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Getting to Butchart Gardens?

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San Diego, CA
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Getting to Butchart Gardens?

Our cruise ship stops in Victoria for the day and we want to go to Butchart Gardens. Is there an easy way to get from the marina where the ship is to Butchart Gardens? We don't usually enjoy going on the shore excursions that are planned by the cruise and prefer to venture out on our own. Thanks.

seattle
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1. Re: Getting to Butchart Gardens?

anyone can help you, but the easiest is to take the Grayline double decker bus that stops in front of the Emress Hotel. It goes to the Gardens directly. There is also a city bus that lots of people take, but not as quick. The gardens is in a very residential part of Victoria and its quite a drive to get out there. The Grayline also offers a short city tour with the Gardens which I would recommend. Sometimes for shore excursions Grayline might meet the boat but probably not if you don't book thru the cruise. Its well worth the trip.

seattle
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2. Re: Getting to Butchart Gardens?

anyone can help you, but the easiest is to take the Grayline double decker bus that stops in front of the Emress Hotel. It goes to the Gardens directly. There is also a city bus that lots of people take, but not as quick. The gardens is in a very residential part of Victoria and its quite a drive to get out there. The Grayline also offers a short city tour with the Gardens which I would recommend. Sometimes for shore excursions Grayline might meet the boat but probably not if you don't book thru the cruise. Its well worth the trip.

Fremont, CA
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3. Re: Getting to Butchart Gardens?

Much cheaper to do it from in front of Empress. They have many tours and a lot less than the ship offers.