 minutes. 

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