Transit Times & Schedules

Regional Shipping Times and Schedules

For more information on how to use these shipping times and schedules tables, please read the sections below.

Newfoundland Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Notes
Nova Scotia 2-8 days 3-5 days Ferry Schedules add unpredictability
Maritimes (NS/NB/PEI) Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Notes
Newfoundland 4-8 days 3-4 days Ferry Schedules add unpredictability
Ontario/Quebec 4-7 days 2-4 days
Within Region 2-5 days 1-2 days
Quebec/Ontario Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Wait time – Train Transit time – Train Notes
Maritimes 3-7 Days 2-4 Days
Prairies 7-12 Days 4-7 Days 5-8 Days 8-12 Days Train is from Toronto to Calgary
BC 5-8 Days 9-13 Days Train is from Toronto to Vancouver
Within Region 2-4 Days 1-2 Days
Prairies (MB/SK/AB) Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Wait time – Train Transit time – Train Notes
Ontario/Quebec 7-12 days 4-7 days 7-15 days 7-10 days
BC 4-7 days 3-5 days From AB
Territories 7-10 days 2-4 days From Edmonton
Within-Region 2-6 days 1-3 days
BC Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Wait time – Train Transit time – Train Notes
Ontario 5-8 Days 9-13 Days Vancouver to Toronto
Alberta 4-7 Days 3-5 Days Calgary/Edmonton
Within-Region 2-6 Days 1-3 Days Northern and remote locations may take longer
Territories (YT/NWT) Departures
Departures to Region(s) Wait time – Truck Transit time – Truck Wait time – Train Transit time – Train Notes
Alberta 7-10 Days 2-4 Days
Within Region N/A N/A

How long does it take to ship my car?

The tables above show the approximate wait times and transit times for shipping a car within Canada. 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. If you are shipping by enclosed transport trailer these transit times may not apply.

It is recommended to book at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Booking in advance can help decrease transit times but normally you’re vehicle will be placed in queue to ship once it is at the terminal.

To use this section, first select the Province/Region you’re shipping from, then find the destination province in the column. Keep in mind that your vehicle may not be shipped directly to its destination and could ship through multiple terminals in different regions. If the destination province/region for your shipment is not in the column, that means your vehicle can’t be shipped direct. Direct shipments are available but can be very costly. Choose the next closest Province/Region and then see the table for that region for departures to the cars final destination.

For example, if your shipping your car from Newfoundland to Northwest Territories:

  • A shipment of this length would go through multiple regions and various terminals:
    • Newfoundland->Maritimes->Ontario/Quebec->Prairies->Territories
  • The cities/terminals it may be delivered to and wait for the next leg of the journey
    • St. John’s->Halifax->Toronto->Edmonton->Yellowknife

What does “Within-Region” mean?

  • If you have a short shipment within a province or region these wait times and transit times will apply.
  • If you’re shipping to a smaller city or town that is not a major terminal these wait/transit times may apply.
    • For example, if you’re shipping to Fort McMurray from Ontario your vehicle could be shipped to a major terminal in Calgary or Edmonton then shipped north on a truck to Fort McMurray.

What does “Wait Time” and “Transit Time” mean?

  • The wait time is how long your vehicle 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 on more than one truck?

For shorter moves it won’t be, 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.