Transit Times for Shipping a Car
From British Columbia to Prince Edward Island
1st Stage – Vancouver to Toronto
Wait Time: 2-6 days
Transit Time: 9-14 days
2nd Stage – Toronto to Halifax
Wait Time: 2-5 days
Transit Time: 2-3 days
3rd Stage – Halifax to Prince Edward Island
Wait Time: 2-5 days
Transit Time: 1-2 days
BC to PEI Shipping Information
The main terminal in British Columbia is located in Delta, BC. We have secondary terminals in Prince Edward Island that your vehicle could be delivered to (storage fees may apply), but in most cases the truck driver will call you and arrange for you to meet him at a commercial location like a dealership or truck stop. The vehicle would be unloaded from the truck and given to you directly.
Your vehicle will be transported inside an enclosed rail car from the terminal in Delta to the rail terminal in Scarborough, ON. Once it offloads in Scarborough, it will be assigned to an open car carrier for delivery to the terminal in Dartmouth and will be assigned to another open car carrier for delivery to PEI. In some cases it may be shipped directly to PEI from Ontario.
If your vehicle is being picked up from another city outside of the Lower Mainland/Vancouver area, it would be picked up by a truck and taken to the Delta terminal to wait to be loaded on rail. This will add a few days to the Wait/Transit Times.
For example, if you’re shipping from Vancouver to Charlottetown your vehicle will be shipped like this:
Vancouver, BC → Toronto, ON → Dartmouth, NS → Charlottetown, PE
The wait times and transit times are approximates, and not guaranteed for the standard method of shipping. Pickup and deliveries in remote locations can take longer.
How long does it take to ship my car?
The information above shows the approximate wait times and transit times for shipping a car from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island. Departures are usually not on fixed days as they can depend on volume of vehicles already booked and ones already at the terminals assigned to a load. It is recommended to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Booking in advance can help decrease transit times but normally your vehicle will be placed in queue to ship once it is at the terminal. If you are shipping by enclosed transport trailer these transit times may not apply.
What is “Wait Time” and “Transit Time”?
- The wait time is how long your vehicle will wait before it is picked up or how long it will wait to depart on the truck/train once it is dropped off at a terminal.
- The transit time is how long your vehicle will take to arrive to the next terminal once it has departed.
Will my car be shipped by multiple trucks?
For shorter moves it may be shipped on only one truck, but for longer shipments it will be on multiple trucks/trains before it’s delivered. Canada is the second largest country in the world and to ship a car directly in one shipment across the entire country would be very expensive. It is the most economical/inexpensive way to ship your vehicle when it’s transferred between multiple trucks/trains between major cities.
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