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This summer, enjoy more playlisting, more road tripping, and more savings during the over-height vehicles promotion.

Over-height Saver fares are now available starting from $76.10* to book for travel between June 23 – October 13, 2021.

This offer is available online for standard over-height passenger vehicles (including RVs and campers) over 7 feet (2.13m) in height travelling on select routes and sailings between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Over-height vehicles also can save 50% per additional foot over 20 ft.

Dates


Available for travel on select sailings between:

June 23 –
October 13, 2021

Routes


Select sailings travelling either direction between:

  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point)
Offer


Book an over-height Saver fare online and receive:

50% off per additional foot (over 20 feet)

Your epic BC getaway is waiting for you

Book your over-height Saver for travel between June 23 – October 13 now.

Book now

 



 

Sailings with over-height Saver fares

  • You can book Over-height Saver fares on less busy sailings that are not expected to sell out, including early morning and late evening sailings, mid-week sailings, and various Saturday and Sunday sailings. Saver fares have limited availability and will appear in the sailing selection screen if available.
 

Below is a guide of which days and times you can book Saver fares:

Note: not all sailing times are guaranteed. Saver fares are limited and may sell out.

 
ROUTE (direction specific) Weekday Saver fares Weekend Saver fares
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to
Victoria (Swartz Bay)
Tues – Fri: mid-morning and
early evening sailings
Throughout the day
Victoria (Swartz Bay) to
Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
Thurs and  Fri: mid-morning sailings
Tues – Fri: early evening sailings
Late evening sailings
Mid-morning sailings
Early evening sailings
Late night sailings
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to
Nanaimo (Duke Point)
Mon and Fri: early morning sailings
Late evening sailings
Early morning sailings
Late evening sailings
Nanaimo (Duke Point) to
Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
Tues – Fri: early morning sailings
Fri: mid-day sailings
Late evening sailings
Early morning sailings
Late evening sailings
            

Frequently asked questions

Promotion overview
Q. What is the over-height vehicles promotion?
A. The over-height vehicles promotion will run from Wednesday, June 23 through Wednesday, October 13, 2021. During the promotion, if you are travelling with a private passenger vehicle over 7 feet (2.13 m) in height, you can take advantage of a new over-height Saver fare on select sailings. The new Saver fare is $76.10  for vehicle and driver, including a free reservation. 

In addition, each additional foot over 20 feet in length will be discounted by 50%. The promotion is available on select sailings on the following two routes (either direction): 
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point) 
 
 
Q. What are the benefits of the promotion? 
A. The over-height vehicles promotion provides more savings and greater travel certainty. 
 
More savings 
  • If you are travelling in a private passenger vehicle over 7 feet in height, such as an RV, you can take advantage of the new over-height Saver fare on less busy sailings. The Saver fare price is $76.10, including a free reservation (valued at $10 - $17). Saver fares must be fully prepaid in advance and are not available for purchase at drive-up terminal ticket booths.
  • During the promotion, each additional foot over 20 feet in length will be reduced from $6.75 to $3.38 per foot.
 
Greater travel certainty  
  • Discounted fares on select sailings will help spread traffic out more evenly throughout the day, reducing sailing waits on our popular sailings. Plus, you can feel confident knowing when you will be sailing with your free reservation, included when you book a Saver fare in advance. 
 
 
Q. Why is BC Ferries launching this promotion while Provincial travel restrictions are in effect? 
A. The restrictions for non-essential travel between regions defined by the Province of BC remain in effect until at least June 15. This promotion will be effective when the travel restrictions are lifted with the over-height vehicles promotion valid for travel between June 23 and October 13. 

If restrictions are not lifted on June 15, we will advise all customers to continue to avoid non-essential travel between regions and will offer a refund for any bookings made while restrictions are in effect. 
Applicable routes and sailings
Q. What routes does the promotion apply to?
A. Over-height Saver fares are available on the following routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island: 
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point)
 
 
Q. What sailings will the over-height Saver fares be offered on? Will it be early morning and late evening sailings only?
A. Over-height Saver fares will be offered on less busy sailings that are not expected to sell out, including early morning and late evening sailings, mid-week sailings, as well as various Saturday and Sunday sailings. However, there will be a limited number of Saver fares available on these sailings.
 
