Getting from Vancouver to Whistler is straightforward as there is pretty much only one route. Several transportation options are available for this two and a half hour journey, including by bus, limo, and car or taxi.
How economical your journey is depends a lot on whether you can share the ride with other Whistler-bound folks. It may be in your interest to make friends on the plane.
Getting to Whistler by Bus
If you are on your own, probably the cheapest way to get to Whistler is by bus. Single one-way fares run from around CAD$40 to $60 as of 2017. Several companies offer scheduled bus service from the Vancouver Airport and downtown Vancouver. Some even offer day lift passes plus return transportation at reasonable rates:
- Greyhound offers its seasonal Ski Express service between Vancouver and Whistler Village.
- Pacific Coach's YVR-Whistler SkyLynx is the only bus transportation company with ticket counters located at the airport. The SkyLynx will also stop at downtown Vancouver hotels.
- Snowbus offers transportation between Whistler and Richmond, Vancouver, and West Vancouver during the ski season. From the Vancouver Airport, meet SnowBus at the Airport Station Bus Exchange next to the Delta airport hotel, a few minutes away by taxi. Snowbus also offers bus/lift ticket packages so you can hit the slopes the moment you arrive.
- Epic Rides will have you on the slopes by first run. Keeping it simple and affordable, Epic Rides offers one bus for Whistler in the morning and one return per day during the busy season.
HitchPlanet's HitchWhistler provides a web venue whereby drivers and hitchhikers can find each other and share in the cost of getting to Whistler and other destinations.
Getting to Whistler by Taxi
Taxis are available outside the Vancouver Airport and throughout the city and will cost about CAD$250. However, if you do want to take a taxi to Whistler, best to book ahead with Whistler Taxi. Whistler Taxi has the advantage of taxis that are equipped to take up to 6 people and their ski gear. Splitting a cab fare between several people turns taking a cab into a convenient and affordable option.
Getting to Whistler by Sedan / Limo
Aerocar offers service to Whistler by sedan and stretch limo. Rates are from about CAD$300.
Getting to Whistler by Car
Several car rental companies operate out of the Vancouver airport. There is one major route to Whistler - straight up Highway 99, better known as the Sea to Sky Highway, one of Canada's most scenic drives. Note that in winter, driving conditions can be challenging, so best have an experienced driver at the wheel.
Getting to Whistler by Train
Rocky Mountaineer is more an experience in itself rather than just a mode of transportation. Between May and October, the Whistler Mountaineer offers service between Vancouver and Whistler, offering stunning views of the Coastal Mountains and Howe Sound.
Getting to Whistler by Air
Whistler Air will fly you to Whistler (604-932-6615) by floatplane in about 30 min, between May and October. Expect to pay about CAD$280 each way (as of 2017).