Transit in the Cowichan Valley
BC Transit has awarded our transit operator, First Transit, with a Transit Superstar award for their efforts during the flooding events in November 2021. It was a shared award with other communities who were also in a state of emergency, and recognized the team for going above and beyond in providing service and also assisting in evacuation efforts. Great job First Transit!
Now in Service! New Nanaimo-Cowichan Express (NCX) Interregional Bus Route
The new Route 70 Nanaimo - Cowichan Express (NCX) is now in service providing safe, reliable transit service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Duncan with seven round trips per day Monday through Friday and six trips on Saturdays.
For stop locations, maps, schedules and fees, please visit the BC Transit, HERE.
Transit Future Action Plan
Thank you for your feedback on transit! We are taking feedback into consideration and will be reporting what we heard in early 2022.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory on transit buses. Additional safety measures such as cleaning and sanitizing continue to ensure rider safety and comfort. For more information, please see https://bctransit.com/covid19
Kids ages 12 and under ride free!
Since September, 2021 kids 12 years and under can ride for free on all Cowichan Valley Transit Routes including local and commuter/Victoria routes. For more information, see BC Transit Kids Ride Free
- Conventional Fixed-Route
- Custom handyDART
- Victoria Commuter
- Nanaimo-Cowichan Express
- Youbou and Honeymoon Bay Flex-Routing
Cowichan Valley Regional Transit Services are offered in partnership with BC Transit, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the local operating company (First Canada).
Scheduled local transit service is available throughout the CVRD with the exception of Electoral Areas G (Saltair / Gulf Islands) and H (North Oyster / Diamond) which do not currently participate.
handyDART service offering convenient door-to-door shared transportation in the Cowichan Valley is available for people who cannot use scheduled bus routes because of a disability. This service is available within 1.5 km of conventional fixed-routes in the Cowichan Valley not including the commuter.
Registration and more information including the application form can be found at BC Transit - handyDART
Weekday commuter transit service is available between the Cowichan Valley and Greater Victoria via Routes 66 and 99, Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays), with 6 daily trips departing the Cowichan Valley early in the morning. Trips return from Victoria in the late afternoon and evening.
Inter-regional transit service on Saturdays between the Cowichan Valley and Greater Victoria area is provided via Route 44 Victoria and Route 44 Duncan with three daily round trips.
As these are express trips, bus stop locations are limited. Click here for more information on the commuter service including a list of bus stops.
Beginning March 28, the Route 70 NCX Nanaimo-Cowichan Express will provide seven round trips per day Monday through Friday and six trips on Saturdays.
BC Transit and its local government partners will closely monitor the Route 70 NCX Nanaimo-Cowichan Express to ensure this new limited-stop service meets demand.
As determined by the Regional District of Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley Regional District, a one-way fare for this route will cost $7.50. Monthly passes will also be available at participating vendor locations, and all tickets and fare products for this route will be available for purchase beginning March 15 for April passes that can be used starting March 28.
Click here for more information on stop locations, maps, schedule, ticket vendors and fees.
On-request service is available within 1.5 km of the Route 20 (Youbou) and 21 (Honeymoon Bay) fixed-routes. Riders can request to be dropped off or picked up at their residence or other location by calling ahead and booking on-request service. On-request service is limited to two additional stops per trip, on a first-come first-served basis and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Call 250.749.3311 to book your trip.