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Transportation to Victoria

Local transportation

Transportation to Victoria

By air

If you are arriving by air, there are several airlines which service the airports within proximity of the region.

Flying to Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Air Canada
Phone: 1-888-247-2262
Booking code: CNJQC731
To Book: Reservations must be made online by entering the promotion code in the search panel. The booking code applies only to reservations made online. Discounts are subject to restrictions. Please consult with the airline for more information.

West Jet
Phone: 1-888-493-7853
Booking code: CC7122
To Book: Reservations must be made by phone to use the booking code. Simply state the code at time of booking and receive a 10% discount. The discount does not apply to seat sale fares or to web-only fares. Discounts are subject to restrictions. Please consult with the airline for more information.

Flying from Vancouver to Victoria (Return)

Harbour Air Seaplane
Phone: 1-800-665-0212

Helijet (Helicopter)
Phone: 1-800-665-4354
Passenger Services Inquiries: [email protected]

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By sea

From Vancouver

BC Ferries
Phone: 1-888-BC-FERY (1-888-223-3779)

In June, most ferries depart hourly from the Lower Mainland (Tsawwassen) and Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay). The crossing takes approximately 90 minutes. Reservations (at an additional fee of approximately $15.00) are recommended during peak periods.

  • Passenger Fares (at June 2012)
  • Adult (12 years or older) - $14.85
  • Child (from 5 to 11 years of age) - $ 7.45
  • Infant (under 5 years of age) - Free
  • Vehicle Fare — Excludes driver and passengers (Length up to 20 feet) - $49.25

There are several daily ferry crossings between Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) and Departure Bay (Nanaimo, Vancouver Island). West Vancouver is approximately a 90-minute drive from Whistler. Crossing time is one hour and 40 minutes and it is approximately a 90-minute drive from Nanaimo to Victoria. Check the BC Ferries website for fares.

Note: There are options of purchasing bus transportation from Pacific Coach on board a BC Ferry.

From Seattle

Victoria Clipper
(Passenger only - One sailing per day)
Phone: 1-800-888-2535

From Port Angeles

Coho Ferry
(Vehicle & Passengers - Four sailings per day)
Phone: 1-250-386-2202

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By bus

Greyhound Canada
Phone: 1-800-661-8747

Coach Canada
Phone: 1-800-461-7661

Pacific Coach (Victoria – Vancouver)
Phone: 1-800-661-1725
Note: There are options of purchasing bus transportation from Pacific Coach on board a BC Ferry.

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Car rental

Budget Victoria
Special rates available for Congress attendees
Booking code: BCD A136100

Avis Rental





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Local transportation

Bus transportation

The University of Victoria is conveniently located along Victoria’s local bus routes. The University of Victoria is pleased to offer a complimentary shuttle service that will run between two hotel shuttle stops and a downtown BC Transit Connector, where you can pay to use the public buses. The shuttle service will run every 10-12 minutes between the hours of 07:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 20:00.

Bus Route #4 is the primary bus route from the BC Transit Connector to the UVic bus terminal. There are four other bus routes available from various downtown locations and the UVic campus. Daily BC Transit passes can be purchased for $5.00 (unlimited use for the day) and can be purchased at the UVic Kiosk in the Congress Expo, at the UVic Welcome Centre and at all Info Kiosks. One-way cash fares of $2.50 (for adults, seniors, and youths) can be presented to the BC Transit bus driver.

BC Transit Connector (Route #4)
Crystal Garden (713 Douglas Street Victoria, BC)
Within walking distance of: The Fairmont Empress, Executive House Hotel, Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites, Parkside Victoria

Shuttle Locations

Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel (146 Kingston Street Victoria, BC)
Shuttle point for: Inn at Laurel Point

Harbour Towers Hotels & Suites (345 Quebec Street Victoria, BC)
Shuttle point for: Hotel Grand Pacific, The Embassy Inn, Days Inn Victoria Hotel on the Harbour, The Oswego Hotel, Belleville Park Resort: The Huntingdon Hotel and Suites

Alternate bus routes between downtown and UVic

  • 11 Tillicum Mall/UVic
  • 14 Vic General/UVic
  • 15 UVic Express/Downtown Express
  • 33 UVic via Richmond (M-F)

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Airport shuttle service

Akal Airporter is the official airport service provider for Congress 2013. They are a local private company established in 1996. Akal has a fleet of new deluxe buses and a well-trained professional staff. The cost of a shuttle between the Victoria International Airport and downtown Victoria is $21 plus applicable taxes.  

Available shuttles:

  • Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal – University of Victoria – Downtown Victoria
  • Victoria International Airport – University of Victoria – Downtown Victoria

For reservations call 250-386-2525 or visit

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Parking On Campus

The University of Victoria offers 3,100 parking spaces in 17 lots across campus. Daily parking passes will be made available to Congress attendees at the following rates:

  • Monday-Friday: $7.00
  • Saturday: $2.00
  • Sunday: No charge

Passes are available for sale at the following locations:

  • UVic Kiosk in the Expo (McKinnon Building)
  • UVic Welcome Centre (University Centre)

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Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab (Empress Taxi) is an official Victoria partner with Congress 2013. There will be an on-campus taxi depot to avoid waiting times. Meter rates.

Victoria Taxi

Bluebird Cabs

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Accessible transportation

Together the Federation and the University of Victoria are committed to improving the accessibility of Congress. For more information on accessible transportation and other services please visit the accessibility page

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