Transportation Options*


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.

There are several options to go between YVR and downtown Vancouver, including scheduled coach transfers, limousine, taxi, car rentals and transit. See Getting to/from the Airport for additional information if arriving/departing via Vancouver International Airport.


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.


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


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

*Courtesy Tourism Vancouver