Getting Here

getting here


> View our Maps section for additional information about traveling within and around Vancouver.

> For information on road conditions within BC, contact BC Ministry of Transportation at 604.660.9770 (Vancouver) or visit


If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America.There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States. For an estimate of how long it might take to fly to Vancouver, see our international flying times map in our map section.

> Check domestic air services

> How long does it take to fly to Vancouver? See our Flight Time Estimates (PDF).

> See Getting to/from the Airport for additional information if departing via Vancouver International Airport.

Car & RV

Take your time. Stop along the way. Explore the countryside. Getting to and around Vancouver by car is easily accessible, with spectacular views!

Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, accesses Vancouver from points east. If planning a driving tour, allow 12 hours from Calgary and five days from Montreal. Vancouver is only three hours north of Seattle. Take the Interstate 5, which becomes Highway 99 at the United States-Canada border.

> Check car and RV rentals

> See Maps for additional information about traveling within and around Vancouver.


Take the scenic route. Relax. Leave the driving to someone else.

Greyhound Lines serves 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.

> Check coach lines


Whether traveling to Vancouver Island, cruising to Alaska, or simply enjoying the views and fresh air, sailing on the spectacular Pacific Ocean is a highlight of visiting Vancouver!

BC Ferries provides regularly scheduled passenger and vehicle service between Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and other parts of coastal British Columbia.

For reservations with BC Ferries: From Victoria or outside of British Columbia call 604.444.2890; from anywhere else in British Columbia call 1.888.724.5223. Visit them online at

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 mid-May to early October-by 22 different ships.

> Check ferry services

> Check cruise ship companies

See Boat Trips for information on local charters.


Sightseeing at its finest. From the comfort of the observation lounge or dining car, relax and watch the beauty of BC.

Pacific Central Station is the terminus for transcontinental passenger rail and bus service, located at Main and Terminal Streets in downtown Vancouver.

VIA Rail has transcontinental services 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-four day train trips through the stunning Rocky Mountains between BC and Alberta.

Amtrak Cascades (1.800.872.7245) offers one round-trip per day between Seattle and Vancouver that depart Vancouver each evening.

Coming from Oregon or Washington?
Try taking the train. See the Pacific Northwest up close on Amtrak Cascades. With daily multiple roundtrips from Eugene,OR and Vancouver; you can sit back, relax and watch the scenery roll by - like one postcard after another.

> Check rail companies


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