We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
86 posts
748 reviews
Save Topic
Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

Hi: Planning our trip and would like some info please. Going in early July.

We want to go to Butchart Gardens in the early afternoon and stay till dark...to see the gardens illuminated. The CVS Cruise Victoria transporation does not seem to return late in the evening. The last departure for Victoria is around 6pm. Besides renting a car for the day, is there other easy transportation that returns in the evening?

Also, is the restaurant at The Gardens good? Best for lunch, tea or dinner?

Thank you so much!

Level Contributor
4,633 posts
20 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

You could get a cab back into town, would be around $50 - $60. Another alternative would be to take the public bus back into town,


The restaurants are wonderful - coffee shop for basic sandwiches, Blue Poppy for hot and cold dishes; and the main restaurant for either tea (wonderful!) or a more formal dinner. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of them.

Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
149 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

You can also get a tourist bus - Cruise Victoria runs tour buses from the Empress area (Inner Harbour) to the gardens and back, and in the summer they run until after 10pm. You could also rent a car - parking at the gardens is free with admission but parking at the Empress will cost you. There's a car rental place on Douglas Street behind the Empress property.

Vancouver, Canada
Destination Expert
for Vancouver
Level Contributor
60,825 posts
64 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

OahuHawaii ~

Check that CVS Schedule again, I think you were looking at the section of the Butchart Tours schedule for May 3 to June 14.


4. Re: Transportation to Butchart Gardens from Empress Hotel

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:18 am, March 18, 2014
Get answers to your questions about Victoria