Getting Here

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There are unlimited transportation choices in getting to and around Vancouver. Choose the one that's right for you:


Air

The Vancouver International Airport serves over 15 million passengers, and has repeatedly been rated as one of the top 10 airports in the world! Serving more than 40 airlines and operating 17 International and 22 US scheduled flights a day, there are limitless options in flying to Vancouver.

> Check domestic air services

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


Car

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.

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


Bus

Take the scenic route. Relax and 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.

Quick Shuttle zips between Seattle and Vancouver. In Canada call 604.940.4428; In the United States call 1.800.665.2122.


Water

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.

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. See our section on Cruises.


Train

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.