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Need public transport options for an early departure from Victoria,BC airport (YYJ)

Old Oct 3, 11, 7:49 am
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Need public transport options for an early departure from Victoria,BC airport (YYJ)

Can anyone tell me what options I have to get from Victoria (Howard Johnson Hotel) to the airport for a 7am departure from YYJ - other than a taxi ($$$$$) ?
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Old Oct 3, 11, 8:10 am
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Originally Posted by MHG View Post
Can anyone tell me what options I have to get from Victoria (Howard Johnson Hotel) to the airport for a 7am departure from YYJ - other than a taxi ($$$$$) ?
http://www.victoriaairportshuttle.com/ is the only alternative assuming you're at the downtown HoJo (the Elk Lake one has a shuttle). There is only a token city bus service to YYJ and the earliest (05:51) dumps you 3/4 mile from the terminal. Not do-able.
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Old Oct 3, 11, 9:00 am
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Originally Posted by Wally Bird View Post
http://www.victoriaairportshuttle.com/ is the only alternative assuming you're at the downtown HoJo (the Elk Lake one has a shuttle). There is only a token city bus service to YYJ and the earliest (05:51) dumps you 3/4 mile from the terminal. Not do-able.
I already stumbled upon that operatorīs website but wasnīt sure if there are any other options.
But itīs ok since I consider 21,-$ as "bearable"
Do you know how reliable this operator is?

50-60,-$ for a taxi (as quoted on the resp. website) would sound a bit unjustifiable considering the flight costs me only about 100,-$ .
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Old Oct 3, 11, 11:17 am
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Do you know how reliable this operator is?
Pretty good I think, every time I fly into YYJ there is always one of their minibuses waiting. Never used them though.
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Old Oct 3, 11, 11:38 am
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I used AKAL a month ago for travel to and from the airport and they were fine. I don't know how early they start though, but the phone line for reservations opens at 4am I think.

You do need to book your trip from your hotel to the airport, they only stop at hotels when there is a scheduled pickup. Make sure you are early too, the operator told me the bus would be at the hotel at a certain time, and he was early. Picked me up and carried on, I don't think they wait around if you're late. I'd be in the lobby 15 min before the time they tell you.
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Old Oct 3, 11, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by Wally Bird View Post
Pretty good I think, every time I fly into YYJ there is always one of their minibuses waiting. Never used them though.
Thanks!
That gives a bit peace of mind ...

Originally Posted by Jagboi View Post
I used AKAL a month ago for travel to and from the airport and they were fine. I don't know how early they start though, but the phone line for reservations opens at 4am I think.

You do need to book your trip from your hotel to the airport, they only stop at hotels when there is a scheduled pickup. Make sure you are early too, the operator told me the bus would be at the hotel at a certain time, and he was early. Picked me up and carried on, I don't think they wait around if you're late. I'd be in the lobby 15 min before the time they tell you.
Iīll make sure to be a bit early in the lobby!
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Old Oct 13, 11, 2:40 pm
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Hopefully not too late to chime in, but a longtime user of AKAL here - both to/from YYJ. Being a budget traveler, IIRC, used city bus one time TO airport when I had extra time. And walking 3/4 miles is nothing for me with carryon only.

Call day or so before for pickup - never had a problem even with early departures. They sometimes use two busses in the city for pickup, then consolidate for trip to airport. Also seen it in reverse.

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Old Oct 13, 11, 2:46 pm
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Thanks for replies !

I have decided to use AKAL and will make sure Iīm not late for pick-up ...
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