You can discuss Vancouver with other travelers and locals on the official Vancouver Facebook fan page, operated by Tourism Vancouver: www.facebook.com/insidevancouver.   

Commercial Airlines

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which is located in Richmond, about half an hour from downtown Vancouver, receives many international and domestic flights every day.

If you have a layover of a few hours and want to visit downtown Vancouver, you can leave your luggage with CDS Baggage Storage (Tel 604-303-4519) or Priority Baggage at Vancouver International Airport. The cost is between C$3.50 and C$7 per bag.

Getting from the airport to downtown

  • Rental car :  Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty have counters inside the airport complex.  Discount and Enterprise offer shuttle services to their branches that are located close to the airport.      
  • Limousine:  
  • Aerocar is the offical limousine company operating out of YVR. It offers flat rate service from the airport to Vancouver and surrounding areas. Their current flat rates can be found on the YVR-Hired Sedans & Limousines page.
  • Taxi :  Taxis are plentiful, as there are 16 cab companies that serve Vancouver International Airport.   The ride from the airport to downtown takes approximately half an hour.  The cost is around $30-35.  
  • Courtesy Shuttle Buses:  Some hotels, mainly those that are located in the surrounding community of Richmond, offer courtesy shuttles to and from the airport. 
  • Public Transit:  TransLink  operates the Canada Line from the airport to the downtown core.  The trip takes about 26 minutes.  The cost is $3.75 Monday - Friday before 6:30 PM and $2.50 Monday - Friday after 6:30PM, Statutory Holidays and the weekend. http://www.translink.ca/en/Rider-Info... and http://www.canadaline.ca/aboutOvervie...  (There is now a $5.00 surcharge per person to take the train from the airport to Vancouver or Richmond.  This surcharge doesn't apply from Vancouver or Richmond to the aiport.)  More info at  Translink add fare page

Floatplanes

  • Harbour Air Seaplanes operates floatplanes from Richmond and from Vancouver Harbour to Victoria , Maple Bay and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, to Ganges on Salt Spring Island, and to Bedwell Harbour on North Pender Island.
  • Seair Seaplanes operates floatplanes from Vancouver Airport Seaplane Terminal to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and to Salt Spring Island, North Pender Island, Thetis Island, Saturna Island, Mayne Island and Galiano Island.

Note the strict luggage allowances of these floatplane services.

Helicopter

HeliJet operates helicopters from Vancouver International Airport and from Vancouver Harbour to Victoria Harbour on Vancouver Island.

Warning:  Be aware of HeliJet's strict luggage allowance.

Personal Car and Recreational Vehicle

Vancouver is situated at the mouth of the Fraser River and the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway and Hwy 99.

The Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) extends from coast to coast, linking Vancouver to major cities such as Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Sydney.  It traverses Newfoundland and Labrador. It often shares a provincial highway number along the way.

Highway 99 is multi-sectioned, the full length going from the CAD/US Border crossing at Peace Arch Park north to Cache Creek.  South of the border Hwy 99 becomes US Interstate 5, or I5 to Seattle and points south.

As Hwy 99, it goes from the border through Vancouver and Stanley Park to the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge in West Vancouver.  It becomes Hwy 99/Hwy 1 along the Upper Levels Highway from West Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay.  

From Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton, it is known as the Sea to Sky Highway as you pass through Squamish, Brackendale and Whistler to Pemberton.   It becomes the Duffey Lake Road from Pemberton to Lillooet and finally, as Hwy 99 again, it terminates at the intersection of Hwy 99 and Hwy 97 near Cache Creek.

Since Vancouver is on the west coast of Canada's mainland, you have to catch a ferry if you want to take your vehicle to Vancouver Island or to one of the Gulf Islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island.  Because of the fjords that cut into the mainland to the north of Vancouver, you also need to catch a ferry to reach the Sunshine Coast.    

Scheduled Buses

Greyhound connects Vancouver with numerous towns and cities in Canada.  It also links Vancouver and Seattle.

Quick Shuttle operates a bus service from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, downtown Seattle and Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, downtown Vanncouver, Cruise Ship Terminals and most major hotels. 

Hop On / Hop Off Bus

In the summer Moose Travel Network operates a hop on / hop off, flexible adventure bus tour service from Vancouver to Victoria , Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan Valley, the Canadian Rockies, and Eastern Canada

Guided Coach Tours

Companies that operate guided coach tours out of Vancouver include:

Water

Ferries

BC Ferries connects Vancouver with Victoria by means of its Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay route.  The company connects Vancouver with Nanaimo via the Tsawwassen - Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay routes.  BC Ferries' Horseshoe Bay - Langdale route connects Vancouver with the Sunshine Coast.  Horseshoe Bay also is the terminal for the ferry to Bowen Island

Ferry reservations are available; if you are travelling on a Friday throughout the year, or with an overheight or overlength vehicle (e.g. RV), then a reservation is recommended. Reservations can be made on the internet or over the phone up to 2 hours before the sailing. Only part of each sailing is reservable; the rest of the spaces ares available on a first-come first-served basis, so don't despair if you can't get a reservation for the desired sailing.

Cruises

From May to October, twelve cruise lines operate cruises from Vancouver to Alaska

If you want to do a day's sight seeing in Vancouver before or after your cruise, short-term luggage storage is available at Canada Place cruise terminal.  CDS Baggage provides storage services. Tel:  604-303-4500. (Hours of operation – 8:00am – 4:00pm on cruise ship days).  Most Vancouver hotels also store luggage, but check with your hotel ahead of time, just to be sure.

To find out where you can park your car while you're on your cruise, consult the parking page of Port Vancouver's website. 

Trains

VIA Rail trains depart three times a week for Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Toronto.  The service operates year-round.

From late April to early October, Rocky Mountaineer operates luxury trains to the Canadian Rockies.  The trains travel only during daylight hours so that passengers can enjoy the scenery along the entire route.  The two-day  journey breaks in Kamloops, where passengers spend the night in local hotels and motels.  The First Passage to the West carries on from Kamloops to Banff and Calgary, while the Journey Through the Clouds continues from Kamloops to Jasper.   

From mid May to late September, the Rocky Mountaineer operates a daily service (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) to and from the mountain resort town of Whistler.  In Whistler passengers have the option of connecting with the Rocky Mountaineer's two-day Rainforest to Gold Rush Route, which overnights in Quesnel and terminates in Jasper.

Amtrak's Cascades route connects Vancouver and Seattle by train twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.  Amtrak also operates buses between Vancouver and Seattle as does Quick Shuttle.

Related TripAdvisor Pages

 

Tourism Vancouver's website also has information on arriving and departing from Vancouver.