New payment method now available for Ferries

  • Apr. 4, 2008 6:00 p.m.

BC Ferries is offering customers a new way to pay ahead for travel between Skidegate Landing and Alliford Bay. The BC Ferries Experience Card is a wallet-sized electronic payment card, similar to a debit card, which can be loaded with as much money as the customer wishes to put on it. Passengers can now buy them at the Skidegate terminal. Passengers who use the card to pay for their trip will be charged the pre-paid fare, which can be significantly lower than the regular fare, as long as they load at least $75 on the card (or $40 for passenger fares only). For off-peak travel on the Kwuna, regular fare for a vehicle and driver is $24.05, while the pre-paid fare is $15.15. BC Ferries will continue to sell packages of prepaid paper tickets for now, said spokesperson Deborah Marshall, but this method will eventually be phased out. Right now BC Ferries is offering customers who still have prepaid tickets bought before April 1 the chance to convert those to credit on an Experience Card, at today’s value. (Fares went up April 1.) This offer is good until April 15. After April 15, passengers who use prepaid paper tickets bought before April 1 will have to pay the difference between the old price and the higher fare now in effect. Customers can use the Experience Card on most other BC Ferries routes, except the northern runs.