Getting to and from the Vancouver International Airport

A Guide for Getting to and from the Vancouver International Airport

Skytrain Bridge and Patullo Bridge, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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The Vancouver International Airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from downtown Vancouver.

YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada, welcoming 20.3 million passengers in 2015, including arriving, departing and connecting travelers. In such a bustling airport, having a plan to get to where you're going can save a lot of hassle. 

Getting to or from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from downtown Vancouver is about a 20-minute car ride and not much more by public transport thanks to the Canada Line, a monorail-type train that is part of Vancouver's efficient and reasonably priced public transportation system.

 You can conveniently access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals and get to various locations in and around Vancouver.

Vancouver is a progressive town with a commitment to sustainable living - maybe more so than anywhere else in Canada and its commitment to excellent public transport is part of its green charm.

Nevertheless, if private transport is more your speed, lots of other options are available. 

Getting to & from downtown Vancouver

  • Public Transit: The Canada Line has made getting to and from the Vancouver International  Airport by public transportation easy and affordable. This rapid rail service connects Metro Vancouver's busiest north-south corridor, linking downtown to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport. As of 2017, an adult fare from YVR to downtown Vancouver is about Cdn $7 to $10 depending on the time of day and age of the traveler. Access to the Canada Line is from within the airport terminal.
  • Taxis: Taxis servicing the Vancouver International Airport follow a set-rate fare zone system for reliable pricing. A taxi ride from the airport to central Vancouver takes about 30 mins and costs Cdn $26 (as of 2017). Set fares to other Vancouver locales range between $20 and $41. A $3 to $10 tip on top of this is standard. Taxi fares to the airport are based on the meter and from downtown Vancouver, including from the cruise ship terminal, are about $35.

Getting to Whistler 

Options for getting to Whistler from the airport include renting a car, reserving a limousine or taking the YVR Whistler SkyLynx. See detailed options for transportation between Whistler and the Vancouver International Airport.

Getting to the Cruise Port Terminal

Vancouver's Cruise Port Terminal is in central downtown, so just follow the directions above for getting to and from downtown Vancouver and the airport.

Getting to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

Public transportation between the Tsawwassen ferry, which departs for Nanaimo and Victoria, requires taking the bus and Skytrain. You should allow at least an hour and a half for the journey. 

A taxi will take about 30 minutes and cost about $60. 

Getting to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

Public transportation between the Horseshoe Bay ferry, which departs for Nanaimo, The Sunshine Coast, and Bowen Island, requires taking the bus and Skytrain. You should allow two hours for the journey. 

A taxi will take about 45 minutes and cost about $75 to $90.