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BC Ferries to introduce lower fares to encourage travel outside of peak times

One of the biggest complaints about getting between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island is the cost of taking the ferry. Today, BC Ferries unveiled a new set of fares designed for travelers to take advantage of choosing sailings outside of peak travel periods for the major routes.

Below is the new fee structure based on one standard size vehicle and driver. Additional fees are added per extra passenger and to over-height/over-length vehicles. These fares are applicable only on the following routes:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay


Prices vary from $49.00 to $73.70 with a $5.00 fee for changing date/route and a $20.00 cancellation fee. Fare is paid in full when booked online. Comes into effect on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.

Saver fares are only applicable on select sailings in the early morning, midday, and late evening on weekdays, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.


Price is $84.70, which includes $10.00 reservation fee made more than 7 days before sailing date, or $91.70 which includes $17.00 reservation fee made within 7 days of sailing date. Paid in full when booked, with a $5.00 fee to make changes. Reservation fee is non-refundable.

Reservation only

Fare costs $91.70 which includes base fare of $74.70 paid at the terminal and a prepaid $17.00 fee when booked online. There’s a $5.00 charge to make changes, and the prepaid reservation fee is non-refundable.


The standard $74.70 when arriving at the terminal on sailing date with no reservation or booking fee. This fare does not offer the opportunity to change or cancel payment.

Fares above listed do not include the fuel surcharges or rebates BC Ferries applies on tickets to offset cost of fuel for the vessels.

BC Ferries last year updated their point-of-sale equipment to start accepting debit payments on ships and at terminals.

BC Ferries also asks that travelers save non-essential trips for another time and to wear masks and socially distance while onboard and in terminals if sailing is necessary.

Source: BC Ferries

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