If you are not checked in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time your reservation will no longer be valid and. The ferry itself was large with many areas you can hang out in. Ferries to revamp reservation fares on major routes. Compare swartz bay to tsawwassen ferry times, prices and book ferry tickets at. If it looks like they already have 12 full of reservations, then make a booking.
Rome2rio is a doortodoor travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. Rome2rio makes travelling from tsawwassen ferry terminal to swartz bay easy. Tsawwassen swartz bay first time going over to the island, is it absolutely necessary to make a reservation with bc ferries or can you just show up at the terminal. Bc ferry waits bc ferries delays vancouver victoria. Earlier in the week, bc ferries recommended passengers book reservations for automobile travel and arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to reserved sailing times. As school is still and its not a long weekend in you should be fine without a reservation for the tswassen to swartz bay ferry. Nice ferries rubbish booking system and customer service. Foot passenger reservations between tsawwassen and the southern gulf islands. Bc ferries says problems on one of its ferry runs between the mainland and southern vancouver island continue with the cancellation of more sailings. This is, in my opinion, the only way to travel to victoria bc from the mainland. Due to new transport canada regulations, passenger capacity on all vessels has been temporarily reduced by 50%. Compare tsawwassen to swartz bay ferry times, prices and book ferry tickets at.
Ferries reported a foursailing wait on its tsawwassen to swartz bay route on friday afternoon and evening, with someone at the back of the line at 3. If a sailing wait occurs, it means that nonreserved traffic will be placed on the next. You can not get french fries at the tsawwassen terminal and there is even less at swartz bay. View todays departures and arrivals bc ferries british columbia. Faqs reservations bc ferries british columbia ferry. Bcferries online reservations british columbia ferry. While were not always able to get you on first and off first, we can make sure you get the sailing you want, so you can continue on with your post ferry plans. Not sure where youll be coming from but if youre north of the deas tunnel i. Swartz bay to tsawwassen ferry tickets, compare times and. Both times i was using the bc ferries connector service. Bc ferries shoulder season schedule for the tsawwassen swartz bay and horseshoe bay departure bay route come into effect on thursday, may 17, 2012, just in time for the long weekend may 19 to 21 the presummer shoulder season adds sailings largely to accommodate significantly increased demand on the may long weekend, as well as weekends. About reservations bc ferries british columbia ferry. Breathtaking views and even got to see a few orcas in the water.
The percentage full data in this table refers to deck space consumed on the vessel only. Our packages include return ferries to many coastal bc destinations, accommodation and activities try searching now. About reservations bc ferries british columbia ferry services inc. Can i know in advance if i need to reserve a spot on bc. May long weekend sees shoulder season schedules kick in bcta. Were not sure on what the actual travel date will be but it will most likely be the 2nd week in august. Victoria on the busy remembrance day long weekend there was one tsawwassenswartz bay ferry sailing that had 50 unredeemed reservations its one of the reasons why b. After that time i had travel three times more back and forth to vancouver and most of the times i have to wait at least two hours to get into one of the next ferries. Used the ferry service twice while on vacation,tsawwassen to swartz bay and the reverse on the trip home.
Drive up space is available on all bookable sailings with the exception of the tsawwassen southern gulf island route, which is 100 per cent reservable. Frequently asked questions bc ferries british columbia ferry. These ships were the nowretired mv tsawwassen and the mv sidney. Richmond, vancouver then be prepared for traffic delays southbound and add an extra 45 minutes to your travel time. To make a reservation, please call customer care at 1888bcferry.
There are shops and coffee at the tswassen terminal and. Ticket sales end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time for walkon passengers and five minutes. In the summer time i like to bring a snack from the castal cafe express and take in the scenery of the active pass from the outer deck when travelling between swartz bay and tsawwassen. Youre right, reservations are a great way to keep wait times down and assist with travel planning. Seventyfour of the extra sailings are scheduled for the tsawwassenswartz bay route, including a. To allow time for processing and operations approval, it is recommended that. Bc ferries tsawwassen 2020 all you need to know before. This was taken from the family home movie archives and was a jointrecording between me and. If you miss the ferry or want to avoid the wait next time fly from pat bay. For example, for tsawwassen mainland swartz bay victoria, expected busy departures over the next two weeks are. Can i make a foot passenger reservation for travel between tsawwassen and the.
Sometimes ill post a rare gem on youtube for those who care to seek them, this is a special one indeed. Vehicles wait to board a ferry at tsawwassen terminal. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again in the future. Weve ridden the tsawwassen to swartz bay run many times over the years. A cbc analysis of bc ferries reservation data identifies the busiest months and days on. We need to load more than one lane at a time to adhere to our schedule. Note to foot passengers bc ferries british columbia ferry. We all support bc ferries but we spend enough on catching the ferry isnt the same as paying to wait for a passenger for pickup. To get from victoria to vancouver, we rode the ferry from swartz bay to tsawwassen. Reservations should be claimed at the ticket booth 45 to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time.
