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Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission

Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission
5 hours
USD 137.55
Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with two memorable experiences in one day. Take a whale-watching tour from Inner Harbour around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands and spot whales with the help of your naturalist guide. Then, explore the magnificent floral displays of the famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Round-trip transfers are included.

Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
USD 51.59
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent Butchart Gardens, Victoria's most famous attraction. This 55-acre garden of colorful and aromatic flowers is a popular attraction in Victoria that should not be missed. Situated just 35 minutes drive from Victoria, Butchart Gardens are made for relaxed strolling, with 55 fragrant acres of flowers, landscaped theme gardens, streams and lily ponds to visit.

This great-value tour includes admission to Butchart Gardens and a choice of several return shuttles during the summer, so you can enjoy the gardens at your leisure.

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Official Victoria Airport Taxi Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com recommends the official Victoria Airport taxi service.

There are few transportation options at the Victoria Airport and a taxi will get you to your destination fast. The airport shuttle is also worth considering if you are travelling alone or on a budget. The Victoria Airport bus service is limited.

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Official Victoria Airport Taxi Rates & Fares

Victoria Airport taxi rates given here are in the local currency (CAD or Canadian Dollar). Use our currency converter or the cheat sheet to the left if you would like to convert to your currency. Note that Victoria Airport taxi rates given here are for official taxis and unofficial or pirate taxis (discussed below) may be different. Drivers may also accept USD, but make sure to confirm.

  • Some typical Victoria Airport taxi fares are:

    • Downtown Victoria: CAD 56
    • UVic: CAD 50
    • Royal Oak: CAD 42
    • Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal: CAD 24
    • Butchart Gardens: CAD 35

Victoria Taxi Payment: Cash • Credit Cards • Debit Cards
  • Always confirm with your Victoria Airport taxi driver if they take credit or bank cards and if there are any card fees.

Drivers may also accept USD, but make sure to confirm
Victoria Taxi Tipping Recommendation: Tipping recommended, 10%

Official Victoria Airport Taxi Details

Victoria Airport Taxi

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Victoria Airport taxi services may be hired directly outside the baggage claim area.


The exclusive Victoria taxi cab company serving the YYJ Victoria International Airport is Yellow Cab, meaning that only they may be hired from the arrivals area. Their Victoria Airport taxis are yellow in colour.


If heading to downtown Victoria from the Victoria Airport, taxi drivers will most likely take the Pat Bay Highway (or highway #17) and the trip should take about 30-40 minutes.


Taxi trips from the Victoria Airport to Butchart Gardens     will either be via the Pat Bay Highway or West Saanich Road.


If catching a taxi from downtown Victoria to the Victoria Airport, please consider using Yellow Cab since all other companies are prohibited to pick-up passengers from the Victoria Airport (see Scams, below).

 Unofficial Victoria Airport Taxi Service or Hire Points


Due to the Victoria taxi 'minimum enforcement fare' scam going on at the Victoria Airport (see below), there is a way to hire a Victoria Airport taxi unofficially if your journey will be to locations such as the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, Sidney, or as far south as Brentwood Bay.


If you are going to one of these destinations, to avoid the scam, just visit a pay phone in the terminal and call a local taxi (e.g., Sidney Taxi: 250-656-6666) and they will pick you up at the YYJ airport shortly.


To meet an unofficial Victoria Airport taxi, head out the door next to the baggage claim and walk across the street to the first parking lot -- the unofficial taxis wait in the first lane immediately after you cross the street (Sidney Taxi vehicles are bright orange).

IHateTaxis.com recommends the unofficial Victoria Airport taxi service.

We recommend using this unofficial hire point to avoid the minimum fare scam if your destination will cost less than ~CAD 40.

 Victoria Airport Taxi Scams

Minimum Fare Enforcement
As Yellow Cab has exclusive rights to take passengers from the Victoria Airport, most cab drivers with this company will line up for hours waiting for a lucrative fare from the Victoria Airport to downtown. Due to their waiting time, they do not readily entertain other destinations from passengers that do not involve a minimum ~CAD 40 fare.


IHateTaxis.com has heard from several individuals (and we have experienced this as well) when taking Victoria Airport taxi services that they have been refused cab service for closer destinations, including Sidney, the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Saanichton, and sometimes Brentwood Bay. This has included dumping passengers and their luggage outside the airport followed with a few choice words! Yellow Cab will usually take passengers to Butchart Gardens, just south of Brentwood Bay, although this might be shy of the "minimum fare".


Under their contract with the Victoria Airport authority, this practise of "minimum fare" or non-"short tripping" is not permitted, yet the Victoria Airport authority does not enforce it unless customers complain directly to them, which rarely happens.


We recommend either using the unofficial hiring point (see above) when heading to destinations on the Peninsula or DO NOT state your destination to the taxi driver until they have pulled out of the queue from the airport and have past the first roundabout, which will likely be met with resistance, but now the Victoria Airport taxi driver has lost his line-up position he 'might as well' take you to your destination (or dump you and your luggage). PLEASE, for the sake of all future travellers, immediately contact the Victoria Airport at 250-953-7500 (08:00-16:00) or 250-953-7511 (24 hours) or Email and tell them of the issue.

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Last Updated: 12 Oct 2015