Transit

The Regional District of Nanaimo and BC Transit together operate Regional Transit .  It provides both regular transit service and HandyDART custom transit service to the area from Cedar in the south of the Regional District to Qualicum Beach in the north.

From departure Bay Ferry Terminal, take bus # 2 or 2A south to downtown, including the train station, or north to Woodgrove shopping centre. 30 minute frequency. Connections can be made at Woodgrove to the #90 to Parksville.

Regional Transit serves urban residential areas and provides participating rural areas with connections to shopping, educational and recreational facilities in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

HandyDART (Dial A Ride Transport) provides door-to-door transportation for people with special needs.  Anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from using regular transit is eligible to register for HandyDART’s dial-a-ride service. There is no registration fee.

Bicycling

Quite bicycle-friendly, aside from a scarcity of bike racks on the streets. Highways (19 & 19A) have wide shoulders and moderate grades.  Downtown is an easy 3-km cycle (or walk) from ferry, either along Stewart or the Harbourside  Walkway trail. There are dedicated multi-use paths, notably the E&N trail which runs alongside both 19A and the E&N Railway line north to Mostar Road, and the Parkway Trail which runs north to south along Highway 19. Traffic is light compared to other cities so that cycling feels safe.

Parking 

Long-term parking is available in the city, and 24-hour paid parking lots can be found at many of the larger business areas in town, including the Port Place Shopping Centre, Pioneer Plaza, Departure Bay, Duke Point and Nanaimo Airport.