Promotions

Spring Savings & Kids Sail Free Promotion 2018

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the "Spring Savings" promotion?
From Thursday, March 15, 2018 through Tuesday, April 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 "Spring Savings" promotion, the under-height vehicle and driver fare will be as low as $39.00. With the purchase of any BC Ferries Vacations package for travel on promotional routes, the fare will be free for children 5 to 11 years old. Further information on fares for all routes can be found here.


Why is BC Ferries offering this promotion?
The "Spring Savings" promotion provides customers a value choice when travelling with standard under-height vehicles under 20 feet in length and under 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 "Spring 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 selected dates and times with the benefit of very attractive savings.


What types of vehicles does the "Spring 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 "Spring 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 "Spring Savings" promotional fare for the first 20 feet. You will be charged the regular extra-length rate per additional foot (over 20 feet). The "Spring 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 "Spring Savings" promotional fare.


Will passenger fares be discounted during the promotion?
The "Spring Savings" promotional discount applies to standard under-height vehicle and driver fares only. The "Kids Sail Free" promotion is applicable to children 5 to 11 years old with the purchase of any BC Ferries Vacations package for travel on promotional routes.


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 "Spring 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 "Spring Savings" fare promotion?
Information on the "Spring Savings" fare promotion can be found on BC Ferries' website.


How long will these savings be available?
The "Spring Savings" and "Kids Sail Free" promotional fares will be available on select sailings between March 15, 2018 and April 3, 2018. For more information on the "Spring Savings" promotional sailing schedule, refer to the promotion details.


Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required but due to the busy travel period, reservations are strongly recommended. Space without a reservation 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 "Spring Savings" promotional sailing and I am moved to a regular sailing, either because of overloads or sailing cancellations?
The "Spring Savings" promotional fare is applied at the time of ticket purchase only. If you have cleared the ticket booth area and have paid the "Spring 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 "Spring Savings" promotional sailing, either because of overloads or sailing cancellation?
The "Spring 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 guarantee you receive this promotional fare.


What is the "Kids Sail Free" promotion?
From Thursday, March 15, 2018 through Tuesday, April 3, 2018, children 5 to 11 years old sail free with the purchase of any BC Ferries Vacations package for travel 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)

Children under 5 years old travel free on all sailings.


Will the "Spring Savings" and "Kids Sail Free" fare discounts be applied to a BC Ferries Vacations booking?
You can take advantage of the "Spring Savings" promotion by building your own vacation package around the promotional sailing times. All BC Ferries Vacations packages are fully customizable. The "Kids Sail Free" promotion is only available with the purchase of any BC Ferries Vacations package for travel on promotional routes. The promotions apply to new BC Ferries Vacations package bookings only. For other great offers on BC Ferries Vacations packages, please visit 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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