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Transfer Options from Vancouver Airport to Whistler

Whistler, ranked the number one ski resort in North America and is famed for its beautiful mountain range and stunning views. Whistler is the perfect winter destination and is located in Western Canada’s British Columbia and 136 km away from Vancouver airport.

So when landing at Vancouver International Airport and you wish to make your way to Whistler’s powdery slopes, you have 2 travel options; you can either take a taxi or private shuttle or you can take a bus. Taking a Vancouver taxi or private shuttle is always the best option as they provide 24/7 door-to-door services. Your next, more cost-savvy option is to take a bus from Vancouver airport to Whistler.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Vancouver at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €225 110min 24/7
Shuttle Bus €53.80 180min 05:00–15:00

How to get from Vancouver Airport to Whistler by taxi

Choosing to take a taxi for your YVR to Whistler transportation is a great option. Taxis are a safe and reliable way to get to your destination and start your holiday hassle-free. Moreover, if you are travelling late at night, with children or with heavy luggage then taking a Vancouver airport cab is very convenient.

Taxi fare from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler

Taxis in Vancouver calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. For that reason, the fare can mount up quite quickly. A one-way journey from Vancouver airport to Whistler will cost around CA$325 (€225); this price does not include any tip nor does it include the airport toll fee of CA$3 (€2), payable by the passenger. However, prices do not vary during the day, night nor the weekend.

Nonetheless, if you prefer travelling at a competitive fixed price with no extra fees, then it is recommended to pre-book your private shuttle service and avoid any hassle.

Cost

CA$325 (€225)

Trip Duration

1 H 50 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Vancouver International Airport

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi ranks at Vancouver International Airport are located at the taxi stands on the second level of the Domestic and International Arrivals.

Convenience

Taking a Vancouver cab from YVR to Whistler is always the most convenient travel option. Not only are taxis available around the clock, but they also drop you off right in front of your Whistler hotel. No need to worry about your loved ones or your personal belongings, taxis will take care of everything.

Editor’s Note

Please note that any taxi leaving Vancouver airport will have to pay an airport toll fee of CA$3 (€2).

Useful Tips

It is customary to tip your taxi driver around 10 to 20% of your final fare.
All Vancouver taxis accept bank card payments, however, it is always recommended to check with your driver before starting your journey to Whistler.
As taxis to Whistler calculate their fare on a meter, it is recommended to travel at a fixed rate fare by booking your private transfer in advance.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Vancouver. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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How to get from Vancouver Airport to Whistler by shuttle bus

Another great option for those travelling on a budget is the direct shuttle bus. The shuttle is operated by SkyLynx and runs 4 times a day with a 3 hour travel time. Skylynx offers scheduled bus services available between Vancouver International Airport and Whistler Village.

How much is a ticket on the SkyLynx shuttle from Vancouver airport to Whistler?

A one-way ticket on the bus to Whistler costs CA$39 (€26.90) and CA$59 (€40.70) for a return and children aged 7 to 12 years old are offered a reduced price of CA$19.50 (€13.45) and CA$29.50 (€20.35) return.
You can book your tickets on the SkyLynx website or you can purchase your tickets upon arrival at the ticket counters located at Vancouver airport.

Cost

CA$39 (€26.90)

Trip Duration

3 hours

There are only four shuttle departures a day: 05:00, 08:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The SkyLynx shuttle is available daily from 05:00 to 15:00.

Where do I get it from?

You can check-in at the YVR Skylynx bus desk at the Domestic Terminal, Arrivals Level 2, and then you will need to head to the bus stop at Bus Bay “E” on Level 1.

Convenience

The SkyLynx shuttle from Vancouver airport to Whistler is a great travel option for those on a budget. Not only is the bus direct from the airport, but they also provide comfortable vehicles, free baggage space and amenities onboard. However, as buses do not provide door-to-door services, you will have to find your way to your Whistler hotel once in town. Moreover, there are only 4 shuttles that operate the “YVR to Whistler” route; if you land after 15:00 you will have to find another travel option.

Editor’s Note

Please note that there are special student and senior rates for BC Residents when tickets are booked in advance and that infants and toddlers under the age of 7 years old travel for free.

Useful Tips

Bear in mind that the SkyLynx shuttle only runs from Vancouver airport to Whistler 4 times a day (the last shuttle bus is at 15:00).
The SkyLynx shuttle buses provide on-board charging points, free Wi-Fi, toilets and comfortable seats.
It is highly recommended by the SkyLynx company to leave around two hours between flight arriving and YVR SkyLynx departure time.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Vancouver International Airport from Whistler?

YVR is located 136 km away from Whistler. It takes around 1 hour 50 minutes to reach by car or taxi.

How to get from Vancouver airport to Whistler?

There are two different transportation options to get from Vancouver airport to Whistler; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the SkyLynx shuttle bus.

How much is a taxi from Vancouver airport to Whistler?

Your taxi fare from Vancouver airport to Whistler will be based on a meter, with a one-way costing around CA$325 (€225); this price does not include any tip nor does it include the airport toll fee of CA$3 (€2), payable by the passenger.

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