Nanaimo to Vancouver bus

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Nanaimo - Vancouver Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

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.

Distance38 mi (61 km)
Shortest duration5h 55m
Cheapest price$86.23
Most frequent serviceTofino Bus
Bus lines1

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.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tofino Bus346h 29m$92.26
  • 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 6 hours and 29 minutes to cover the 38 miles 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.

The busiest and least busy days to travel on this route tend to change frequently from week to week. Weather, holidays, local events, and other factors can affect how crowded the bus is on any given day.

The first bus leaves at 1:00pm and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Nanaimo to Vancouver, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 34 scheduled buses that travel from Nanaimo to Vancouver 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


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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Nanaimo?

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

Nanaimo has two bus stations with service to Vancouver.

All bus stations in Nanaimo:

  • Port Place Mall (Carry-on Luggage Only)

  • Departure Bay - Ferries Terminal Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Vancouver?

Main arrival station: Holiday Inn on Howe

Buses arrive in Vancouver at 15 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Vancouver:

  • Holiday Inn on Howe

  • Century Plaza Hotel

  • Cambie and 59th Bus Stop

  • Best Western Sands Hotel

  • Georgian Court Hotel

  • Pacific Central Station

  • Cambie and 49th - Bus Stop Bay 4

  • Sutton Place Hotel

  • Cambie St & 41st St- Bus Stop Bay 1

  • Fairmont Hotel

  • Sandman Suites

  • Vancouver - Cambie and Broadway

  • Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

  • Cambie St & King Edward St - Bus Stop Bay 4

  • Blue Horizon Hotel

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