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Thru fares between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Southern Gulf Islands

With a thru fare, you can travel between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and the Southern Gulf Islands via a connection at Victoria (Swartz Bay). This option is available for all passenger and vehicle types, to provide alternative sailing times at the same price as a direct sailing with a valid thru fare ticket.

Your thru fare ticket must be used for the next available sailing after you arrive at Victoria (Swartz Bay). If you arrive after the last scheduled sailing to your destination has departed, use your ticket for any sailing scheduled before noon the next day.

Saver fares cannot be used towards thru fare travel. Customers who arrive at the terminal with a Saver fare and intend to travel thru fare will not receive a refund for the Saver fare, and will have to purchase an At Terminal fare (if required).

How to travel with a thru fare

Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Southern Gulf Islands
  • When you arrive at Vancouver (Tsawwassen), advise the ticket agent of your final Southern Gulf Islands destination.
  • The ticket agent will provide you with a thru fare voucher and hanger for your rear-view mirror.
  • If possible, staff will place thru fare vehicles from Vancouver (Tsawwassen) in lanes that will be unloaded early at Victoria (Swartz Bay).
  • When you arrive at Victoria (Swartz Bay), follow directions on the back of your hanger to get your ticket for a sailing to the Southern Gulf Islands. You will need to present your thru fare voucher at the Swartz Bay ticket booth.
Southern Gulf Islands to Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
  • For travel from Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour), thru fare vouchers are available for purchase at the onboard kiosk in passenger lounge #4 (exact change or credit card only accepted).
  • For travel from Galiano Island, Mayne Island, Pender Island or Saturna Island, thru fare vouchers are available at the terminal ticket booth or from any staff member on board.
  • When you disembark at Victoria (Swartz Bay), the voucher will allow you to purchase your Victoria (Swartz Bay) to Vancouver (Tsawwassen) transfer ticket at the thru fare rate.


To reserve travel between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), book your vehicle online.

Travel on sailings between Victoria (Swartz Bay) and the Southern Gulf Islands is based on order of arrival at the terminal and can’t be booked in advance.


Pender Island and Saturna Island

Reservation fee reimbursement is available on select sailings from Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Pender or Saturna Islands at Victoria (Swartz Bay) ticket booth when you present the receipt and voucher to the ticket agent:

  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Pender Island, 5:00 pm sailing Saturday
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Saturna Island, 7:00 am sailing Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm sailing Monday through Friday (no reservation fee reimbursement available), or 5:00 pm sailing Saturday or Sunday
  • Advise the Tsawwassen ticket agent of your reservation to Victoria (Swartz Bay) and of your final Southern Gulf Island destination.
  • You will receive three documents: a booking redemption receipt, a receipt for your vehicle and/or passenger fares, and a thru fare voucher.
  • Present your booking redemption receipt and thru fare voucher to the ticket agent in order to be refunded the reservation fee and to be ticketed to your final destination.
Note: As indicated above, reservation fee reimbursements are available for the sailings listed, with the exception of the 1:00 pm sailing on Sundays to Saturna Island.

Printable thru fare schedule – Southern Gulf Islands
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Effective October 12, 2021 - March 31, 2022