There are unlimited transportation options for getting to and around Vancouver. Choose the one that is right for you, whether it is by air, train, bus, water, or car.
The Vancouver International Airport serves over 15 million passengers annually. It has been repeatedly rated as one of the top 10 airports in the world! Serving more than 40 airlines and operating 17 international and 22 U.S. scheduled flights a day; there are limitless options in flying to Vancouver. Check domestic air services
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If you are travelling by car, take your time. Stop along the way. Explore the countryside. Getting to and around Vancouver by car is quite easy. The city is easily accessible, and you can enjoy spectacular views! Highway 1 - the Trans-Canada Highway - provides access to Vancouver from the East. If you'd like to do a driving tour of Canada, allow 12 hours from Calgary and 5 days from Montreal. Vancouver is only 3 hours north of Seattle. Take the Interstate 5, which becomes Highway 99 at the United States-Canada border.
If you are coming by bus, take the scenic route. Relax and leave the driving to someone else. Greyhound Lines serve Vancouver from numerous cities in the United States and Canada. In Canada, call 604-482-8747 or 1-800-661-8747; in the United States, call 1-800-231-2222.
There is also a "Quick Shuttle" service between Seattle and Vancouver. In Canada, call 604-940-4428; In the United States, call 1-800-665-2122.
If you are coming by water, consider traveling to Vancouver Island, cruising to Alaska, or simply enjoying fresh air and views of the city. Sailing on the spectacular Pacific Ocean is a highlight of visiting the city!
BC Ferries provides regularly scheduled passenger and vehicle service between Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and other parts of coastal British Columbia. Cruise ship facilities at Canada Place serve as a departure point for major cruise lines traveling to Alaska. There are more than 250 cruises each year from the middle of May to early October.
Traveling by train is sightseeing at its finest. From the comfort of the observation lounge or dining car, relax and enjoy the beauty of British Columbia. Pacific Central Station is the terminus for transcontinental passenger rail and bus service, located at the intersection of Main and Terminal Streets in downtown Vancouver.
VIA Rail offers transcontinental service from Toronto via Jasper arriving at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station three times a week. Contact your travel agent for reservations or call 1-800-561-8630.
Rocky Mountaineer Tours provides two 4-day train trips through the stunning Rocky Mountains between British Columbia and Alberta.
Amtrak Cascades (1-800-872-7245) offers one round-trip between Seattle and Vancouver every day, departing Vancouver in the evening.
Getting around Vancouver on foot:
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Attractions, shopping, outdoor activities - everything you want to do and see in Vancouver is easily accessible - within walking distance, a short drive, quick ferry ride or convenient trip using the local transit system.
The Vancouver transit system, TransLink, consists of a network of buses and several unique transportation services such as the SeaBus and SkyTrain. TransLink provides transit services that cover over 1,800 square kilometers of the Greater Mainland of Vancouver. Getting around the city is convenient, everything is easily accessible, and passengers can often enjoy beautiful views of the city!
BC Ferries offers departure from two Vancouver mainland ferry terminals: Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay. They provide access to Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. Tsawwassen, approximately 45 minutes south of downtown Vancouver, provides services to Victoria, Nanaimo and the Southern Gulf Islands. Horseshoe Bay, about 45 minutes north of Vancouver, offers services to Nanaimo, Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast. Ferries run every one to two hours depending on the season. Please see below for contact information pertaining to current scheduling and fare reports. For up-to-date fare and schedule information, visit www.bcferries.bc.ca or call BC Ferries at 250-386-3431.
Getting to the Airport:
The Vancouver International Airport is serviced by the Vancouver Airporter Shuttle, charter bus companies, TransLink buses, as well as taxi and limousine services. Rental cars can be dropped off at the airport, and there is ample parking for private vehicles.