All the usual modes of transportation are available for getting around Victoria. The entire downtown core is easily accessible by foot, and chances are if you are staying downtown, you will do much exploring on your own two feet.
Getting Around Victoria by Public Transportation
Public bus and Taxicab
A decent public transport system comprising city buses and cab companies serves the Greater Victoria area.
The Victoria Regional Transit System has online bus schedules or call for route information (250-382-6161). Cab companies include Yellow Cab of Victoria (250-381-2222) also known as Empress Taxi, Bluebird Cabs Ltd. (250-382-2222), Westwind Taxi (250-474-4747) serving the western municipalities, and Victoria Taxi (250-383-7111).
Car rental companies are located at the airport, and all the popular agencies are located downtown including Budget, National, Enterprise, Avis and Hertz. Note that there are no car rental facilities available at BC Ferries terminals.
A favourite way for locals and guests to tour the city is by scooter. During the warm months, fleets of helmet-clad riders buzzing along scenic routes are a common sight. Cycle BC Rentals and Tours located downtown on Humboldt Street offers a full range of motorized and non-motorized two-wheeled transportation, including electric bikes, mountain bikes and childrens bikes.
Victoria has a huge cycling community and many people ride for work and pleasure. A large network of cycling routes that crisscross the city for amazingly scenic riding is a fun and healthy way of getting around Victoria. Cycle BC Rentals and Tours located downtown offers a full range of bike rentals including electric bikes, mountain bikes and childrens bikes as well as a number of suggested riding tours of various lengths so the whole family can enjoy the experience.
Some twenty-odd pedal powered pedicabs roam the downtown area in search of passengers. These three-wheeled human powered taxis called Kabuki Kabs are a fun way of getting around Victoria, especially the downtown core. They will take you as far as you want to go, so if you have deep pockets the skies the limit.
Horse and Carriage
Carriage tours provide a traditional way to tour the downtown area. Tour operators entertain you with yarns of Victoria’s past while winding through areas including downtown, Beacon Hill Park and the Dallas Road waterfront. Check out Victoria Carriage Tours and Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, but you can’t miss them once you’re there. Make a reservation or go for an impromptu tour; they are usually available.