• Walk! Take the Inner Harbour's pedestrian walkways and streets, which are mostly flatand easy to walk on, and most main attractions in the city are within 30 minutes by foot!
  • If you are going outside of the immediate Victoria area (which, as has already been noted, is best explored by foot), you can rent a car from Avis (1001 Douglas St., 800-879-2847 or 250-386-8468; www.avis.com; bus no. 5 to Broughton St), Budget (757 Douglas St., 800-668-9833 or 250-953-5300; www.budgetvictoria.com), Hertz (655 Douglas St., in the Queen Victoria Inn, 800-654-3131 or 250-360-2822; www.hertz.com), or National (767 Douglas St. 800-227-7368 or 250-386-1213; www.nationalvictoria.com). You can get to those last three via the no. 5 bus to the Convention Centre.
  • Biking is a very convenient and fun way to get around downtown and the beaches. The city is very biker-friendly, with bike lanes in the city, and paved paths at beaches and parks. Rent a bike from Cycle B.C. (747 Douglas St., 866-380-2453 or 250-885-2453; www.cyclebc.ca) at C$5 ( US$3.75) per hour and C$15 ( US$11) per day (including lock and helmet). 
  • Take a Bicycle Tour with The Pedaler (719 Douglas St. (t)778-265-7433  www.thepedaler.ca). They offer fun and informative tours that celebrate the Victoria locals love. Craft beer tastings on the Hoppy Hour Tour where you often meet the brew masters. Coffee, tea and bakery tasting on Beans & Bites. Off-the beaten path historical perspective on Castles, Hoods & Legends (3hours) or Magical History Tour (2 hours). Tour prices start at $42 CAD. Comfortable city cruiser bikes and hybrids for rent starting at $7CAD/hour.
  • Tour Bus If biking or walking isn't your thing several local Companies offer Tours of Victoria that can get you around to locations off the beaten path. Victoria is a wonderful city to wander, but you need to know what you want to see and where you want to spend time, a City Tour might just be what you are looking for. CVS Cruise Victoria (250-893-9503 www.cvscruisevictoria.com) offers year round City Tours and Big Bus provides a hop-on - hop-off service. CVS provides a high quality product and the driver does the narration, newer buses means more comfort - Big Bus uses a GPS based tape narration that is pre-recorded and the bus is not as comfortable but it is open air. There has been good feedback on both products.
  • If you need a cab downtown, call ahead, as taxis are known to often ignore people trying to flag them down on the streets (particularly in foul weather). Call Empress Cabs (250-381-2222) or Blue Bird Cabs (250-382-4235), and pay about C$6 ( US$4.50) for travel in the downtown area (not including tip).
  • An alternative mode of transportation in the city is a pedi-cab, which costs about C$1 (US75¢) per minute. These are two- and four-seat cab bikes pedalled by a strong driver. You can call Kabuki Kabs (250-385-4243; www.kabukikabs.com) for 24-hour pedi-cab service, or look for these funny mobiles at the base of Bastion Square.