Victoria Transportation Tips by MDH
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A BC Transit double-decker bus.
Public mass transportation in Victoria is operated by BC Transit, the main mass trans service of the province, which operates everywhere except in the Vancouver area, which has its own service.
The Victoria Regional Transit System, operated by BC Transit, is sometimes not the quickest way to get around, due to the number of stops and traffic on streets, but it is reliable and fairly inexpensive. Buses routes span all over the greater Victoria-Esquimalt region. If you're taking the ferry in from Vancouver or the States and arrive in Swartz Bay or other locations, there are convienent bus stops nearby, which are scheduled to coincide with ferry arrivals and departures.
To keep up with the Anglo atmosphere, BC Transit has also included double-decker buses along some of its Victoria routes.
A large BC Ferry navigating through the water.
As there's no bridges that connect Vancouver Island with the mainland, there's really only three ways to get to Victoria from the Canadian and American mainland: ferry, plane, or swim. Most people prefer the first two. BC Ferries serves Tsawassen (mainland BC) across the Georgia Strait to Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) at least several times a day and are roughly only $10 CAN. These large ferries can carry hundreds of cars and passengers, and usually take only 90 minutes either way when the sea is calm. From Swartz Bay, it's a twenty minute drive into central Victoria.
Ferries also operate from the Olympic Peninsula and San Juans down in Washington State. The Coho Ferry operates between Port Angeles to Victoria, also running daily. A more expensive ferry service serves Victoria and Seattle, but this isn't recommended, as it can cost over $120 per person! Victoria can also be reached by ferries from Anacortes, Washington.
When you are on a ferry crossing the American-Canadian border, you will be asked to fill out the necessary forms required by the State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although you won't notice it because you're going through water, you are crossing international borders.
Taking the ferry is a very scenic way to see the surrounding area. You'll pass through groups of small forest covered rocky islands, and spot isolated pockets of homes every now and then.
Flying to Victoria from the mainland is relatively expensive and impractical. It's largely best to take the ferries no matter wherever you are.
Other Contact: http://www.cohoferry.com
Phone: 250) 386-3431
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