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Ride the IKEA Bus from Victoria to Richmond for a Shopaganza!


I often grumble that Victoria doesn’t have its own IKEA store. Why must we be denied regular access to this Swedish warehouse-retailer’s low-priced home decor and organizational solutions—its Bergsbo and Billy shelving systems, its Faktum kitchen cabinetry, its Bågviks, its Lämpligs, its Ringskärs and Domsjös? (It’s a bit like being dropped into a Dr. Seuss story, wandering an IKEA store amid these peculiarly named products.)

Fortunately, there is a surprisingly little-known solution for IKEA-starved Islanders: the Pacific Coach Lines’ IKEA Day Trip.

For $65 per person, you can ride a PCL bus from downtown Victoria to the Richmond IKEA store, spend the entire day shopping, and bring home all your purchases in the bus’s big luggage compartment. That price includes your return fare for both the bus and ferry rides.

The special IKEA bus leaves the 700 Douglas Street depot at 7:30 am, and it deposits you back there with your IKEA motherlode at 7:30 pm.

IKEA has special goodies for Pacific Coach Lines passengers, too.

  • A visitor name badge that gets you 15% off in the IKEA store restaurant;
  • A coupon for a $50 discount if you buy $250 or more worth of merchadise;
  • A ballot for a chance to win a “Swede Shop prize pack.”
When you consider the cost of taking your own vehicle on BC Ferries to tote home IKEA goodies ($133.50 return for car and driver in the off-season, as of Feb. 10, 2013), there’s no comparison. You could order from the online IKEA catalogue, but a package as small at 5 kg incurs a shipping fee of nearly $35.

There isn’t a hard-and-fast schedule for these PCL shopping tours. Check the PCL website for future trips, or, if none are listed there  (not uncommon), call the PCL office for more information.

  • Pacific Coach Lines (250-385-3348, 1-800-661-1725;, 700 Douglas St., Victoria, BC

4 comments to Ride the IKEA Bus from Victoria to Richmond for a Shopaganza!

  • Kayley

    Such a great idea! You can go for free if you spend 250, which is easy enough to do at IKEA!

  • anitabean

    Very clever, Kayley! I hadn’t thought of that. But you’re right: if you do use the $40 discount coupon, you’ve covered the whole cost of the bus trip! 🙂

  • Scott K

    Do you know the next Ikea run after Feb?


  • Hi Scott,

    You’ll need to contact Pacific Coach Lines to find out when their next IKEA trip will run. Because there is no info about the IKEA trips on their website now, I suspect that the runs have been temporarily suspended. The Richmond IKEA has been under strike action by its employees for some time, which is probably the issue. You can call Pacific Coach Lines at 250-385-3348 or 1-800-661-1725.

    There is a local Victoria company that will shop for you at IKEA and bring back your purchases to the Island for a surcharge. You can learn about them here:



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