Vancouver Airport to Downtown

Maps, information and options for getting from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver on the SkyTrain and more.

Updated on November, 27 2019
Vancouver Airport SkyTrain Station
Vancouver Airport SkyTrain Station cc licensed photo by WriterGal39

There are numerous options for getting from Vancouver Airport to Downtown Vancouver, ranging from public transit to taxis and private limousine services. We outline the various options below, starting with our #1 recommendation: Vancouver SkyTrain - Airport to Downtown. It is less expensive and faster than a taxi or limo.

Vancouver SkyTrain - Airport to Downtown

Ever since the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver Airport transportation has been much easier, thanks to the Canada Line, an integral part the of Vancouver Skytrain System. Without transferring, you can get from Vancouver International Airport to Vancouver City Centre Station in just 24 minutes! The SkyTrain station is directly connected to the airport terminal. The modern air conditioned trains run along an elevated track and over a bridge before descending below grade for the rest of the trip into downtown Vancouver.

Canada Line trains operate at 6—7 minute intervals midday and peak hours, 12 minute intervals during the early morning and evening, dropping to 20 minutes as the night progresses. The first train departs YVR for Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver at 5:10 AM; the last, at 12:57 AM.

An additional $5.00 is added to single ticket fares from Vancouver Airport, but you can avoid this by purchasing a Compass Card and loading it with a day pass or stored value at the start of your trip.

Fares can be purchased from ticket vending machines at the station entrance or at the 7-Eleven or Pharmasave store located on Level 1 of the domestic terminal.

Major transfer points include Bridgeport Station where you can transfer to Richmond BC or take an express bus to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Station where you can transfer to the Expo Line or connect to the Seabus which crosses Vancouver Harbour to North Vancouver.

Getting from Vancouver Airport to Downtown by Taxi

There’s a continuous queue of taxis waiting outside the arrivals level at YVR that will take you downtown, or nearly anywhere else you may wish to travel. Getting from Vancouver Airport to downtown by taxi is more expensive than the Canada Line, however, the price per person goes down when sharing a cab with additional passengers, becoming comparable when three or more are sharing.  It will usually take longer than the train, except late at night when traffic is light.

Be sure to ask your driver up front if you can pay by credit card (unless you plan to pay with cash).  There are frequent reports of taxi drivers not accepting credit cards, even though they are supposed to.

Taxi Fares from Vancouver Airport to Downtown

Taxi fares from Vancouver Airport are regulated by a zone system with fares ranging from $20 to $41. Trips to downtown Vancouver fall near the top end of the range — between $31 and $35. Keep in mind it is normal etiquette in Vancouver to add a tip of about 10-20% on top of the required fare. Download a PDF Vancouver Airport Taxi Fare Zone Map.

Private Transfers and Limousine Service

If you prefer a private transfer in a luxury limousine or SUV, check out the services below. Keep in mind that the rates shown are per person, based on filling the vehicle and increase as the number of passengers drops. It’s a good idea to book at least 48 hours before your arrival.

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Coach Transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Downtown Victoria

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $77.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the quick and easy transfer from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Victoria aboard a comfortable coach. Select from multiple departure times and drop off locations to accommodate your schedule.

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Vancouver International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge

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From: $61.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Relax and refresh before your departure or in-between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport. Lounges are located in the international, domestic and USA terminals, giving you a chance to unwind no matter where you're flying. Recline in the sleek, contemporary departure lounge, and make use of first-class services and facilities including a shower room (international lounge only), delicious and comforting meals, high-speed Wi-Fi and private resting areas. Choose from a 2-, 3-, or 6-hour package to suit your schedule.

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Private Transport from Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

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From: $110.30 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Experience a luxurious, hassle-free transfer from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport (YVR), including a high-end vehicle of your choosing. Meet your driver at your hotel or private residence and receive the royal treatment as you're whisked away from your destination to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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Private Transport from Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

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From: $110.30 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Experience a luxurious, hassle-free transfer from Canada Place Cruise Terminal to Vancouver International Airport (YVR), including a high-end vehicle of your choosing. Meet your driver at the Cruise Port and receive the royal treatment as you're whisked away to the airport.

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Transfer in private vehicle from Vancouver Airport to North West Vancouver

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From: $56.06 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Book a private transfer from the Airport to your hotel or destination, service guaranteed once you make the booking. We will provide all information necessary to meet your driver at arrival. • Meet and greet • Private transfer • 60 minutes waiting time • 24 hours service (all day) • All costs included (taxes, fees, tolls, tips, etc…)

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UBER and Lyft: Not yet available in Vancouver

At this point in time, services such as UBER and Lyft are not allowed to operate in Vancouver, due to regulatory reasons. It is expected that UBER will begin service in September of 2019, but it will probably take a while for enough drivers to join the program to make it efficient.

Vancouver SkyTrain System Map

cc licensed Map of Vancouver Skytrain and the Canada Line from YVR by DavidArthur

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This video walks you through the process of taking the Skytrain into Vancouver from the Domestic or the International Terminal at Vancouver International Airport

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