Greater Victoria Transportation
Local public transportation is provided by the Victoria Regional Transit System, which is part of BC Transit. In 2000, double decker buses were introduced and have since become a recognized symbol of the city. Rider fare payments can be made in cash, disability yearly passes, monthly passes, or prepaid tickets.
The Victoria International Airport has non-stop flights to and from Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle and many cities in Western Canada. Multiple scheduled helicopter and seaplane flights are available daily from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Vancouver International Airport, Coal Harbour in Vancouver, and Seattle.
The BC Ferries Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, located 29 kilometres (18 miles) north of Victoria, has frequent sailings to many of the Southern Gulf Islands, and hourly sailings to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, which is south of Vancouver. The Washington State Ferry Terminal in Sidney provides ferry service to Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, and Anacortes, Washington.
Visitors from Seattle can reach Victoria by seaplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry, which operates daily between Seattle and Victoria. Victoria can also be reached from Port Angeles in Washington State by ferry across the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Victoria also serves as the western terminus (Mile Zero) for Canada’s Trans-Canada Highway, the longest national highway in the world. Mile Zero is located in the southern part of the city at the corner of Douglas Street and Dallas Road, where there is a small monument.
Bus service between Victoria and Vancouver is operated by Pacific Coach Lines. The bus travels on the ferry, and the average travel time between the two cities is four to five hours. Bus service from Victoria to destinations throughout Vancouver Island is provided by IslandLinkBus.