A seaplane in front of the Parliament Building, Victoria BC

Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Itinerary Planner: Cheap Tickets + Local Tips

The Vancouver to Victoria seaplane is without a doubt the fastest way to travel between the two cities.

Unlike most commercial jet flights, it also leaves you with stunning scenery and unique memories beyond crying babies and faded ticket stubs (excuse the clichés).

That said, it’s also got the price tags to match! So let’s break it down to see if a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria is right for you.

Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane

In many ways, the Vancouver seaplane to Victoria is everything a normal flight between YVR and YYJ is not:

  • The ability to go ‘door to door’ from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria (convenience)
  • No annoying 90 minute advanced check in (time saved)
  • Free cancellation and free changes up to 24 hours before the flight (flexibility)
  • A maximum of 14 passengers (comfort)

The added value here is that these seaplane trips are popular tourist attractions in their own right, offering stunning scenery in addition to the convenience:

Naturally, any traveler planning a Vancouver itinerary with a bit of extra time should consider squeezing in a day trip to Victoria.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store on the seaplane flight:

But what about locals?

Let’s break down some reasons why you’d take a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria.

How Long is the Sea Plane Flight from Vancouver to Victoria?

As mentioned, the seaplane goes straight from downtown Vancouver to Victoria’s Inner Harbour in only 35 minutes – bringing you steps from Victoria’s top tourist attractions.

Here’s a quick time comparison between seaplanes and normal flights:

  • Vancouver to Victoria sea plane: 50 minutes (35 minute flight, 15 minute advance check in time)
  • Normal YVR to YYV flights: around 3 hours (25 minute flight, 90 minute advance check in, 54 minutes to get to downtown Victoria)

Also, if you’re living downtown or have booked one of Vancouver’s best hotels (all downtown) you’re also saving about 35 minutes getting to Vancouver Airport.

The Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre is just steps from Canada Place, the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Jack Poole Plaza

This is a huge time saver for busy business travellers and locals without a car. 

a vancouver to victoria seaplane flying over downtown vancouver with stanley park

Cost of Seaplanes from Vancouver to Victoria

The price of a single seaplane trip from Vancouver to Victoria is $243.00 CAD.

Free cancellation tickets can be booked using the orange button below:

Book My Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Tickets

If you find the $486.00 return price a bit steep, I recommend getting a one way sea plane ticket with a return bus package – at $336.24 you’ll save $150.24 in the process.

This way you get all the benefits of the thrilling Vancouver Victoria float plane without breaking the bank.

Is taking a sea plane worth it?

The average commercial jet base fare is around $200.00, though these prices can touch $300.00 in Vancouver in summer.

Jet prices can be cheaper, for sure.

That said, if you factor in the price of a Vancouver taxi to YVR ($30.00) and transit to get central in Victoria the gap closes.

Also, with the seaplane you’re getting free checked luggage, free cancellation, and free changes.

With jets you’ll pay a premium for these services:

In all, the float plane to Victoria is about the same price or slightly cheaper for the same service – without even factoring the value of their once in a lifetime experience flight.

Still on the fence? Feel free to read reviews of past seaplane travellers on the booking platform.

Prices a bit steep? Consider taking a Vancouver to Victoria bus package with ferry included for just $69.92 one way.

Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Schedule

In peak season you’ll find Vancouver to Victoria water plane departures leaving both cities every hour between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

In off season the planes take off from Vancouver at 1:30, 3:30, and 4:00 pm.

To ensure you get the right time it’s recommended to book ASAP, as there are only 14 passengers per flight.

I recommend booking Vancouver to Victoria seaplane tickets using GetYourGuide as it gives you free cancellation tickets, a buy now pay later option, and a great way to support this free resource 🙂


Vancouver Seaplane to Victoria FAQ

How much is a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria?

One way seaplane tickets from Vancouver to Victoria cost $243.00 CAD.

Is the harbour plane ride scary?

If you’re a comfortable flier on jets you should have no problem here. In fact, many guests even remark that they don’t even feel seaplane water landings.

Where is the Vancouver seaplane terminal?

The Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre is found in the downtown neighbourhood of Coal Harbour. It is just a short walk from Canada Place, the Cruise Terminal, Stanley Park, Gastown, and the Central Business District.

Where does the Vancouver to Victoria seaplane land?

Victoria’s Seaplane terminal is located in the city’s famed Inner Harbour – right across the street from the Empress Hotel, the Parliament Buildings and the Royal BC Museum. As soon as you deplane you’ll be ready to explore Victoria’s most popular attractions – no transport necessary.

Ready for a Seaplane Trip from Vancouver to Victoria?

I hope I’ve answered all your questions on taking a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria.

But it doesn’t have to end there.

If you’ve got any more specific questions about water planes to Victoria or anything else related to Vancouver, hit me up in the comments below!

Related: Victoria Seaplane Tours


I've lived in 5 countries and created content for travel websites like eDreams and Amex Essentials, but here I finally get to work my passion project - my hometown, Vancouver!

View stories

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *