99% of all visitors to Victoria arrive on Vancouver Island by ferry.
4 separate ferry operators provide visitors and residents with the luxury of choosing from traditional ferries, high-speed ferries, passenger-only ferries and passenger-vehicle vessels to travel to & from Victoria.
Three (3) ferry systems travel from Washington State directly to Victoria. (Valid passports are required for all X-border travel)
- Clipper Vacation ferries travel from Seattle to Victoria (downtown to downtown)
-The Blackball ferry travels from Port Angeles to Victoria (downtown to downtown)
-The Washington State ferry has traditionally travelled from Anacortes to Sidney (Sidney is about. 20 mins from Victoria) however due to staff shortages, this route has been discontinued for 2022. Call 1-206-464-6400 for more information
1 ferry system, BC Ferries travels south to Victoria and north to Nanaimo (mid-way on Vancouver Island) from 2 ferry terminals on the Vancouver mainland.
Visiting British Columbia's Capitol is a treat at any time - but the combination of shoulder season hotel prices and ferry specials make Victoria a particular bargain October thru April.
Do not overlook the Seattle - Victoria ferry-hotel specials.
They are guaranteed to save serious dollars in most downtown Victoria hotels and reservations can be had by calling 1-800-686-0446
Whether visiting British Columbia's capital for a week or for a day, Victoria is a spectacular city and all ferries to Victoria are like mini-cruises.
Schedule time to visit the historic Craigdarroch Castle built in 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir for his bride.
And words can not describe Butchart Gardens which at 55 acres, enjoys a deserved global reputation as an absolute "must see" for every age group
Only minutes from the ferry terminals in the heart of downtown Victoria you can board a whale watching expedition; enjoy fabulous shopping; explore galleries & museums and dine in superb restaurants.
If time allows, enjoy a real High-Tea at The White Heather Tearoom - a favourite spot of Victoria locals. Reservations are mandatory (250-595-8020)
Most Requested Information: Land - Sea - Air:
Avis Car Rental: Convenient vehicle rentals from both city & airport locations
Vancouver Island Connector: Scheduled coach service between Victoria, Duncan; Ladysmith; Nanaimo, Parksville; Courtenay; Campbell River; Tofino
Kenmore Air: Daily 45 minute sea plane service between downtown Victoria and downtown Seattle - year round.
Orca Spirit Adventures: Whale watching tours departing 3x daily April thru October from Victorias' Inner Harbour
Ferry Terminal Information:
Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal: 30 minutes north of Victoria: connecting Victoria ferries to Vancouver. Call 250-381-1401 for reservations
Sidney Ferry Terminal: 20 minutes north of Victoria: connecting the Sidney ferry to Friday Harbor; Sidney ferry to Orcas Island and Sidney ferry to Anacortes. Not operational for 2022
Victoria Ferry Reservation Information:
Victoria ferries to Seattle
Victoria ferries to Port Angeles
call 1-250-386-2202 or 206-283-4400
Victoria ferries to Vancouver:
Victoria ferries to the Gulf Islands:
Victoria (Sidney) ferries to Anacortes, Friday Harbor or Orcas:
Call 206-464-6400 (No toll free # for this ferry service & not operational in 2022 ).