Victoria BC ferries, Victoria International Airport
Victoria BC ferries, airlines travel guide to Victoria Airport YYJ. For visits to Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island.
See the Location page for immediate directions once on Vancouver Island. We are centrally located a short drive from downtown Victoria, the ferry terminals, Victoria International Airport, Butchart Gardens and all the major tourist attractions of the area.
Travel to and from Victoria BC ferries
Victoria BC Ferries
There are four ferry companies connecting Victoria to the mainland though only the first three listed transport cars. Your choice will be dictated also by your destination and by the frequency of the ferry services. For most of our guests the Victoria BC Ferries route from Tsawwassen south of Vancouver BC to Swartz Bay north of Victoria is most appropriate, whether travelling to Canada or USA due to the greater number of daily crossings.
All ferries accept advance reservations, online or by telephone. Wait times vary, affected by USA immigration procedures which are conducted here. Terminals for the last four listed are downtown, on Belleville Street, 20 minutes from here. A useful web site for all ferries is www.ferrytravel.com. See our ferries maps.
BC Ferries – to Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver BC.
Car ferry. The nearest terminal is at Swartz Bay, at the north end of Hwy 17, 25 minutes from Gazebo Bed and Breakfast. Ferries also cross between north Vancouver, BC and Nanaimo. Both routes are 95 minutes crossing time.Significantly, they have departures every hour in the summer (up to 17 a day). If you miss one it is not a problem unless you have a flight deadline. The highway south to/from Seattle is a fast one. These ferries also transport Pacific Coach Lines between Victoria and Vancouver airport and downtown (1-800 661-1725).
Washington State Ferries – to Anacortes & Friday Harbor.
Car ferry. The local terminal is at Sidney, 20 minutes from our B&B. Reservations are required, at least 24 hours in advance. There are two daily crossings to Anacortes but only one to Friday Harbor. You need to park in line 90 minutes before departure.
M.V. Coho – to Port Angeles.
Car ferry. Reservations are accepted if over 24 hours in advance. 90 minute crossing time. A maximum of four crossings daily in summer, two daily in winter. You need to park in line 90 minutes in advance.
NOTE: this route is not recommended from the Seattle area though it may appear more direct. Use BC Ferries who have many more daily crossings. Every year guests are stranded at Port Angeles overnight because of this error!
Victoria Clipper – to Seattle.
Passengers only. Three crossings in summer, one in winter. 165 minute crossing time.
The local bus service, www.bctransit.com, (1-250 282-6161) does not serve our road so we recommend a car be rented for mazimum vacation flexibility. However we can pick you up at the Royal Oak Exchange from a bus from:
- the airport (route 75),
- from BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal (route 70),
- from Washington State ferries (route 70),
- from downtown including the Clipper and Coho ferries (routes 30 or 31).
Airlines travel guide to and from Victoria BC
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is just 20 minutes from our bed and breakfast. An airport shuttle service, taxis and car rentals are available at the airport. Several airlies provide local and international airline travel. Guide yourself to our B&B using the Location page.
Air Canada / Air BC 1-800 565-9513 From Vancouver and most Canadian cities.
WestJet 1-800 538-5696 From most Canadian cities
Harbour Air 1-800 665-0212 Seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria harbours
West Coast Air 1-800 347-2222 Seaplane from Vancouver
Victoria Helijet 1-800 665-4354 Helicopter from Vancouver downtown
Horizon Air / AlaskaAir 1-800-547-9308 Seaplane from Seattle and other USA cities
Kenmore Air 1-866 435-9524 NW USA and Canadian destinations
Orca Airways www.flyorcaair.com 1-888 359-6722 Vancouver - Victoria economical service
Road travel to and from Victoria BC
Use BC Ferries, Washington State Ferries or MV Coho ferry to reach Vancouver Island by car. Road reports.
See our British Columbia maps, including major roads.
Car rental: All the major companies have offices at the airport or downtown.
See comments about our location in the Guest Book.
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(Victoria BC ferries, Victoria International Airport page)