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Getting To and Around Vancouver

How to get to Vancouver

If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes (approximately 11 miles) from Downtown Vancouver, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States.

For more information on how to get to Vancouver by car, bus, water or train, please visit: www.tourismvancouver.com/micro-go/getting-here

How to get from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver
  • Canada Line

    From Vancouver International Airport you have the possibility of taking the Canada Line. This is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail link connecting YVR to Downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes.
    The Canada Line runs every 7 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. They operate from approximately 05:00 to 01:00. The closest station to the Vancouver Convention Centre is Waterfront.

    You can pay your fare at the ticket machines located at the stations. Fares are determined by the number of zones you travel through and the time of day.

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  • Taxi

    Travel time is between 20 and 45 minutes depending on traffic. Metered taxis, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International arrivals area.

    A trip to the city center/downtown area will amount to approximately $35, including tax but excluding gratuity.  Taxis also accept credit cards.

Getting Around Vancouver
  • Public transport

    The Vancouver transit system, TransLink, is made up of a network of buses and unique services such as the SeaBus and SkyTrain. TransLink provides transit services covering over 1800 square kilometres of the Greater Mainland of Vancouver - getting around the city is convenient, easily accessible and often provides beautiful views of the city!

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  • Taxi

    Taxis can be found throughout the city, and traffic in Vancouver is generally well-managed. You can estimate your fare using the Taxi Fare Finder or Taxiwiz.

City Maps


Information Services

Vancouver Visitor Centre
Located Downtown, just steps away from the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Address:   999 Canada Place (temporary location), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 3L6
Phone:   +1 (0) 604 683 2000
Email:   [email protected]
Website:   www.tourismvancouver.com/micro-vancouver/visitor-centre
Opening Hours:   08:30 - 18:00 daily