Were planning to take a ferry from tsawwassen to swartz bay on the afternoon. Bc ferries has cancelled several sailings to and from swartz bay due to a mechanical problem on the queen of new westminster. Vancouver victoria tsawwassenswartz bay crossing time. Bc ferries rock this is how a ferry line should be run. If you have an account with which you make reservations or manage your experience. As one who has spent many years at sea navigating large vessels, i can tell you i was very impressed with how the crew handled this large ferry through some really narrow fjords, sometimes meeting similar vessels crossing or going the other way in these narrow passages. Travel must be paid for at time of booking no reservation fee will apply while. Bc ferries recommends customers who are unable to book a monday reservation from swartz bay consider booking a tuesday morning sailing instead. If you have to wait for a sailing, an hour extra in the line up, will that impact you greatly. Save time and money by booking a hotel and ferry package with bc ferries vacations, perfect for business or leisure. Its one of the reasons why bc ferries is planning variablepriced fares for its three major routes between vancouver island and the lower mainland. Margaret thatcher and the ruination of britains rail system.
The ferry terminal at swartz bay is located 20 miles32 kms north of victoria at the end of highway 17. Bc ferries first route, commissioned in 1960, was between swartz bay, north of sidney on vancouver island, and tsawwassen, a part of delta, using just two vessels. Bc ferries cancels multiple sailings between swartz bay. Bc ferries schedules 93 extra sailings for thanksgiving. Bc ferries tsawwassen 2020 what to know before you go. Reservations are strongly recommended on this route. Canada reservations needed for bc ferries between tsawwassen and swartz bay. Bc ferries also operates daily roundtrip voyages from swartz bay to the southern gulf islands.
Swartz bay to tsawwassen 3 ways to travel via bus and. There are 3 ways to get from swartz bay to tsawwassen by bus and ferry, ferry, car ferry or car. Bc ferries posts a busy days forecast for major routes based on historical data. Ticket sales end ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time for walkon passengers and five minutes before the scheduled sailing time for vehicles. Select an option below to see stepbystep directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in rome2rios travel planner. Bc ferries allows passengers on closed car decks temporarily schedule adjustments and vessel replacement crofton salt spring island vesuvius bay in effect monday. Ferries is planning variablepriced fares for its three major routes between vancouver island and the lower mainland. Limit reservations on ferries to 40 per cent times colonist. Direct ferries limited has its registered office in london, united kingdom. Traffic forecast bc ferries british columbia ferry. On the busy remembrance day long weekend there was one tsawwassenswartz bay ferry sailing that had 50 unredeemed reservations.
Service level adjustment southern gulf islands april 10, 2020 food, retail, and baggage services suspended march 18, 2020 until further notice message from the president. Bc ferries has scheduled 93 extra sailings in anticipation of the upcoming thanksgiving long weekend between oct. Bc ferries operates a scheduled ferry service between swartz bay, north of victoria on vancouver island, and tsawwassen, south of vancouver on the bc mainland. Heres when to shell out money for bc ferries reservations cbc. In my personal opinion i found bc ferries service a little bit overpriced for what they offer. Reservations for vancouver gulf islands routes bc ferries. A cbc analysis of bc ferries reservation data identifies the busiest months and days on each of the major routes in 2016. Bc ferries is advising you to reserve a spot early with the busy holiday season coming for travel between vancouver island and vancouver. We rode the ferry from tsawwassen to swartz bay on 72018 and swartz bay to tsawwassen on 72218. Bc ferries plans to revamp reservation fares on three. Tsawwassen ferry terminal to swartz bay 2 ways to travel. More than half the bc ferries sailings between swartz bay pictured and tsawwassen left.
Were planning to take a ferry from tsawwassen to swartz bay on the afternoon of friday 31 may, returning late. How can i request book reserve to be on the upper vehicle deck. Reservations needed for bc ferries between tsawwassen and. If youre travelling on our tsawwassenswartz bay, tsawwassenduke point, horseshoe. The fee is applied each time you change a oneway reservation. Despite having full sailings in effect on monday from swartz bay, wait times are expected to increase for nonreserved customers due to the larger spirit of british columbia undergoing its midlife upgrade. Swartz bay is located 32 km north of downtown victoria. According to bc ferries, there is an ongoing issue with one of the. Vancouver victoria tsawwassenswartz bay bc ferries. Heres when to shell out money for bc ferries reservations. Propeller issue continues monday on bc ferries vessel. Bc ferries vancouver tsawwassen victoria swartz bay.530 869 1405 1111 1226 1249 647 263 1162 742 244 925 1017 1128 808 198 582 1431 677 613 1637 1301 1374 1179 39 641 155 936 1193 1084 1363 1351 268 1026 1022 1458 734 1517 301 314 1067 1056 517 776 430 255 943