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Some locals warn against renting a car for touring in Vancouver, their rationale being that Vancouver isn't any better than any other major city for parking. Additionally, some say, rates are higher than what they are in the U.S. — rates are lower at downtown rental locations than they are at the airport. Some have claimed to have obtained a car for only $13.99/day. That being the case, Vancouver is known for having very manageable traffic with few jam-ups over the course of a given day. Taxis are relatively cheap when compared with other major cities — and there are lots of them. A taxi between the airport and downtown is around $30 to $35, depending on traffic and time of day. To get a minimum estimate of what a taxi will cost from another location to a different destination, check out this website:
http://vancouver.taxiwiz.com/?lang=en. Note that fares may be higher for longer trips if there are significant traffic delays.
If you are planning on a car rental to travel to Whistler for a winter skiing holiday, you should be aware of the tactics of the airport car rental agencies. People often book a compact or mid-sized car at the airport and then the local car rental staff tell them that the highway to Whistler is very dangerous for winter driving. The client is advised to upgrade to a all wheel drive sport utility vehicle at a much higher cost ( i.e. more profit) for the trip. The Sea to Sky Highway (Sea to Sky Highway webcams) is a winding road with some slippery sections during snowfalls but the conditions are no different than normal winter driving in the rest of Canada and the northern United States. Car renters are well advised to save their money and stick with their original selection. You can then drive carefully to Whistler along with the thousands of Vancouver car drivers who make the trip every weekend. It's 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver to Whistler.
Keep in mind if you are traveling with a child that is under 9 years old and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall, they are required, by law, to be in a car seat except when in a taxi. In other words, children are not required to use a car seat while in a taxi — as crazy as that sounds! Make sure you book the car seat from the car rental company prior to your arrival. Hopefully there will be one available when you arrive. Most car rental companies say that they have seats available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also rent a car seat from a baby equipment rental company and that way it's guaranteed to be there and be clean! Contact www.travellingtykes.webs.com or www.weetravel.ca