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Getting Around Victoria

Getting Around Victoria

Waterfront panorama in front of the Empress hotel in Victoria, BC. Photo by Avhell.

Victoria is a fairly compact city so is easy to find your way around, whether you choose good old foot power, a bicycle or public transport you shouldn’t have any trouble reaching your destination with little effort. Our Victoria Orientation page gives you further details on how to orient yourself in this city, whilst below you’ll find information on getting from one place to another.

By Bus

The Victoria Regional Transit System is the name for the bus services in and around Victoria, which are run by BC Transit. There are services all over the city and the bus station is very centrally located and easy to find behind the landmark of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

If you’re just getting around the Downtown Victoria you may well find that you don’t need a bus to get around, though there are some popular attractions which are a little further out for which a bus might be a good idea. Bus # 11 for example, is the one to catch to take you out to Craigdarroch Castle and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

If you do want to make use of the buses for several journeys in a day, consider buying a day pass as this will quickly pay for itself.

By Bicycle

Victoria is a bicycle friendly city; there are more cycle routes here than in any other Canadian city! So this makes a great way to get around the sights, traveling at your own pace.

There are several bicycle rental companies in Victoria as well as one offering cycle tours. Visit our Victoria Activities page for further information on bicycling in Victoria.

Victoria Bus Tours

As with Vancouver, several companies offer bus tours of the city of Victoria. If you only have a day to spare these offer a great sightseeing option, especially the hop-on/hop-off ones, as you get to see all the major attractions with ease.

Our Organized Tours in Victoria page has all the details of the bus tour companies as well as other tour options.