|From||To Tofino||Approximate Time|
|Victoria||289 Kms||5 hours|
|Sidney (ferry terminal)||339 Kms||5.5 hours|
|Nanaimo (ferry terminal)||208 Kms||3 hours|
|Parksville||174 Kms||2.75 hours|
|Port Alberni||124 Kms||2 hours|
|Campbell River||275 Kms||4 hours|
|Ucluelet||30 Kms||.5 hours|
|Current Road Conditions
BC Government Road Reports for Vancouver Island
If you are visiting and do not have a vehicle but would like to have your own transportation consider walking on a ferry as a passenger and renting a vehicle in either Victoria or Nanaimo. It is inexpensive and you then can stop where ever you'd like on the trip over and have a vechile to explore our entire West Coast. More about this later down the page.
BC Ferries Routes to Vancouver Island
Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay, Sydney (Victoria): 1 hour 35 minutes
Tsawwassen - Duke Point, Nanaimo: 2 hours
Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay, Nanaimo: 1 hour 35 minutes
To reserve boarding between the Mainland and Vancouver Island call Toll Free in BC 1.888.724.5223
Washington State Ferries Routes to Vancouver Island
Anacortes - Sidney BC (Victoria): 3 hours
To reserve boarding with Washington State Ferries call Toll Free 1.888.808.7977
Passenger Only (No Vehicles) Ferries Routes to Vancouver Island
Victoria Express (May-September): 1 hour
Victoria Clipper (Year round): Different packages
Victoria San Juan Cruises (May-October): Different packages
BC Ferries bring you to Vancouver Island and Tofino & Ucluelet, BC
View BC Ferries web cams located at their terminals to see how busy they are.
Cycling to Tofino is a great way to get here and once in Tofino the roads are safe and a separated bike/walking/skating path is a welcome addition. While Highway 4 has some really nice sections with wide shoulders and smooth pavement other sections are rough and have no shoulder. It can be very tight with the traffic.
One smart and enjoyable suggestion I heard from some touring cyclists in Tofino is to ride to Port Alberni then take the Lady Rose boat to Ucluelet. Cycling up to Tofino from Ucluelet is a great 30 km ride with bike paths in both villages and a pleasant road between them.
There are daily bus trips to Tofino. Another suggestion is to ride as a passenger on a ferry and then rent a car once you land on Vancouver Island, either at Victoria or Nanaimo. Car rentals are inexpensive in these cities and then you have your own transportation and can stop at any scenic spot on the drive to Tofino, inlcuding the beautiful section of old-growth trees that is known as Cathedral Grove and all the beautiful locations along the Pacific Rim Highway in the list below.