Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada in beautiful British Columbia, sandwiched between the swirling Pacific Ocean and the soaring Coast Mountains. Whether you fly, train or drive into town, it’s easy to get to Vancouver and the journey is all part of the experience.
Touch down at award-winning Vancouver International Airport. If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. In fact, for an unprecedented and record-breaking seventh consecutive year, YVR was named North America’s number one airport in the Skytrax World Airport Awards.
There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, including non-stop flights to Asia, Europe, the U.S., Mexico and other destinations within Canada. Air Canada offers the most non-stop flights of any carrier, as well as access from over 190 cities worldwide. New direct routes to Dublin, Chicago, and San Jose were launched this spring, and non-stop service to Delhi is coming this fall. For an estimate of how long it might take to fly to Vancouver, see our international flying times map in our map section. Popular routes include New York (5 ¾ hour-flight), London (9 ½ hour-flight), and Hong Kong (11 ½ hour-flight).
When you arrive at YVR, you are greeted by spectacular visual displays of award-winning art representing the culture heritage, natural beauty and iconic experiences found in Vancouver and British Columbia. Fun fact: YVR is also the first airport in the world to be Salmon-Safe Certified.
To get from YVR to downtown Vancouver, hop on the Canada Line rapid transit system. Built just prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Canada Line is an extension to Vancouver’s skytrain system. The clean and comfortable cars whisk travellers from YVR to downtown in less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi for a flat fare of $35 CDN, or opt for luxury and download the Ripe Rides app to travel in style in a black Cadillac Sedan ($60-70 CDN).
Ride the rails to Pacific Central Station. Make the journey part of the adventure by taking the train to Vancouver. Travel across Canada on VIA Rail’s transcontinental service running from Vancouver to Toronto (via Jasper) three times per week, year-round. If you’re heading to Vancouver from the U.S., consider the Amtrak Cascades route between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver (via Portland and Seattle). Pacific Central Station is the terminus for both VIA Rail and Amtrak trains, and is located just east of downtown Vancouver at Main and Terminal streets.
Make it a road trip and drive into town. For short-haul travel, driving into Vancouver is easy and lets you establish your own timetable for getting to and from the city. Vancouver is only three hours north of Seattle. Take the Interstate 5, which becomes Highway 99 at the United States-Canada border. The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) accesses Vancouver from points east. Allow four hours from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, 12 hours from Calgary, and five days from Montreal. Parking is available at most hotels and easy to find around most attractions. The EasyPark Parking App is especially handy for locating parking lots throughout the City of Vancouver.
Easy, right? We’ll see you in Vancouver!