Fares

Ferry fares normally change on April 1 each year.  The fares shown below will apply from April 1 2015, when an average 3.9% increase is applied in accordance with an earlier price cap determined by the BC Ferry Commissioner.

A 1% fare rebate is also being applied from April 1 until further notice, reflecting the ongoing reduction in fuel prices below the level anticipated when the price cap was set. Fares shown in red are the fares payable after the 1% rebate has been applied. The rebate does not apply to fares paid through the BC Resident Assistance Program.  The application of the 1% rebate has been estimated on some of the fares shown below; it may be rounded up or down to the next 5 cents. 

All fares in this table are ROUND TRIP fares, payable on the Nanaimo side. Vehicle fares do not include the driver or passengers, which are chargeable separately

Standard Fare Experience Card Fare * Restrictions (if any)
    $ $  
Passengers aged 12+ 11.25 (11.10)  6.55 (6.45)
aged 5-11 5.65 (5.60) 3.25 (3.20)
BC Seniors 5.65 3.25 Mondays to Thursdays (except statutory holidays)
Permanently disabled (aged 12+) & escort 5.65 3.25
Permanently disabled (aged 5-11) & escort 2.85 1.65
Bicycles 2.00 Free
Motorcycles 13.25 (13.10) 8.45 (8.35)
Passenger Vehicles up to 20 ft in length 26.45 (26.15) 16.90 (16.75)
each additional foot     (over 20 feet) per foot 3.20 3.20
Commercial Vehicles         (over 5,500 kg GVW) per foot 3.20 3.20
Buses (16+ passengers) per foot 2.75 2.75
 *  Experience Cards are available from the Nanaimo Harbour terminal and require a minimum top-up value to be applied once the balance on the card falls below the amount required for a round-trip fare. Experience Cards issued for Vehicle and Passenger fares require a minimum top-up of $115.  Cards issued for Passenger-only fares require a minimum top-up of $65. These amounts have not changed with the April 2015 fare increase.

Who sets the fares?

Fares on BC’s Coastal Ferries are regulated by the BC Ferry Commissioner, who sets an annual “price cap” – a limit on the percentage increase that may be applied to the average fare charged by BC Ferries.  The average is calculated by reference to a ‘basket’ of fares from across the ferry system.  The “price cap” is the level of fare increase that the Ferry Commissioner considers will be necessary to fund the gap between BC Ferries’ costs of operation and the amount of financial support being made available by  government.

The chart below shows how fares have increased since 2003. Until 2008, all the fares shown are off-peak fares (peak summer fares were higher). Since 2009, there has been no peak supplement.

Prepaid fares up to 2009 were paper tickets; from 2010 these are Experience Card fares.

Click on the chart below for a printable copy.

fares

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