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Hire car Nanaimo

Hobart, Australia
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Hire car Nanaimo
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We want to pick up a car hire from close to the ferry terminal but can't seem to find any information. It appears that hire cars are only available from the airport. Is the airport far from the Ferry terminal?

We are travellers from Australia and will be catching the ferry from Vancouver as foot passengers.

Thank you for any information.

We have to arrive at Gold River late afternoon, so what ferry do you think we should catch from Vancouver on September 4 ?

Vancouver, Canada
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Rental car agencies will come to meet you at the Departure Ferry Terminal when you arrive. They then take you to their office, 10 min away, where you complete the paperwork and you are on your way. Same on return. You need to arrange a pick up and drop off in advance.

Try Enterprise Nanaimo: 3440 Shenton Rd, Nanaimo, BC, CA, V9T5A3, +1 250-751-1200

and Budget Nanaimo: 33 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5C4, +1 250-760-7368

It will take you about 6.5 hours from downtown Vancouver to Gold River + the 45-60 minutes or so to arrange your car.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jAdQNmAtz3n

You will need to take the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express bus from Georgia St @ Seymour St out to Horseshoe Bay, about 45 minutes. $2.95 exact fare in cash or by individual credit card taps on the card reader next to the driver. Walk on the ferry and ride for 1.5 hours.

Penticton, Canada
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Since the Vancouver ferry is not in Vancouver and the plan is to go up Island to Gold River it would be a really good idea to get a car in Vancouver instead of messing around with the transit to get to Nanaimo. But we do not know what you are doing next so that idea might not work so a bit more detail might get you other suggestions.

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