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How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

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How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

My cruise ship will be in Victoria on June 20, 2014. What is the best way to get to Butchart Gardens?

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1. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

1. how much time do you have?

2. best way is not always the cheapest....so do we rule out taxis? what is your budget?

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2. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

It's a good distance north of Victoria....there are no excursions being ran by the cruise company?

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3. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

how many are in your group? if you have 4 or more the best way would be with a private tour company in Victoria. They pick you right up at the cruise ship terminal, they are experienced guides, know the history of the city, and always return on time. Ship tours are always more expensive.

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4. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

You can find one under "Things to Do" then "Sightseeing tours". Alternatively, there are always many vans, limos waiting at the Cruise Ship terminal that you can hire, not expensive if you are sharing with a few.

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5. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

By the time you get organized for transfer, Butchart will amount to 40-45 min away, then back after. Suggested visit time 1-2 hours. Butchart will be open until 10 pm.

Norwegian Line will be in port 14:30-21:30

HAL from 18:00-24:00

Princess from 19:00-24:00

CVS Tours will have shuttles meeting the cruise ships:

cvstours.com/victoria-cruiseship-tour-pickup…

A one way taxi will cost about $55 + tip. You might go on to Cruise Critic, register as a user, find the roll call for your ship and post a want ad for another 2 people to share a taxi.

The Norwegian ship is the only one with long enough port time to risk taking an independent trip to Butchart. Take the ship's excursion if you are on one of the other Lines.

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6. Re: How to get to Butchart Gardens from a cruise ship.

Actually the private limos and vans regularly take passengers from cruise ships arriving in the evenings to the Butchart Gardens and always return them on time. They park right at the cruise ship and take you right there, wait for you while you enjoy the gardens and return you right back to the ship. They guarantee passengers are returned on time!

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