Vancouver Island

The Butchart Gardens Express Shuttle

Victoria, Canada

From $38.09

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Take a sweet-smelling stroll through Victoria’s famous Butchart Gardens, spanning 55 acres (22.2 hectares) of beautifully designed flower beds, lily ponds, footbridges, and thematic landscapes. With a convenient pickup location and a flexible return shuttle schedule, it’s an easy way to experience one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Visit during summer or holiday season evenings to witness special luminous displays that add an extra touch of enchantment to the gardens.
  • Explore the famous Butchart Gardens at your leisure
  • Stroll through the diverse landscapes and beautifully designed floral displays
  • Includes shuttle service from downtown Victoria with a choice of departures and return times throughout the day
  • Don't miss the evening illuminations and fireworks in the summer months
  • Take the Holiday Lights tour for some seasonal cheer

What's Included

  • Only Transportation
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria
    721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada

    Please proceed to the Sightseeing Victoria Kiosk, on the sidewalk in front of the Fairmont Empress hotel. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your tour start time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Butchart Gardens

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Butchart Gardens offers wheelchair hire for a fully refundable $10 deposit. If a passenger is in their own collapsible wheelchair, but not completely confined to it and are able to board the bus unassisted, the chair can be stored as luggage. If a passenger is confined to a wheelchair, please advise at time of booking and wheelchair access will be requested.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Go early in the day however, as it becomes very crowded.
Make sure you see the Empress Hotel while your there.


457 reviews
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Solo Traveling no car rental good option
SONALI_S, Jun 2023
On time departure convenient way of transportation to and from the Butchart garden. Departs right in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria. The city bus 75 also goes to Butchart garden and departs in front of the nearby Parliament building but there is no guarantee that you will get a seat as it is too crowded. If you are lucky to find a seat or else you have to stand for 40 minutes so I booked this bus at least a seat is guaranteed. Good for solo traveling if you don't want to drive or rent a car
Not honest, with the description of what you get
Sheila_F, May 2023
Your description lead travelers to believe that the tour of the gardens was included in the ticket price, which, indeed it was not! And caused quite a difficult time getting into the gardens, and the times for the scheduled shuttle were horribly different than told we were expecting to leave by 9:30 when indeed, the shuttle bus left at 9 AM and needed to wait another hour for the next one. we then had to purchase garden tickets and pay an extra cost at the gate which we were not prepared to do. Very disappointed in the misleading, and will not be using your services again.
Lovely staff, it was a ...
Marlene_L, May 2023
Lovely staff, it was a beautiful bus tripe with our lovely tour guide and bus driver Joe to Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Thank you
Not as advertised
Teddy_D, May 2023
The description noted a choice of departure & return times throughout the day. In fact there was one departure & one return time, which didn’t leave adequate time to explore the gardens.
Shuttle to Butchart
Darryl_S, May 2023
Great information from the bus driver about Victoria and the gardens. The garden is beautiful! Plus it was a more budget friendly way to get to the garden.
Stunning and a DO NOT Miss!
Regina_R, May 2023
The gardens were stunning. It lived up to all the hype. I went early and was glad as a lot of people were coming into the gardens at 12:30pm.
Enjoyable & educational
Sandy_K, May 2023
The Gardens were beautiful & smelled wonderful. Very clean well maintained. Staff was friendly & helpful.
Great tour to Butchart!
Roman_H, May 2023
Our shuttle driving was great! He had so many facts about Victoria and definitely wasn’t expecting to hear a tour on the way to the gardens. 10/10!
Butchart Gardens
DEBORAH_W, May 2023
Beautiful! Highly recommend! Great bus driver! Amazing that this beautiful garden was possible in this quarry.
Butchart Gardens
Cynthia_M, May 2023
Such a wonderful experience, Butchart Gardens is so beautiful & Iis something that shouldn't be missed.
Great Experience to the Butchart Gardens.
Magdalene_S, May 2023
Great experience. Do note that this shuttle service does not include entrance fees to the garden. However you may our hase the garden entry ticket at the umbrella booths where you are supposed to assemble before departure. Try to go on the earlier bus as it gets warm in the mid afternoon and you probably may like to have some time to shop at the gift shop. I personally like this shuttle service as it provides some commentary about Victoria along the hour long ride. N the driver was friendly and has a sense of humour. These makes the use of this shuttle service a pleasant one.
Missed opportunity
saavy5, Apr 2023
I wish we could have taken this tour. It was spring in Victoria and everything was in bloom. We scheduled this tour thinking our cruise ship arrived early in the morning. We realized our error 23 3/4 hours before our tour began. I immediately notified both the tour operator and Viator. As of now, we have not had any resolution to our situation. It looks like we are out the cost of this tour as well as the experience. Luckily we had a great time wandering on our own from the ship. Victoria is a wonderful place to visit!
Spending time with my mom...
Virginia_M, Sep 2022
Spending time with my mom walking through these beautiful gardens, making lifetime memories. Definitely a place to return to.
A satisfied tourist
Marla_C, Sep 2022
The bus driver/ guide was excellent. I didn’t know he would point out highlights and historical points of Victoria on the way to Gardens. He was extremely knowledgeable! Gardens we’re lovely and just the right amount of time allowed.
Carol_D, Sep 2022
A little confusing with the voucher vs ticket thing. Otherwise great trip. Drivers friendly clean buses. The hardens are worth the trip!
Amazing gardens. So many...
Steve_H, Aug 2022
Amazing gardens. So many beautiful flower displays. It was definitely worth the visit despite being a hay fever sufferer.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
The Butchart Gardens are truly amazing! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Ripped off by Viator!!!
Mike_D, Aug 2022
We loved the gardens but can’t understand why we paid $138 for two tickets when it only cost $38 for one!!!!?????
Absolutely beautiful,...
Michelle_C, Jul 2022
Absolutely beautiful, July the rose garden is in full bloom. Our bus driver was also wonderful, he was super knowledgeable about Victoria and funny!
Unfortunately we were...
Michael_N, Jun 2022
Unfortunately we were unable to complete our excursion to the Bouchard gardens are ship arrived late and then the border patrol or health department would not let us off on time so we were an hour and a half late getting off the ship so we missed our excursion altogether but we would certainly use you again you were always so helpful thank you so
Ridiculously complicated...
Linda_S, Jun 2022
Ridiculously complicated ticketing system. Better healthier food selection Gardens are beautifully maintained.

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