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Fares: More Information

This page provides information on fare and payment options.
For detailed fares, please check our Fares Index by Region.

Guaranteed Travel Options
    Reserved Boarding
Assured Loading Tickets (ALTs)
Payment Options

Cash is accepted at all terminals.

Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted at all terminals except Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay.
  Visa  MasterCard: The Future of Money (TM)  American Express Cards

Please Note: Our Terminals and ships are unable to accept debit cards, except at Port Hardy, McLoughlin Bay (Bella Bella), Prince Rupert and Skidegate terminals.

General Definitions

Adult, Child & Infant
B.C. Seniors
B.C. Students
Disabled Persons

Fare Options and Details
    Conditions of Carriage 
Group Fares
Prepaid Fares for Frequent Travellers
Return Fares
Throughfares on Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands Routes

Assured Loading Tickets (ALTs)

With ALTs you can catch the ferry of your choice between Vancouver and Vancouver Island even if you can't make a reservation. Click here for all the facts. You may also be interested in our BC Ferries Experience™ Card

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Adult, Child & Infant

  • Adult - A passenger 12 years of age or older. Full fare applies.
  • Child - A passenger from 5 to 11 years of age. Child fare applies.
  • Infant - A passenger under 5 years of age. Travels free.

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BC Seniors age 65 or greater travel at 50% off regular adult fare Monday through Thursday except holidays noted below on presentation of a BC Services Card, a BC Gold Care Card, a BC Driver's License, a BC Identification Card, or a Birth Certificate. If you are presenting a Birth Certificate, proof of residency in BC is required. The BC Seniors discount applies only to the passenger fare.

Please note: the 50% off regular adult fare is not applicable on the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii and Discovery Coast Connector routes. However, a special discount on B.C. Senior passenger fares on these routes is available.


Mondays May 22, 2017, August 7, 2017, September 4, 2017, October 9, 2017, December 25, 2017, January 1, 2018, February 12, 2018
Friday April 14, 2017
Saturday July 1, 2017
Sundays December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2018

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On the following routes, B.C. students, ages 18 and under (excluding Post Secondary students) with acceptable I.D., can travel free between their residence and school, and to attend or participate in school and junior association education and sporting events: 

  • Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands 
  • Brentwood Bay - Mill Bay 
  • Crofton - Vesuvius 
  • Chemainus - Thetis Island - Kuper Island 
  • Horseshoe Bay - Bowen Island 
  • Langdale - Gambier - Keats (residents only)
  • Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island 
  • Buckley Bay - Denman Island - Hornby Island 
  • Powell River - Texada Island
  • Campbell River - Quadra Island - Cortes Island 
  • Port McNeill - Alert Bay - Sointula
  • Skidegate - Alliford Bay

On the following routes, B.C. students, ages 18 and under (excluding Post Secondary students) with acceptable I.D. can travel on school sponsored events for a special reduced rate. Note that a letter from a school official confirming the nature of the event must be presented. Please call us for more information.

  • Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen - Duke Point
  • Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay - Langdale
  • Saltery Bay - Earls Cove
  • Powell River - Comox
  • Tsawwassen - Gulf Islands
  • Port Hardy - Prince Rupert 
  • Port Hardy -  Mid-Coast
  • Prince Rupert - Skidegate 

In the interests of safety, children under 12 years of age cannot travel alone on BC Ferries unless they are going to and from school or school-sponsored events on designated commuter routes. Such students must be prepared to show a valid student ID. (Note that, while underage children may travel unescorted given the above circumstances, BC Ferries cannot provide direct student supervision.)

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Disabled Persons & Escorts

If you are a resident of British Columbia and have a permanent disability, reduced fares are available (this applies to passenger fares only).  To receive them, you must present your BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification (DSI) card.  Please call us for details, or you can download the Information for Passengers with Special Needs Brochure

An escort (one only) traveling with a person with a disability is eligible for the disabled rate. The Escort must be traveling in the same vehicle as the person with a disability.

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Group Fares

Discount rates are available to groups of 10 or more fare paying passengers travelling together on foot or in one vehicle. To qualify you must reserve a minimum of seven days in advance of the scheduled departure. Group rates are offered on the following routes:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Gulf Islands
  • Prince Rupert – Port Hardy
  • Port Hardy - Mid Coast
  • Prince Rupert Skidegate

Please note that Group Fare Rates are not available on the Prince Rupert – Port Hardy, Port Hardy – Mid Coast and Prince Rupert – Skidegate routes during PEAK Season.

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Prepaid Fares for Frequent Travellers

Prepaid fares are available for adults and passenger vehicles on many routes. Frequent travellers can access these fares by loading a minimum amount of money to a BC Ferries Experience™ Card. Prepaid fares are also available by purchasing prepaid ticket books (prices vary by ticket type and by route).

If you are travelling on our Langdale, Gambier & Keats Island or Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay route, please call us for purchase locations.

Prepaid fares are not available for travel between Vancouver Island and the Mainland; Tsawwassen and the Gulf Islands; the Inside Passage; the Discovery Coast Connector; or from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

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A receipt will be issued for all sales. If a receipt is not issued, or if the receipt is different from what you paid, please call (250) 381-1401 and ask for the Revenue Department.

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Return Fares

When fares are collected one way only for return-trip travel, no proof of payment for the return trip is required. (Note that, on many routes, fares are for one-way travel only. Please check the fares pages for individual routes for information on whether fares paid are one-way or return.)

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Throughfares on Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands Routes

The throughfare is the same as the Tsawwassen - Gulf Islands direct fare. It is accepted for travel between Tsawwassen and the southern Gulf Islands through Swartz Bay. Throughfare passengers travel on the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay ferry and the Swartz Bay - Gulf Islands ferry.

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