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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 road offering up some of the most spectacular views in the country. The Sea To Sky Highway was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics and now offers a well marked, well maintained road. Please note that care should be taken when driving the Sea To Sky Highway in winter conditions, during the winter months all b=vehichles are required to have either snow tires or carry chains. 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.

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

Rates vary for children, students and adults, $25 - $87. You may choose either a one way or return fare.
Greyhound Canada offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Current rates can be found at: https://www.greyhound.ca/en/WinterSpecials/Whistler/Rates.aspx.

Pacific Coach Lines (http://www.pacificcoach.com/) Runs multiple times per day direct from either the Vancouver airport or downtown Vancouver to Whistler Village with their YVR-Whistler SkyLynx service.

By taxi

Whistler's taxi companies provide taxi service from Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to Whistler for aprox. $295. 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 aprox. $375 and up 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 many Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall at YVR 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 (Outside North America call 1-604-938-8810).

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 to downtown Vancouver but you would then require to take another shuttle from Vancouver to Whistler, see "By Bus" above for options.

By train

Rocky 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.  Details may found at http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA_BC/routes_and_packages/whistler_route/sea_to_sky

 

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