We took the ferry from Seattle, Washington. It was about a 4 hour trip and it let us off in Victoria very close to the city center. It was no problem.
It is very easy to get around just by walking. All we had were our legs and we got around easily and saw alot.
You have 2 options of getting here! You can take a ferry, or you can fly in a plane. There is no bridge! I work at a hotel here in Victoria, and I am so amazed at how many people keep arguing with me and tell me that there is so a bridge, and that I am lying to them! There's no bridge!! ;-) Sorry for the rant, it's just kind of amusing! I recommend to EVERYONE, coming from ANY direction to take B.C. Ferries! Unless you're going to be already on the Peninsula and close enough to Port Angeles, to take that ferry. I'll tell you why: Both The ferries from Port Angeles, and Anacortes to Sydney have a very very limited sailing schedule. B.C. Ferries runs a much LARGER ferry and it operates every hour in the summer time, and every 2 hours in the winter. Every year I get people that miss their ferries because they do something foolish like thinking they can just arrive on labour day weekend take the ferry from Port Angeles, spend the night in Victoria, then take the first ferry back, so they can catch their 1 oclock flight out of Seattle! Every year I get people that will miss their flights because they don't take account the busy ferry season in the summertime. Take B.C. Ferries from Tsawassen to Schwartz Bay, cheaper, it's in Canadian funds, it's a scenic voyage, and they accomodate way more people per day than the other ferries.
There's many ways to get around Victoria. The bus system is decent, and will take you anywhere you want to go. Except the Butchart Gardens is tough to get to, and of all things there's no bus service to the airport! You can also book sightseeing bus tours through Gray Line. This is a great way to see the city. But by far and the best way is to rent a car and go at your own place. Ask locals where the best sceninc stops are! You'll find pretty much everyone helpful and ready to accomodate. You can probably rent a cab for a few hours too, I heard this is a viable alternative.
We took the ferry from Port Angelas, Washington. It was a nice ride, and not all that expensive. I think it was about $25 for the 2 of us and the car, each way.
In Victoria, you can do a lot of your sightseeing by foot. Victoria isn't too big. We had a car, so we drove , too. To go to the gardens, you can take a bus tour.
Victoria is well-connected to mainland British Columbia and Washington State by vehicle and passenger ferries and high-speed catamarans. Each day, dozens of ferries cross the straits, granting breathtaking views of the rocky coastline, forested islands, inlets and often marine wildlife. Victoria's arrival points include the Inner Harbour, the Town of Sidney and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney).
Victoria Clipper - It's a passenger ferry that goes between Seattle and Victoria, BC. It's kind of like flying Southwest Airlines - you're seated in rows like on an airplane (different from other ferry's I've taken) but the seats aren't assigned. And they have bad food, just like an airline.
You can see a lot of Victoria by foot, but if you want to go outside the general waterfront area, you can take a bus or taxi.
From the mainland take a ferry from Port angeles(U.S.).Anacortes(U.S.),Twassen(B.C.)
You could walk around Victoria but I suggest you bring or rent a car so as to drive outside the city and to one of the many beaches,lakes,and mountains on the island.
A train does go between Victoria and Naniamo(north of Victoria)
We arrived from Seattle by the Victoria Clipper the high speed passenger ferry. It was expensive $214 round trip for two, but we didn't have a car to drive to Port Angeles to catch the Washington State ferry from there. As a plus it was only a 2 and half hour trip from downtown Seattle.
Walk. Once you are in Victoria there is no reason for a car. We took a Grey-Line bus to the Gardens.
I took the ferry from Seattle and then walked around town. Walking is definitely the best way to see everything. It's a big enough place that you won't get bored, and it's small enough that you won't get lost.
Since Victoria is on Vancouver Island the only ways to get here is by plane or boat .
BC car Ferrys go to either Victoria (Sidney) or Nanaimo (about 1and a half hours away from Victoria. VIA RAIL goes from Victoria up to Courtenay and is a nice way to see the Island.
Walking and Biking , Horse & Carriage Tours, Bus
Cars butfinding a parking space is hard .
You will find walking is easy and the best wayto get around the down town area where all the action is.
If coming from Washington, you can also take a ferry to Victoria from Seattle, Port Angeles and Bellingham. The ferries come right into downtown from Washington and you can take a nice day trip from any of these cities to downtown Victoria and back.
Once you've arrived in Victoria from one of these ferries you can basically walk anywhere that you would want to go.
For terrific shots from the water, my uncle has a speedboat he takes out for crabbing, fishing and diving.
board a Harbour Ferry for a short trip across the Inner Harbour. In the background you will see the Legislative Buildings.