Butchart Gardens Express Shuttle

The world-famous Butchart Gardens: a wonderland of spectacular themed gardens, exotic plants, streams, ponds and fountains—sure to create a lasting impression!

Sightseeing Victoria offers flexible, round-trip transportation between downtown Victoria and the Butchart Gardens onboard our Express Shuttle. Your ticket grants access to any of our listed departures between Victoria and the Butchart Gardens so you can explore at your own pace and return when you like. Once you arrive, your ticket also includes admission into the Gardens for convenient access.

For those visiting Victoria in the Summer, see the Gardens in a different light as part of the Night Illuminations. Saturday nights in July and August also feature a dazzling Fireworks show that makes for a truly memorable evening. Sightseeing Victoria even extends our shuttle service on these nights to allow visitors to take in this amazing experience.

Butterfly Gardens Combo

Stop by the nearby Victoria Butterfly Gardens on the way for only added price of admission. Walk among hundreds of free-flying butterflies and explore the ornate and carnivorous plants, including an exquisite orchid display. This indoor tropical garden features flamingos, tropical fish, ducks, turtles, tortoises, birds and thousands of butterflies. New for 2017 is the Insectarium: experience impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world. Your jungle adventure awaits!

Saturday Night Fireworks

Experience: Only in the Summer, on Saturday nights

All ten summer Saturday nights feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling Firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes.

The Butchart Gardens firework shows began in 1977 and continue to be one of The Gardens’ most popular draws. Show times and dates vary from year to year, so please check next to our departure times during the Summer season for the detailed schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes from year to year. If you’d like to get a sense of what our firework shows are like have a look at postings on YouTube and Flickr.

After the show, linger a while to enjoy the Night Illuminations and a half-hour live recital from the rare Aeolian Pipe Organ situated in the loft of the Organ Pavilion.

Empress Hotel

Stop location: 721 Government Street

Victoria’s famous landmark hotel – the Fairmont Empress Hotel sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour and city centre of arts, entertainment and cultural attractions. This Vancouver Island resort is located in British Columbia’s capital city and features turn of the century architecture, classic beauty and an unrivaled location on the water. Tour […]

Butchart Gardens

Stop location: Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is one of the top tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia and ranked by USA Today, CNN and National Geographic as one of the top display gardens in the World.

Butterfly Gardens

Stop location: Victoria Butterfly Gardens

A vibrant jungle experience: intermingle with flamingos, tropical fish, ducks, turtles, tortoises, birds and thousands of butterflies! Introducing our Insectarium, experience impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world..

Route Schedules

Please select the schedule that applies to your travel plans.

February 1 - March 31, 2017 | November 1 - 31, 2017

Depart Empress Hotel Arrive at Butterfly GardensDepart the Butchart Gardens
12:00 PM12:35 PM*3:00 PM
* Guests will have 45 minutes at Butterfly Gardens and then be picked up by the same coach and taken to Butchart Gardens.

April 1 - 30, 2017 | October 1 - 31, 2017

Depart Empress HotelArrive at Butterfly GardensDepart the Butchart Gardens
10:00 AM10:35 AM*1:00 PM
2:00 PM2:35 PM*5:00 PM
* Guests will have 45 minutes at Butterfly Gardens and then be picked up by the same coach and taken to Butchart Gardens.

May 1 - June 14, 2017 | September 3 - 30, 2017

Depart from Empress HotelArrive at Butterfly GardensDepart the Butchart Gardens
9:00 AM
10:00 AM10:35 AM11:00 AM
11:00 AM11:35 AM12:00 PM
12:00 PM12:35 PM1:00 PM
1:00 PM1:35 PM2:00 PM
2:00 PM2:35 PM3:00 PM
3:00PM4:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:00 PM

June 15 - September 2, 2017

Depart Empress HotelArrive at Butterfly GardensDepart the Butchart Gardens2017 Fireworks Times
9:00 AMJuly 1st - 10:15 PM
10:00 AM10:35 AM11:00 AMJuly 8th - 10 PM
11:00 AM11:35 AM12:00 PMJuly 15th - 10 PM
12:00 PM12:35 PM1:00 PMJuly 22nd - 9:45 PM
1:00 PM1:35 PM2:00 PMJuly 29th - 9:45 PM
2:00 PM2:35 PM3:00 PMAugust 5th - 9:30 PM
3:00 PM3:35 PM4:00 PMAugust 12th - 9:15 PM
4:00 PM6:00 PMAugust 19th - 9:15 PM
5:00 PM8:00 PMAugust 26th - 9 PM
7:00 PM10:00 PM*September 2nd - 8:45 PM
* Departs 15 minutes after Fireworks if later than 10 PM (Saturday nights in July and August)

December 1 - 31, 2017*

Depart Empress HotelArrive at Butterfly GardensDepart the Butchart Gardens
2:00 PM2:35 PM†5:00 PM
4:00 PM7:00 PM
6:00 PM9:00 PM
* No service December 25th.
† Guests will have 45 minutes at Butterfly Gardens and then be picked up by the same coach and taken to Butchart Gardens.