Getting to Downtown Vancouver from Vancouver International Airport

You just arrived in Vancouver and want to get to your hotel as quickly as possible, drop of your baggage, and get to exploring. Truthfully, there aren’t many options but here are the best ways to get from YVR to Vancouver’s downtown.

Canada Line

The Canada Line was built in 2010 for the Vancouver Olympics. It’s probably the best way to get from the airport to the downtown core. It stops in Olympic Village, Yaletown, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront. If you’re staying downtown, one of these four stops will be it. To use the Canada Line costs $2.95 for adults and $1.90 for seniors and children. If you’re staying in Vancouver for a while, consider spending $6.00 on a Compass Card that you can reload at any time. The Compass Card can also be used on the Millennium Line, which takes you through Burnaby, a popular suburb of Vancouver. There are signs inside the airport directing you to the Canada Line both in the international and domestic terminals. You’ll have to step outside and cross the street to get there. The one downside is the Canada Line doesn’t run past 1AM. It starts back up just before 5AM.



Unfortunately, Vancouver doesn’t have Uber, so your next best bet is a good old fashioned taxi. It’s a flat fee of $35 from YVR to downtown Vancouver. This is a great option if you don’t want to struggle with all your baggage on public transportation.

Car Rental

Renting a car in Vancouver is a great option if you want to do a bit of exploring. The downtown core is quite small, so having a car will allow you to explore all around Vancouver and the North Shore. Price of car rentals all depend of your age, length, and type of car you choose. Check any of the popular car rental companies for rates.

To summarize, using the Canada Line is your best and cheapest option if you arrive before 1AM. If you don’t make it by then, taking a taxi is another option that isn’t wildly expensive. If you want to explore a bit past the downtown core, consider renting a car.