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Getting To & Around Vancouver


Where is Vancouver?

3hrs from Seattle on I-5/Hwy99, 10hrs from Banff, 12hrs from Calgary, 3.5hrs by ferry/bus from Victoria and Nanaimo

Coach, Rail, Ferry & Tours

Greyhound   Pacific Central Station (1150 Station St, 800-661-8747) from Seattle ($20+, 4hrs), from Calgary ($88Cn, 15hrs)  
Amtrak/Via Rail   Pacific Central Station (1150 Station St) from Seattle ($30+, 3.5hrs)
Moose Travel Network   Chinook tour starts in Banff, ends in Vancouver. 2 to 19 day West hop on/off tours start from Vancouver and explore BC in depth (604-297-0255)
Ferry   to/from Vancouver Island leave from Tsawwassen Terminal (BC Transit bus 601 to 620) or from Horseshoe Bay Terminal (BC Transit bus 250/257). Both terminals are about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ferry costs $13Cn one-way

From the Airport

Vancouver International Airport is located about 10 miles south of downtown Vancouver. The cheapest way to get to downtown Vancouver from the airport is by public bus. Fares vary from depending on the destination and time of day.
Public Transport   Translink bus #424 to #98B to Burrard Station ($3.75Cn peak, $2.50 off-peak)
Shuttle   Airporter bus, every 15-30 minutes, $13.75Cn o/w, $21.50Cn r/t
Taxi   $23-26Cn

Getting Around

BC Transit   Vancouver’s public transport system includes buses, skytrains and seabuses and operates all services from 5am to 12:30 am. Fares are $2.50 for 1 zone, $3.75 for 2 zones and $5 for 3 zones. Day passes cost $9. Exact fare is required. After 6:30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays, the fare is only $2.50 to any zone. The Skytrain runs between Waterfront Station and the King George Highway in Surrey (about 30 miles south of Vancouver) between 5am and 1 am. The Seabus is a 12-minute ferry ride that connects Waterfront Station with Lonsdale Quay in the North Shore across the harbor. (604) 953-3333
BC Ferries   Ferries to Vancouver Island, Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands leave from two Vancouver terminals, Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay, each 45 minutes outside of downtown Vancouver. Crossing times are 90 minutes and there is frequent service daily. Costs between $4.05 and $13.75. (888) 223-3779

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