Vancouver International Airport
Vancouver International Airport is Canada's West Coast hub and the country's second-busiest airport, with 17 million passengers a year strolling through its three terminals.
The cheapest and fastest way to get into Vancouver is aboard the Canada Line rapid transit rail link, which runs downtown in 26 minutes. Trains leave the airport station every seven minutes from 4.50am to 1.05am. Single tickets cost C$1.75-C$3.50 plus C$5 for travelling to the airport, according to zone travelled. Buy them on the platform; a single fare permits 90 minutes of travel by bus, SeaBus or rapid transit.
Pacific Coach Lines offers YVR Whistler SkyLynx for transport to the ski resort (C$58-C$83 one way) and travel to Victoria (fares begin at C$38.95 one way depending upon destination); and QuickShuttle for the journey into Washington State and the U.S. (C$40.85 one way to downtown Seattle).
A metered cab service to central Vancouver operates 24 hours daily, taking roughly 25 minutes and costing around C$30-32. Ask the uniformed commissionaires at the taxi ranks outside both terminals for any special-needs assistance. If a few of you are travelling, an Aerocar limousine costs between C$43-C$77. Taxi and limo drivers expect a 10%-15% tip.
Cross the Arthur Laing Bridge and head north on Highway 99 (Granville Street) to reach central Vancouver. The drive downtown takes around 30 minutes. Cars can be hired from all the major rental companies on the ground floor level of the Parkade.