Arriving at Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
We strongly recommend flying to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) when you arrive in Canada for the start of your program.
After a long flight to Vancouver, you will be very happy to take another 20-minute flight to Victoria, instead of adding more hours to your trip by taking a bus and ferry to Vancouver Island. Save that experience for weekend adventure during your program when you can really enjoy it!
Flights to Victoria should be reserved through your travel agent or online. Two of the main Canadian airlines that fly to Victoria are "Air Canada" and "West Jet." Some of their routes offer direct flights to Canada without stopping in the USA.
Arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Remember: Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, which is different from the city of Vancouver! If your final flight destination is Vancouver International Airport… you’re not in Victoria yet! You will need to take a BC ferry to Vancouver Island in one of these ways:
- The Pacific Coach bus is the best way to get from Vancouver Airport across the ferry to Victoria. leaves directly from the airport and proves bus-ferry-bus service to downtown Victoria. You will find the Pacific Coach ticket counter in the International Arrivals Terminal. The departure location is directly outside the terminal, close to the ticket counter. This option will cost about $55 CAD.
- You can take a taxi from the Vancouver airport to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen (located a half-hour south of Vancouver). You will then buy a ferry ticket and board the ferry. Once you arrive at the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay, you can take another taxi to downtown Victoria or UVic. This option will cost about $160 CAD.
- You can take the "Vancouver SkyTrain" from Vancouver Airport station to Bridgeport Station. You will then take the #620 bus to the Tsawwassen Terminal, where you will buy a ticket and board the ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria). Outside the ferry terminal, board the #70 or #72 bus downtown. Ask your bus driver where to transfer to buses going to UVic. This option will cost about $35.