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Escape to Victoria, Vancouver Island: How to get here!

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Victoria, British Columbia, a gem of the Pacific Northwest, beckons discerning travelers seeking a blend of sophistication, natural beauty, and rich cultural experiences. For those embarking on a journey to Victoria and Vancouver Island, there is a myriad of options to travel here from the USA and the city of Vancouver.

Clipper from Seattle

Departing from Seattle’s downtown waterfront, the Clipper offers a scenic and comfortable voyage to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Enjoy panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the approximately 2.5-hour journey.a large ship in a body of water

Black Ball- MV Coho Ferry Line

Departing from Port Angeles, Washington, the Black Ball Ferry Line provides a convenient option for travelers bringing their vehicles. The ferry journey across the Strait of Juan de Fuca takes approximately 90 minutes and offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the coastline.

BC Ferries

If you’re coming from Vancouver, BC Ferries offer regular sailings from Tsawwassen terminal to Swartz Bay terminal near Victoria. Enjoy the comfort of a large vessel with amenities such as restaurants and lounges during the scenic 1.5-hour journey across the Strait of Georgia.

a boat is docked next to a body of waterHarbour Air

For a unique and exhilarating experience, opt for a seaplane journey from Vancouver to Victoria with Harbour Air. Departing from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, from morning until dusk. Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the coastline and Gulf Islands during the approximately 35-minute flight. Harbour Air gives travelers the option of chartering their own seaplane.


Another exciting option from Vancouver to Victoria is Helijet’s helicopter service. Departing from downtown Vancouver’s Harbour Heliport, the helicopter journey provides stunning aerial views of the coastline and the Strait of Georgia, with a flight time of approximately 35 minutes.

Luxury Yacht Cruises

For those seeking a truly indulgent escape, luxury yacht cruises offer a bespoke way to arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Charter a private yacht from Seattle or Vancouver and embark on a leisurely voyage through the pristine waters of the Salish Sea. With onboard amenities including gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, and personalized itineraries, a yacht cruise promises an unparalleled level of comfort and sophistication. Arrive in Victoria in style, mooring directly at the city’s iconic waterfront, where your bespoke adventure awaits.


Victoria welcomes cruise ships from various destinations, including Alaska, and ports along the Pacific coast serviced by cruise lines like Alaska and Carnival. These ships often embark from major cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Vancouver, offering passengers an opportunity to explore the stunning coastal scenery of the Pacific Northwest end route to Victoria.

Victoria International Airport

Another way to get to Victoria is by the Victoria International Airport (YYJ), located in Sidney. Airlines like AirCanada, Westjet, and Alaska Airlines,  among others. This airport won the award for “most efficient small airport” in North America in the 2022 Global Airport Report.

However you arrive to Victoria, EV Tour’s guide-driver will meet you to take you on for your private tour. Embark on a captivating journey through Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island, where you’ll uncover the region’s fascinating history, explore fabulous gardens, and marvel at the scenic beauty that defines this coastal paradise.