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Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

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Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

Hi everyone,

I need to get from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport. My Dad can drop me off at the ferry terminal at Nanaimo, but from there i'm on my own. What's the best way to go by ferry? Is it the north route to Departure Bay, or the southerly one to Tsawassen? and can I get a bus from the ferry terminal to Vancouver Airport?

Thanks for your help


Victoria, Canada
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1. Re: Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

How much patience do you have? It is possible to use public transit from either ferry terminal to the airport. Translink has a good trip planner on their website. It will take a couple of transfers but its very inexpensive


I think that Islandlink Bus will also pick you up in Horseshoe Bay for about $30 but I've not used them before.

Pacific Coast Line does trips between Victoria and Vancouver and you could potentially catch that from Tswassen, but it would be a similiar price.

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2. Re: Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

Maybe this would work http://www.islandlinkbus.com/

From the Tsawassen terminal it's fairly easy to travel to YVR as mentioned.

Newer more frequent buses means you'll only have to transfer once @ Airport Station.

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3. Re: Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

If your dad doesn't mind the extra bit of driving, get down to the Duke Point ferry terminal south of Nanaimo and take the mid-island connector to Tsawassen. This will save you trying to cross downtown to get to the airport. The translink website will be able to direct you from there. www.translink.bc.ca

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4. Re: Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

Hey Larissa,

I've never been to the Horseshoe Bay terminal, but have taken public transit from the Tsawwassen terminal to the airport many times.

Check out the translink website that others have given. Sometimes it's only one bus from the ferry to the airport station.

Otherwise it will look like this:

From ferry terminal you will take a bus about ten minutes drive to Ladner Exchange. From there you will take the bus to Airport Station (about thirty minutes give or take traffic). Then get on the airport transfer bus (comes every couple of minutes) which will drop you off right at the departure terminal!!

Good luck!

5. Re: Getting from Nanaimo to Vancouver Airport

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