Vancouver Island transportation services are modern and efficient.
Whether you're on a budget and looking for public transportation
schedules, or want to go all out with a helicopter tour, we'll help you
find the best way to get to your next destination while visiting the island.
If you'd like to explore ahead of time, this page will help you figure out all your Vancouver Island transportation options.
If you arrive by ferry, you may be able to bring your car or RV along.
Many ferries to Vancouver Island take vehicles, so if you choose this option you can bring your own transportation with you.
However, there may still be times when you'd prefer to leave your vehicle at your home base and explore the island in other ways.
And of course if you fly in, or you don’t bring a car, you'll need to know about your options for getting around.
Most communities on Vancouver Island have a public transit system, though it's definitely easier to get around in the larger cities where the buses run more frequently and tend to cover a wider area.
You can click to view schedules and maps for all the communities served by public transit on Vancouver Island.
While our public transit system provides service within towns and cities, these larger operators can get you from one city to another in comfort and at a reasonable cost.
However, in 2011 this popular Vancouver Island transportation service was halted due to safety concerns on the aging rail line. Since then a group known as the Island Corridor Foundation has been working to secure funding for much-needed repairs and upgrades to the line.
The passenger cars themselves will also be upgraded, and will have bike and ski storage, making it a more viable option for those wanting to use the rail line as a jumping off point for cycling trips or ski adventures.
This service is expected to be back in operation as early as Spring 2013. The best way to check on the current status is to visit our Vancouver Island News page, or the Island Corridor Foundation website.
These are collectively known as the Southern Gulf Islands and the Northern Gulf Islands. Click to view schedule information for these routes.
Here’s some more info on getting to the island using our Vancouver Island ferries.
You can go heli-skiing, heli-fishing, and even stay aboard a luxury yacht and take the private helicopter to the local mountains for an incredible powder skiing experience. More details coming soon!
There are so many ways to get around that you may have trouble deciding which Vancouver Island transportation service is best. Fortunately, you don't have to! Since there's usually more than one way to get from place to place, many visitors enjoy taking the train one way, and flying back for example.
And remember that there are always plenty of friendly and helpful locals who will be more than happy to help you figure it all out. Don't hesitate to ask for a recommendation!