Getting Here & Transportation  

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is conveniently located alongside the Trans Canada Highway south of Nanaimo. Getting to or from the airport is an easy drive by car or you can take a shuttle bus or taxi.

How to find us

We are located on the east side of the Trans Canada Highway between the City of Nanaimo and the Town of Ladysmith. If you are traveling southbound from Nanaimo, we are approximately 18 km from the downtown core and 7 km south of the Duke Point Ferry overpass.

If you are traveling northbound from Ladysmith, we are approximately 9 km from Ladysmith and 2.5 km north of the Cedar Road and Trans Canada Highway Intersection. Our physical address is 3350 Spitfire Road, Cassidy BC V0R 1H0.

Driving times to Nanaimo Airport

  • Nanaimo – 10 minutes
  • Parksville – 30 minutes
  • Tofino/Ucluelet – 2.5 hours
  • Ladysmith – 10 minutes
  • Duncan – 30 minutes
BC Transit bus parked in front of the YCD airport

Public Transit Service

The Regional District of Nanaimo and BC Transit now offer two bus routes servicing Nanaimo Airport and the surrounding communities:

Route 78 – YCD Airport via Cassidy/Downtown Nanaimo: Full Schedule
Route 70 – NCX Nanaimo – Cowichan Express: Full Schedule

The airport bus stop is located just south of the Terminal, marked red on the map below.
For current information about routes, fares, and transfers in Nanaimo, please refer to the BC Transit website.


RT 78 – TO NANAIMO (Mon – Fri)6:32 AM7:34 AM10:05 AM4:04 PM6:34 PMN/AN/A
RT 70 – TO NANAIMO (Mon – Fri)7:12 AM8:18 AM10:01 AM1:30 PM4:20 PM6:07 PM7:44 PM
RT 70 – TO NANAIMO (Saturday)8:59 AM9:59 AM1:13 PM4:21 PM5:55 PM7:20 PMN/A
RT 70 – TO DUNCAN (Mon – Fri)5:29 AM6:48 AM8:31 AM12:00 PM2:50 PM4:37 PM6:14 PM
RT 70 – TO DUNCAN (Saturday)7:16 AM8:16 AM11:30 AM2:38 PM4:12 PM5:37 PMN/A

Nanaimo Airport Transport Options

Nanaimo Airporter

The Nanaimo Airporter services the Greater Nanaimo Region, including Lantzville, Cedar, Extension and Yellow Point, as well as Ladysmith, Duncan, Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanoose. Services include:

    • 24/7 door to door service.
    • Competitive rates, guaranteed on time.
    • Clean and safe vehicles with professional drivers trained to meet your needs.
    • You can use their online booking feature.

Phone (778) 441-2133 or visit their website at

AC Taxi

To reach AC Taxi, phone (250) 753-1231  or look for them outside the Terminal ‘Arrivals’ entrance.

Yellow Cab

To reach Yellow Cab, phone (250) 751-1111 or look for them outside the Terminal ‘Arrivals’ entrance.

Other Vancouver Island Transportation Options