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There are 34 intercity buses per day from Nanaimo to Vancouver. Traveling by bus from Nanaimo to Vancouver usually takes around 6 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Tofino Bus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 55 minutes.
|Distance||38 mi (61 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 55m|
|Most frequent service||Tofino Bus|
What bus companies travel from Nanaimo to Vancouver?
There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Nanaimo to Vancouver. Tofino Bus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Tofino Bus||34||6h 29m||€86.50|
Tofino Bus is an intercity bus company operating in Canada, with seasonal summer services to popular destinations on Vancouver Island. It offers excellent facilities such as air conditioning, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and WiFi, and is known for friendly and helpful drivers, providing a pleasant travel experience.
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The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 29 minutes to cover the 61 kilometers from Nanaimo to Vancouver. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 55 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Vancouver at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.
The first bus leaves at 13:00 and the last bus leaves at 13:00. To see the times for all buses from Nanaimo to Vancouver, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!
If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.
Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.
Where does the bus leave from in Nanaimo?
Main departure station: Departure Bay - Ferries Terminal Bus Stop
Nanaimo has two bus stations with service to Vancouver.
All bus stations in Nanaimo:
Departure Bay - Ferries Terminal Bus Stop
Port Place Mall (Carry-on Luggage Only)
Where does the bus arrive in Vancouver?
Main arrival station: Sandman Suites
Buses arrive in Vancouver at 15 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.
Bus stations in Vancouver:
Cambie St & King Edward St - Bus Stop Bay 4
Sutton Place Hotel
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Vancouver - Cambie and Broadway
Pacific Central Station
Century Plaza Hotel
Holiday Inn on Howe
Georgian Court Hotel
Westin Bayshore Hotel
Blue Horizon Hotel
Best Western Sands Hotel
Cambie St & 41st St- Bus Stop Bay 1
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