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Getting To Whistler, BC

By car

Whistler is connected to the rest of British Columbia by the Sea To Sky Highway (Highway 99), a beautiful but windy and, at times narrow, road. The highway was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics and is now much safer compared to the past, when it had a slightly dangerous reputation, but care should still be taken when driving, especially in winter conditions. The section along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish is probably one of the most scenic routes to be found anywhere. Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. There are a number of rideshare sites available where you can find people to share the drive or find a ride for anything from $0 to $20.

Driving Directions

To Whistler from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Unfortunately there's no direct highway access to Whistler from leaving the airport so get ready for a scenic tour of downtown Vancouver and beyond.

  • Drive east out of the airport on Grant McConachie Way
  • Follow Highway 99 North signs over the Arthur Lang Bridge onto Granville Street
  • Follow Granville Street north crossing the Granville Street Bridge
  • Shift to the far right lane of the bridge and take the Seymour Street exit
  • Follow Seymour Street north until Georgia Street
  • Turn left onto Georgia Street
  • Georgia Street takes you through Vancouver's lovely downtown core heading west, through Stanley Park and over the majestic Lions Gate bridge
  • Exit the bridge on the Marine Drive West turnoff
  • Shift to the far right lane once on Marine Drive
  • Take the first right onto Taylor Way
  • Travel up the hill and turn left onto Highway 1
  • Follow the signs and take Exit 2 (just before the ferry terminal) to Whistler Hwy 99
  • The town of Squamish is 40 minutes north of Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal - a great place to have a rest break
  • Whistler is 40 minutes north of Squamish

 

By bus

Greyhound Canada offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Greyhound allows bicycles unboxed on this route. They charge $10 for a bicycle. A bus ride generally takes 2-2.5 hours each way. $28 one-way.

Pacific Coach Lines Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler SkyLynx service. 12 daily departures in winter and 7 other times. $51.45/$26.25 one-way (adult/child).

By taxi

Whistler's taxi companies provide taxi service from Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to Whistler for aprox. $255. This is often the more affordable option for a family.

If a number of people are travelling together it is possible to go by Limo for $350-400 with room for between 6 and 10 people.

By plane

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the nearest major airport; from there, you can rent a car, take a bus or book one of the Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall but to ensure the shortest possible time between arrival and departure by bus, reservations are recommended. Call us for assistance at 1-866-944-7853.

Visitors arriving from the United States may find flying domestically to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and taking bus services across the border to be a cheaper option. The bus journey will be upwards of 5 hours. Quick Shuttle offers bus services.

Helijet, offers helicopter service from the airport for around $200 per person each way.

Whistler Air flys float planes from Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver to Green Lake at the north end of Whistler. A 5 minute drive to the village.

By train

Whistler Mountaineer offers once daily train service between North Vancouver and Whistler between May and October. This is not the fastest or the cheapest option but as the train travels slowly so passengers can take in the view, it is possibly the most relaxing and scenic. One-way tickets cost $120 for economy and $200 for the Glacier Dome car.

With the completion of the many upgrades to Highway 99, getting to Whistler from Seattle and Vancouver has never been faster or easier.

Enjoy the convenience of picking up your pre-paid rental car at the airport and take a few moments to stop along the way to take photos or have a quick meal.

If you prefer not to drive, book your seat on one of the Pacific Coaches or a chartered limo and sit back and relax as you take in the incredible views along the Sea to Sky - one of North America’s most scenic highways.

 

Planning ahead is the key to a successful trip to Whistler. Contact one of our experienced reservation agents and they will be pleased to take care of all your transportation needs.

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