Victoria to Nanaimo bus

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Victoria to Nanaimo. Traveling by bus from Victoria to Nanaimo usually takes around 2 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Tofino Bus bus can make the trip in just one hour and 55 minutes.

Distance57 mi (92 km)
Shortest duration1h 55m
Cheapest price€22.21
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceTofino Bus
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Victoria to Nanaimo

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




27 May 2022- Solo travel

VI Connector

Pros: The bad : The bus felt sort of old. So much rattling noises that makes it hard to snooze off for a bit. Every time the bus downshifts, it jerks which wakes you up if you’re dozed off. The good : Left the depot on time. And this is the major one: the bus driver. This guy deserves a raise. He was very professional, friendly, funny and made the trip a breeze. Highway was shut down because of a fire and he made the extra 1hr detour kind of okay with his funny jokes and stuff. Got me to my destination safe and sound! Cons: Maybe a newer bus or fix some of the rattling noises!



11 May 2022- Couples trip

VI Connector

Pros: Easy and relaxing. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Packing light if you can.



5 April 2022- Visiting family

VI Connector

Easy Peasy! Booking, payment and trip all easy.

What bus companies travel from Victoria to Nanaimo?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Victoria to Nanaimo. Tofino Bus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tofino Bus42h 5m€23.49
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 92 kilometers from Victoria to Nanaimo. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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 Nanaimo 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go."

The first bus leaves at 08:00 and the last bus leaves at 08:00. To see the times for all buses from Victoria to Nanaimo, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Victoria to Nanaimo every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Victoria to Nanaimo without transferring.

City Information


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Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and undoubtedly one of Canada's treasures. Walking through the iconic Inner Harbour is an excellent introduction to the city and gives tourists a chance to glimpse the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. In addition to these impressive buildings, Craigdarroch Castle showcases the British-influenced architecture with a heavy dose of opulence.

Enjoy some of the best weather in Canada while experiencing Victoria’s wide-ranging and first-rate outdoor activities. These include tranquil walks through the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, breathtaking bike rides along the Galloping Goose Trail, and ventures into the open ocean on whale watching tours.

Stemming from its history under British rule, Victoria maintains a rich tea culture that finds expression in the many cafes and tearooms around the city. If you can get a reservation, steep yourself (and your teabag) in the ultimate afternoon tea experience at the exclusive Empress Hotel.

Despite its island geography, Victoria is well served by a wide range of transport links that connect the city to major national and international locations. Extensive bus routes and rail networks provide accessible transit across Vancouver Island. In addition, the Victoria International Airport and ferry services running to Vancouver and Seattle connect Victoria to the Canadian and U.S. mainland.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Victoria?

Main departure station: Douglas at Finlayson Bus Stop

Victoria has two bus stations with service to Nanaimo.

All bus stations in Victoria:

  • Douglas at Finlayson Bus Stop

  • Victoria Bus Depot - Capital City Station

Where does the bus arrive in Nanaimo?

Main arrival station: Port Place Mall (Carry-on Luggage Only)

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Nanaimo.

Bus stations in Nanaimo:

  • Port Place Mall (Carry-on Luggage Only)

  • Departure Bay - Ferries Terminal Bus Stop

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