News Release - June 13, 2023
News ReleaseTofinoExpressBus.com to offer $5.00 fares
Nanaimo (June 13, 2023) - Islandlink's new West Coast bus service TofinoExpressBus.com has today restarted daily round trip bus service between Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino.
"We were forced to suspend service on June 8 due to the Cameron Lake fire road closure, cutting off Nanaimo, but now realize the people on the Coast also require local services," says Phillip Morgan, owner of Islandlink and TofinoExpressBus. "For them, the closure has gone on too long already, so today we have re-started those services."
The bus departs Port Alberni daily at 7:30am, arrives Ucluelet at 8:55am and is in Tofino by 9:45am. The return bus departs Tofino at 3:30pm, Ucluelet at 4:15pm and arrives back in Port Alberni at 5:50pm. TofinoExpressBus uses a 24-seat bus for this service.
Our Port Alberni - Nanaimo trips and our bus routes between Nanaimo and Ucluelet/Tofino will start again as soon as the road is re-opened at Cameron Lake.
"Besides restarting the bus service west from Port Alberni," Morgan adds, "we are also making another major announcement. Effective tomorrow morning June 14, we are slashing the bus fares between Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino to $5.00 one way when booked online, on our website."
"We can see that West Coast residents have been dealt a pretty bad hand with respect to satisfying their transportation needs over the past 2-3 years, first with COVID and now with a road closure 150kms away," says Morgan. "TofinoExpressBus.com intends to do something about it."
The $5.00 bus fares will be available on every seat on the bus every day until at least Thanksgiving.
- Port Alberni - Ucluelet: $5.00 one way,
- Port Alberni - Tofino: $5.00 one way,
- Ucluelet - Tofino: $5.00 one way
For information on fares, schedules and availability, and to make or cancel bookings visit the TofinoExpressBus website at TofinoExpressBus.com or IslandLink website at IslandLinkBus.com Bookings can be made until midnight on the day before travel.
IslandLink is celebrating its 25th year of service in 2023. Islandlink started in 1998 with bus service from Qualicum Beach, French Creek and Parksville to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. The service was designed to serve as a connector for Horseshoe Bay/Departure Bay foot passengers. That remains the focus of our service today serving four BC Ferries terminals: Departure Bay, Little River, Buckley Bay and Campbell River to provide connecting bus transportation for ferry foot passengers. Islandlink carries more than 50,000 passengers a year and operates up to 18 buses.
Phillip Morgan, owner, IslandLink