Vancouver Airport Transportation
As with any airport, Vancouver Airport is only a short stop on the journey to Vancouver or wherever the final destination may be. There are plenty of options for getting on the road and continuing the trip with a wide range of public and private transport available.
Renting a car is the easiest way to get around, giving you the freedom to explore and travel at your own speed and on your own schedule, stopping where you like to see the view and smell the roses. Car rental companies can be found on the ground floor of the parkade, a short walk from the terminal building. There are a number of international car rental companies with offices there, and others are located off-site, often with shuttle or meet-and-greet services available. It is recommended you book online before arrival to ensure you will have a vehicle waiting.
For a short trip, try a taxi from the taxi stands located outside the terminals. These are harder on the wallet but very convenient, and work well for groups of 2 or more who can split the cost. A trip into downtown Vancouver will run somewhere between $30 and $40. Limousines and town cars are also available at a higher cost.
Courtesy shuttles are offered by a number of Vancouver and Richmond hotels, so if you are booked into a hotel, check whether they can arrange your transport to and from the airport. There are phones to call the hotels on Arrivals Level 2 of both the International and Domestic terminal areas, and also at the shuttle bus pick-up area at both terminals.
Long-distance scheduled bus services make it easy to get to the tourism hotspots in the area. The YVR Whistler SkyLynx bus connects the airport to both Whistler and Squamish, popular ski resorts in British Columbia. Tickets can be purchased at the SkyLynx counter of Pacific Coach in the International Terminal. Departures are frequent. Pacific Coach Lines also offer a bus service to Vancouver Island, inclusive of the ferry to the island. QuickShuttle connects passengers with Bellingham, Everett and Seattle in Washington State, across the border in the United States, and also has a counter in the International Terminal where you can buy tickets.
Public transportation is mercifully simple at Vancouver Airport, particularly if it is just a question of getting into the city. The SkyTrain’s Canada Line offers fast connection to Vancouver and Richmond- a trip to downtown takes less than half an hour and costs less than $10. The airport station is located between both terminals and all trains are wheelchair accessible.