Promotions

Holiday Savings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the "Holiday Savings" promotion?
From Thursday, December 21, 2017 through Wednesday, January 3, 2018, customers will receive a discount on standard under-height vehicle and driver fares on select early morning and late evening sailings. The promotion is available on the following routes (either direction):

  • Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver – Nanaimo (Tsawwassen - Duke Point)
  • West Vancouver – Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay)
  • West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (Horseshoe Bay - Langdale)

Refer to this detailed promotional sailing schedule to find out exactly when you can take advantage of these great savings.


How much will I save?
Savings will vary by route. For example, the standard under-height vehicle fare (including driver) travelling from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria) is $74.70. During the "Holiday Savings" promotion, the under-height vehicle and driver fare will be as low as $39.00. Further information on fares for all routes can be here.


Why is BC Ferries offering this promotion?
The "Holiday Savings" promotion provides customers a value choice when travelling with standard under-height vehicles under 20 feet in length and 7 feet in height. Customers can choose to travel on select promotional sailings that traditionally have more capacity available with the benefit of attractive savings.


Why aren’t "Holiday Savings" sailings available on all routes?
This promotion aims to increase ridership and move travel to off-peak sailings on specific major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, West Vancouver and Vancouver Island and West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast where there is capacity available. Customers can choose to travel on select dates and times with the benefit of very attractive savings.


What types of vehicles does the "Holiday Savings" promotion include?
The promotional fare applies to any standard under-height passenger vehicle, car, motorcycle, truck, SUV, or van up to 20 feet in length and under 7 feet in height. If your vehicle (or vehicle and trailer combination) is longer than 20 feet in length, you will receive the "Holiday Savings" promotional fare for the first 20 feet. You will be charged the regular extra-length rate per additional foot (over 20 feet).


If my vehicle is longer than 20 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, is this covered under the promotion?
If your vehicle (or vehicle and trailer combination) is longer than 20 feet in length, you will receive the "Holiday Savings" promotional fare for the first 20 feet. You will be charged the regular extra-length rate per additional foot (over 20 feet). The "Holiday Savings" promotional fare is not applicable for bus or commercial travel.

If your vehicle is over 7 feet in height or is over 5,500 kg/gvw, you will not receive the "Holiday Savings" promotional fare.


Will passenger fares be discounted during the promotion?
No, the promotional discount applies to standard under-height vehicle and driver fares only.


How will this promotion affect Experience Card discount vehicle rates?
The Experience Card vehicle discount will be increased to match the promotional discount on applicable promotional sailings.


Are motorcycles included in the promotion?
Yes, motorcycles are included in the promotion. On all promotional sailings featuring a $39.00 promotional fare, motorcycle fares (including driver) will be reduced to match the promotional fare.

Motorcycle fares will not be affected on all sailings with promotional fares of $59.00.


Does the promotion apply to Commercial and Bus travel?
No, the "Holiday Savings" promotion is not applicable to commercial vehicles or buses. The promotion applies to standard under-height passenger vehicles, recreational vehicles, cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, vans and motorhomes up to 20 feet in length and under 7 feet in height.


Does the promotion apply to bicycle fares?
No, the promotion is not applicable to bicycle fares. Regular fares will apply.


Where can I find out more about the "Holiday Savings" fare promotion?
Information on the "Holiday Savings" fare promotion can be found on BC Ferries' website.


How long will these savings be available?
The "Holiday Savings" promotional fares will be available on select sailings between December 21, 2017 and January 3, 2018. For more information on the "Holiday Savings" promotional sailing schedule, refer to the promotion details.


Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required but due to the busy holiday season, reservations are strongly recommended. Space on sailings is on a first-come first-serve basis.

To add certainty to travel plans, vehicle reservations can be made starting from just $10 when booked seven or more days in advance. Reservations can be made up to 2.5 hours before scheduled sailing time, and regular reservation fees apply.

Reservations can be made at bcferries.com or by calling 1-888-BC FERRY. For more information on making a reservation, click here.


What happens if I have paid for a "Holiday Savings" promotional sailing and I am moved to a regular sailing, either because of overloads or sailing cancellations?
The "Holiday Savings" promotional fare is applied at the time of ticket purchase only. If you have cleared the ticket booth area and have paid the "Holiday Savings" promotional fare, this fare will apply to whichever sailing you travel on. Reservation fees will be handled as per regular business practice.


What happens if I have paid the regular fare and I am moved to a "Holiday Savings" promotional sailing, either because of overloads or sailing cancellation?
The "Holiday Savings" promotional fare is applied at the time of ticket purchase only and is available on select sailings. If you have cleared the ticket booth area and have paid the regular fare, this fare will apply to whichever sailing you travel on. No refunds applicable to regular fares.

A reservation is recommended to secure this promotional fare.


Will the "Holiday Savings" fare discount be applied to a BC Ferries Vacations booking?
You can take advantage of the "Holiday Savings" promotion by building your own vacation package around the promotional sailing times. All BC Ferries Vacations packages are fully customizable. The promotion cannot be applied retroactively to existing BC Ferries Vacations package bookings. For other great offers on BC Ferries Vacations packages, bcferries.com/vacations or call 1-888-BC FERRY (223-3779) Ext. 3 or visit the BC Ferries Vacations Centre in downtown Vancouver.

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