Vancouver to Victoria

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How to get to Victoria BC from Vancouver BC by Car, Bus, Plane, Helicopter and Bike

There are many options when travelling between Vancouver and Victoria. You can drive (taking your car or truck across on BC Ferries), You can take a Vancouver to Victoria bus which have scheduled times and routes, or you can fly to Victoria by float plane or helicopter from downtown Vancouver or take a domestic flight from the Vancouver International Airport to the Victoria Airport (you will need to take a taxi or bus from Victoria's Airport to get to downtown Victoria). The distance from Vancouver, BC to Victoria, BC is about 55 miles (88 kms).

Travelling Options

1 - by car - 3-4 hours - cost: car rental, bc ferries fare $45 one way regular fare for vehicle (2009)
2 - by bus - 3.25 hours - cost: bus fare (Pacific Coach Lines) $43 one way and $84 return (Pacific Central Station Vancouver to Victoria Depot (2009 prices)
3 - by plane 35 minutes - cost: airfare (Harbour Air - 2009) $134 Adult One Way/$268 Return
4 - by helicopter - 35 minutes. cost (Helijet - 2009) $245 One Way Adult

Vancouver to Victoria by Car

If you decide to drive to Victoria you will need your own car or a rental car. You can get a rental car from the Vancouver Airport. It takes about 4-5 hours to travel from downtown Vancouver to Victoria by car provided that there is no wait at the BC Ferries terminals in Twassassen or Horseshoe Bay. Departures every hour Making a reservation is a good idea on long weekends and holidays.

BC Ferries

BC Ferries Fares - priced one way between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen (2009):

Walk on:

Adult $9.00 $13.50
Child (age 5-11)
(Under 5 years of age: Free) $4.50 $6.75

Passenger Vehicle & Trailer

(Up to 7' high, up to 20' long) $30.00 $45.00
- Extra Length (per foot) $2.25 $2.25
Oversize Passenger Vehicle & Trailer - Extra Length (per foot) $3.60 $3.60
Motorcycle (including sidecar and/or trailer) $15.00 $22.50
Bicycle or Stowage (kayaks, canoes, etc.) $2.00 $2.00

Vancouver to Victoria by Bus

Pacific Coach Lines
Downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria, and Vancouver Airport to downtown Victoria by way of BC Ferries' Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay service. Bus tickets may be purchased on many BC Ferries sailings between Vancouver and Victoria. Information & reservations: Vancouver: (604) 662-8074, Victoria (250) 385-4411. From elsewhere in Canada, or from the United States, call toll-free: 1-800-661-1725. Pacific Coach Lines also provides regularly scheduled service connecting Nanaimo to Vancouver International Airport via BC Ferries' Duke Point-Tsawwassen route. This is available Thursday through Monday from both ferry terminals. For schedule details and bookings call 1-800-661-1725 or visit www.pacificcoach.com. If you intend to board a PCL coach on the ferry, please ensure that any baggage you check at the terminal has a bus on it.

Vancouver to Victoria by Plane

Harbour Air Seaplanes
Harbour Air Seaplanes leave out of Vancouver Harbour every hour or so. The flight time is 35 minutes.
Fares Vancouver-Victoria (2009)

one way $134
return $268
Child $67
Senior $113.90
Book of 10 $1206.50 or $120.65 each

Westcoast Air Seaplanes
Westcoast Air Seaplanes leave out Vancouver Harbour every hour or so.

Air Canada flies from the Vancouver International Airport YVR to Victoria Airport (YYJ) almost every hour using Dash 8s. The flight time is 25 minutes. The fares start at approx $120 one way.

Vancouver to Victoria by Helicopter

You can take a Helicopter ride from Vancouver to Victoria using Helijet from Vancouver Harbour. Travelling time is 35 minutes
Fares (2009)
Full Economy One Way - Y Class. $245
Off Peak Economy One Way - B Class $229
Seniors/Children One Way - YCD/YCH Class $194
Super Saver Fare One Way - SUPER Class $129 (see website for details)

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