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Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

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Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Advice please:

We're arriving as foot passengers in Swartz Bay from Vancouver and need to hire a car to drive to Tofino. Any suggestions, as there don't seem to be any car hire outlets that close to the ferry terminal?


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1. Re: Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Your best bet may be to get a cab to Victoria International Airport which is only about 15 minutes away from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. Being an airport, they have several different car rental agencies. According to the Airport website, they have Avis, Budget, Hertz & National car rentals, so you could get on their websites and book ahead for the date of your choosing.

Also, they list Thrifty, Discount and Enterprise as other companies that are in Sidney, BC, which is also about 10 minutes away from Swartz Bay (just before the airport).

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2. Re: Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Enterprise for sure will pick you up @ the Ferry Terminal and I'd be surprised if others didn't offer the same service.

However if you're thinking of driving directly from Swartz Bay to Tofino you'd be much better off taking the Ferry from Tsawwassen to Duke Point instead-consult an Island map for further details.

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3. Re: Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Thank you both for your suggestions.

The original plan was to sail into Nanaimo, but we need to leave the island via Victoria as we're sailing to Seattle for a wedding. The car hire folks weren't keen on a one way hire.

I'll go with the taxi / shuttle to the airport.

Thanks again.

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4. Re: Car Hire from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Take Sam's suggestion. Reserve a car in advance and the rental agency will most likely be able to meet you at the ferry. I live in Victoria and think the taxi rates here are outrageous!

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