Celebrate with Transit!
Umo Digital Fare Payments
BC Transit launched the Umo (pronouced "you-mo") electronic fare system in the Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Umo introduces contactless payment methods and new fare products that improve the transit experience by allowing riders to pick the best options for their lifestyle and travel habits. New payment methods include the Umo Mobility app and a reloadable Umo card, both now accepted on Cowichan Valley local and interregional transit routes. Cash will continue to be accepted. At a future date, BC Transit plans to provincially enable onboard payments with debit and credit cards. BC Transit UMO fare vendors in the Cowichan Valley can be found at bctransit.com/cowichan-valley/fares/wheretobuy. For more information on Umo, including video tutorials and frequently asked questions, please visit bctransit.com/umo.
South Cowichan Transit Service
BC Transit, in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, is developing a Local Area Transit Plan for Cowichan communities located South of Duncan. The engagement survey has now closed. BC Transit staff will use the data collected to help develop the new Local Area Transit Plan which will be posted at bctransit.com/cowichan-valley once approved. Thank you for helping shape transit in our South Cowichan communities.
Route 70 NCX Nanaimo-Cowichan Express
After one year of service, BC Transit, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and the Regional District of Nanaimo completed a Post Implementation Review of the service. This document outlines areas to improve and adjustments to make in the future. The document can be found online at www.bctransit.com/cowichan-valley/Route-70-NCX-Nanaimo.
Transit Future Action Plan
Thank you for your feedback on transit in the Cowichan Valley! The 2023 Transit Future Action Plan will guide service and infrastructure improvements for the next 5 years. Let us know what you think!
- Conventional Fixed-Route
- Custom handyDART
- Victoria Express
- 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 (Transdev).
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 (CVX Cowichan-Victoria Express) and 99 (SVX Shawnigan-Victoria Express), Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays), with 5 daily trips departing the Cowichan Valley early in the morning. Trips return from Victoria in the late afternoon and evening.
Route 66 (CVX Cowichan-Victoria Express) also provides inter-regional travel on 1 mid-day round trip Monday to Friday and 3 round trips on Saturdays.
As these are express trips, bus stop locations are limited. Click here for more information on the Victoria inter-regional services including a list of bus stops.
Route 70 NCX Nanaimo-Cowichan Express provides seven round trips per day Monday through Friday and six trips on Saturdays.
As determined by the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley Regional District, a one-way fare for this route costs $7.50. Monthly passes are also available at participating vendor locations.
Click here to access the Rider's Guide for more information on Route 70 NCX 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.