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Barrie - Thunder Bay Bus Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Barrie to Thunder Bay. Traveling by bus from Barrie to Thunder Bay usually takes around 20 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Ontario Northland bus can make the trip in 19 hours and 47 minutes.

Distance532 mi (856 km)
Shortest duration19h 47m
Cheapest price€132.54
Most frequent serviceOntario Northland
Bus lines1

Price trends for buses from Barrie to Thunder Bay

Monthly average prices

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What bus companies travel from Barrie to Thunder Bay?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Barrie to Thunder Bay. Ontario Northland connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Ontario Northland820h 24m€138.08
  • Ontario Northland has been running buses since 1937 and continues to provide essential intercity service across Canada's second-largest province. Onboard their vehicles, passengers will find Wi-Fi connectivity described by passengers as excellent. Ontario Northland's clean and comfortable vehicles also include power outlets, air conditioning, and restrooms. Ontario Northland trips from Barrie to Thunder Bay usually take about 20 hours and 24 minutes, with an average ticket price of .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 20 hours and 23 minutes to cover the 856 kilometers from Barrie to Thunder Bay. However, the fastest bus only takes 19 hours and 47 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.

"Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

The first bus leaves at 11:00 and the last bus leaves at 12:00. To see the times for all buses from Barrie to Thunder Bay, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Barrie to Thunder Bay every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

City Information

Barrie

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Barrie is a beautiful lakeside city whose waterfront draws visitors from near and far. Kempenfelt Bay is home to three beaches, lush bayside gardens, and the serene Waterfront Trail, but Barrie also has much more to offer. A walking tour through the historic Downtown district reveals the city's diverse cultural and architectural heritage. This is also the place to embrace Barrie's thriving art scene in the form of the renowned MacLaren Art Centre and the city's iconic Spirit Catcher sculpture by the bay. Standout outdoor activities include hot air balloon rides over Barrie, Lake Simcoe scuba diving, and wintertime skiing.

With a dizzying selection of antique shops, flea markets, small boutiques, and big shopping malls, Barrie is home to a one-of-a-kind shopping culture that is well worth exploring. And if you're visiting during the ice hockey season, be sure to catch a game at the Barrie Molson Centre.

Barrie is well served by highway and rail links that connect the city to Toronto, from which destinations further afield are accessible. Intercity bus travel is available downtown from the centrally-located Barrie Bus Terminal.

Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay is a city on Lake Superior, near the US border in Minnesota. It is home to the second largest curling rock in the world and offers impressive natural scenery and historic architecture.

Thunder Bay has exciting outdoor locations and kid-friendly activities, like the Loch Lomond Ski Area for snowboarding and skiing and the Kakabeka Falls offering a great view of the waterfall. The Terry Fox National Historic Person Plaque is a top historical site in the city, while art lovers can check modern pieces by native artists at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Check out Centennial Park, which combines recreations with a living museum. Thunder Bay features the Centennial Conservatory for seeing flowers, and the Quetico Provincial Park is ideal for canoeing and camping.

Downtown Thunder Bay South is the city center, where you can view numerous cultural attractions and landmarks. The city hosts the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition every August, an annual fair for all ages. You can check out Hoito Restaurant, one of the oldest in Canada, for its Finnish-Canadian cuisine and the booming craft brewery scene in the city.

You can visit Thunder Bay by train, with most routes provided by Ontario Northland.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Barrie?

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Main departure station: 24 Maple Ave

Built in 1991 to replace an older terminal across the street, the Barrie Bus Terminal on Maple Ave is one of Barrie's municipal and intercity bus stations. Ontario Northland buses run from this station to destinations like Toronto and Ottawa. Inside the large building, passengers will find plenty of seating, restrooms, and customer service staff. The bus terminal is close to the bars and restaurants along nearby Dunlop Street and a short walk from Heritage Park on Lake Simcoe.

All bus stations in Barrie:

  • 24 Maple Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Thunder Bay?

Main arrival station: Landmark Hotel

Buses arrive in Thunder Bay at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Thunder Bay:

  • Landmark Hotel

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

  • 1010 Dawson Rd

  • Lakehead University

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