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There are about 80 bus routes running through Victoria, Sooke and Sidney, as part of the Victoria Regional Transit System (250-382-6161; http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/). Regular service hours on the main routes are 6 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, head to the Tourism Victoria Visitor Info Centre and get copies of either Victoria Rider's Guide or Discover Vancouver on Transit: Including Victoria, check the BC Transit website, or use Google Maps. One-way fares (effective April 1, 2013) are C$2.50 for adults, students, seniors and youth, and children under 5 ride free. There is only one zone. Get a DayPass, C$5 for unlimited travel for the day. Purchase them at the Tourism Victoria Visitor Info Centre, or anywhere in Victoria that you see a sign reading “faredealer.”
Buses on the #70, 72, or 75 routes meet every ferry to/from Vancouver (Tsawwassen). The #70 (express) takes about an hour from downtown Victoria to/from Swartz Bay, the others longer.
You can also make use of available water transportation in Victoria, via 12-passanger ferries which cross the Inner, Upper, and Victoria harbours: Victoria Harbour Ferries (250-708-0201; www.victoriahabourferry.com). These are inexpensive and very enjoyable. The fare is C$3.50 (US$2.60) for adults and C$1.50 (US$1.15) for children.
If you want a longer and more lesiurely water excursion, try a 45-minute Harbour Tour [C$14 (US$10) adults, C$12 (US$9) adults, and C$7 (US$4.75) children under 12], or the 50-minute Gorge Tour [for C$16 (US$12) adults, C$14 (US$11) seniors, and C$8 (US$6) children under 12].
Interesting and bizarre fact: The funny-looking ferry boats participate in what’s known as the “ferry ballet” at 9:45 on summer Sunday mornings (in front of the Fairmont Empress). Hmm. Not so graceful, but an experience, all the same.