If you do not see any Saver fares when you are selecting your sailing time online, that means there are none available on that sailing or they have already sold out.
 

Below is a guide of which days and times you can book Saver fares:

Note: not all sailing times are guaranteed. Saver fares are limited and may sell out.

 
ROUTE (direction specific) Weekday Saver fares Weekend Saver fares
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to
Victoria (Swartz Bay)
Tues – Fri: mid-morning and
early evening sailings
Throughout the day
Victoria (Swartz Bay) to
Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
Mid-morning sailings
Late evening sailings
Mid-morning sailings
Early evening sailings
Late night sailings
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to
Nanaimo (Duke Point)
Mon and Fri: early morning sailings
Late evening sailings
Early morning sailings
Late evening sailings
Nanaimo (Duke Point) to
Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
Tues – Fri: early morning sailings
Fri: mid-day sailings
Late evening sailings
Early morning sailings
Late evening sailings


Q. Why aren’t over-height Saver fares and extra length discounts available on all routes?
A. This promotion aims to increase ridership and move travel to less busy sailings on specific major routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island where there is capacity available. Shifting traffic on these popular routes will reduce overall sailing waits and provide greater travel certainty for all customers.

These routes already have new fare choices in place and are bookable in advance. 

 
Q. I have flexibility with my travel dates. Can I view a Saver fare calendar to see availability by week or month?
A. The best way to view Saver fare availability is by exploring surrounding dates while you are in the booking process. At this time, our system is not set up to display Saver fare availability by month, but on the sailing selection screen, the lowest sailing price for the day before and after your search date will appear at the top of the page. You can easily toggle forwards or backwards to view the lowest fares available by day. 

Saver fares will be offered on less busy sailings that are not expected to sell out, including early morning and late evening sailings, midday sailings during the week, as well as Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sailings. 

 
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How to book promotional fares
Q. How do I book the new over-height Saver fare? Where does the extra length discount appear? 
A. You can book the new over-height Saver fare online. After inputting your vehicle height and length, you will arrive on the sailing selection screen. Select "View fares" on the right side under the price to see all available fare choices for each sailing. If a Saver fare is available on that sailing, it will appear at the top of the list.

For vehicles over 20 feet in length, the extra length savings of 50% off per additional foot will be automatically included in the total fare shown. 

Choose the fare you want to book using the "Select" button, then complete your booking and payment.

 
Q. Can I take advantage of the promotion without booking in advance? What if I want to pay in cash at the terminal?
A. Saver fares must be fully prepaid in advance and are not available for purchase at drive-up terminal ticket booths. If you would like to pay in cash, you can still pay for our existing At Terminal fare at the drive-up ticket booth when you arrive at the terminal. 
Subject to availability, you can book a Saver fare with cash at the Terminal Administration office at least two hours in advance of departure.

 
Q. Can I pay for a Saver fare with a gift certificate?
A. Gift certificates cannot be used to pay for Saver fares online. However, bookings and payment can be made with a gift certificate at the Terminal Administration office a minimum of two hours in advance of travel. 

Note: Bookings cannot be made at the vehicle or foot passenger ticket booths.

 
Q. I purchased an over-height Saver fare, but on the day of travel I arrived late and had to change sailings at the terminal. Why is the price different?
A. Saver fare pricing is only available on select sailings, subject to availability. If you arrived late and missed your sailing, you can use your Saver fare toward the purchase of an At Terminal fare by paying the difference in price. The regular per foot price will apply. Your fare must be put towards a different sailing on the same route, on the same day.

At Terminal fare conditions apply, so you will be boarded after reserved customers in the order you arrive on the next available sailing, based on space availability.

 
Q. Can I take advantage of the promotion if I’m travelling on a thru fare? 
A. No, the promotion does not apply to thru fares.

