Getting around Vancouver: Car hire, island ferry and public transport guide

See all of Vancouver with easy and affordable options to get around the city.

Vancouver is an extremely walkable city and is great for those who love the outdoors.

Most major tourist attractions are within walking distance of one another. For those who wish to get to the hot spots quicker, the public transportation system provides an affordable and easy way to get close to all the top locations.

There is also the hop-on hop-off trolley that takes guests to all of the city’s main attractions.

Vancouver car hire rental companies

There are options to hire a car from Vancouver International Airport and drive one-way to Whistler. This is a popular option as a car can be rented both ways with 24-hours to get from Vancouver to Whistler and vice versa. This saves money as you won’t have to pay for the car rental while in Whistler, which is small and very walkable.

Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar Thrifty and Zipcar service the Vancouver International Airport. Use DriveNow to compare prices and find the best deal.





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Vancouver island ferry

BC Ferries connects mainland British Columbia to Vancouver Island. The ferries depart from Tsawwassen Terminal in Vancouver and arrive at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal on Vancouver Island. One-way fares are CAD$17.20

Vancouver public transport

Types of transport: Public transportation in Vancouver is serviced by TransLink and uses SkyTrains, buses and seabuses.

Paying for transport: For SkyTrains and seabuses a Compass card or ticket must be used. They are available for purchase at Compass vending machines that are located at every entrance. On buses Compass cards, tickets or exact cash can be used. Fares range in price depending on which zones you are travelling in.

Getting to and from the airport: The Canada Line is the rapid transit train that connects Vancouver Airport to downtown Vancouver in 30 minutes. It is located between the international and domestic terminals.

Best apps for getting around: ezRide Vancouver is a free app that gives real-time predictions of bus arrival, helps to plan trips, allows you to see where the bus is and view itineraries and schedules offline.

Taxis and Uber

  • Taxi: Taxis can be hailed from the curb, called or pre-booked.
  • Uber: Uber is currently not available in Vancouver.

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Airport transfers

Book an airport transfer that will take you between Vancouver International Airport and the city centre quickly and with ease.

Private transfer from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport
Private transfer from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport


Private arrival transfer to Downtown Vancouver
Private arrival transfer to Downtown Vancouver


Vancouver airport to Whistler

For a stress-free option to get to Whistler, book a transfer directly from Vancouver International Airport.

Private transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler
Private transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler


Coach transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler
Coach transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler


Whistler public transport

Types of transport: BC Transit serves Whistler and the surrounding areas by bus.

Paying for transport: Fares are CAD$2.50 per trip and must be paid for in exact cash when boarding. A day pass can be purchased for CAD$7 at ticket vendors across the town.

Getting to and from the airport: Direct shuttle services are available to and from Vancouver International Airport. The cost is CAD$64 one-way. Car rentals, direct private transfers and helicopter transfers are also available.

Best apps for getting around: There are currently no apps for public transportation in Whistler.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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