 
Q. Is there a Seniors’ discount for Saver fares?
A. BC Seniors travel free on select routes Monday to Thursday. Seniors who book Saver fares from Monday to Thursday will only be charged for the cost of the vehicle.

If you are a BC senior travelling in an over-height vehicle over 20 feet in length, you can also take advantage of the extra length discount. 

 
Q. What vehicle types qualify for the over-height Saver fare and extra length discount?
A. Over-height Saver fares are available to customers travelling with a private passenger over-height vehicle, such as an RV or camper. Customers with over-height vehicles over 7 feet (2.13 m) in height can take advantage of the Saver fare discount for the first 20 feet, and the extra length discount (50% off per additional foot) for any additional feet. Commercial vehicles, buses, tour operators and travel agents cannot book Saver fares.

 
Q. Are over-height Saver fares and extra length savings available for buses and commercial vehicles? 
A. The over-height vehicles promotion is specifically for private passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles that are over 7 feet in height. It is not applicable for bus or commercial travel.

 
Q. Is there an extra length discount available to under-height vehicles that are over 20 feet?
A. Private passenger and recreational vehicles over 20 feet in length and under 7 feet in height can take advantage of Saver fares from $49 on select sailings on all routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

There is no additional extra length discount available for under-height vehicles.
How to change or cancel a booking
Q. If I book a Saver fare, can I change my sailing? What is the cut-off time for making a change?
A. You can change your sailing up to 1 hour before the scheduled departure time of your original booking for a $5 fee. If you change your Saver fare to a sailing where there are no Saver fares available, you will need to pay the difference in price, and you will no longer receive the extra length discount of 50% off per additional foot. 

Set up a BC Ferries account online to easily create and change bookings. Any bookings made online (as a guest or logged in customer) can be adjusted using the edit your booking link found in your booking confirmation email. 

If you’ve made a booking as a guest through the Customer Service Centre, you will need to contact the Customer Service Centre to modify your sailing. If you have an account, you can log in to make any changes.

 
Q. Can I cancel a Saver fare booking?
A. Yes, you can cancel your booking up to 11:59 p.m. the day before departure for a refund of the fare, less a $20 cancellation fee. Any Saver Fare bookings that are not redeemed at the terminal and were not cancelled before the day of travel are non-refundable. 

 
Q. What happens if I have fewer/more passengers than what was booked and paid for online?
A. If you check-in at the terminal with fewer passengers than you booked and paid for, and the booking has not been changed prior to check-in, the ticket agent will issue you a refund for the difference.

If you check-in at the terminal with more passengers than you booked and paid for, the ticket agent will charge you the additional passenger fare(s). 

Please update the number of passengers online or by contacting our Customer Service Centre up to one hour before your scheduled departure time.

 
Q. What happens if my vehicle is different from what was booked online?
A. To streamline terminal check-in, please update the length or type of your vehicle online in advance of checking in for your sailing. You can also do this by calling the Customer Service Centre up to one hour before your scheduled departure time. 

Subject to space availability, if you have booked a Saver Fare you can:
  • Change the size of your vehicle and either pay or receive a refund for any price difference
View a full list of our booking cancellation and change policies

If you arrive at the terminal and your vehicle height is different than what you reserved online, your reservation will not be honoured. You will be boarded after reserved customers in the order you arrive on the next available sailing, based on space availability.

If your vehicle is longer than what you reserved, you will need to pay the difference in price. If your reserved vehicle length differs by more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) at check-in, your booking will not be honoured.

Terms and Conditions

*Over height vehicles promotion is applicable to private passenger vehicles over 7 feet (2.13 m) in height only. Offer is valid on select sailings from June 23 – October 13, 2021, on the following routes: Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay); Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Nanaimo (Duke Point), in either direction. Saver fares for over height vehicles over 7 feet (2.13 m) are available for $76.10 (one way) including a free reservation for select sailings as specified. Limited availability – may sell out. Not applicable for buses or commercial vehicles. Over height vehicles with a Saver fare travelling on the above routes can also save 50% per additional foot (over 20 feet). Limited time offer. Other conditions may apply. BC Reg. 48839.