Whether you’re travelling via plane, train or automobile – Vancouver is an easy-to-reach destination. Once here, there are many options to help you easily navigate this diverse, eclectic region to experience the very best of West Coast cuisine.
Visiting from Washington State:
If you plan to fly, catch a flight to either the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Sea-Tac has an abundance of flights to Vancouver and Abbotsford, with many taking less than an hour.
Planning to drive? Simply head north on Interstate 5 (I-5) to the Peace Arch border crossing and then onto Highway 99 to reach Vancouver. In total, there are four border crossings into Metro Vancouver via the communities of Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Surrey. The approximate driving time from Seattle into British Columbia is roughly three hours, but could be more depending on the border. Signs near the highways list border wait times, or click here for the latest border information.
Amtrak offers a relaxing and scenic way to get here, along with some incredible waterfront views. The journey takes about four hours. For more information or to book, phone 1.800.872.7245 or visit Amtrak.
Visiting via Vancouver Island:
Whether you’re visiting Victoria or other BC island destinations, it’s a breeze to visit Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Simply drive or walk onto one of the many BC Ferries vessels and make your way to Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen, where a world of culinary adventures await on the mainland. Click here for BC Ferries scheduling information.
Visiting on a cruise ship:
If Vancouver’s your homeport, then take some time to get to know this cosmopolitan, world-class destination. Here, you’ll find all the makings of a great (extended) holiday: spectacular scenery, amazing attractions, incredible shopping, friendly locals… and, of course, some of the most remarkable dining experiences you’ll find anywhere. But, don’t just take our word for it. Stay a while and see (and taste) for yourself.
Once here, there are many ways to get around:
- By car (either your own or a rental) – If you’ve driven up, then your car is certainly the obvious choice to help you explore each of our distinct communities… or you can rent a vehicle from one of the many car rental companies, such as Alamo Rent-a-Car, Avis Rent-a-Car, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Enterprise Rent-a-Car or Hertz Car Rentals.
- Public transit – Metro Vancouver’s public transit offers easy access to various communities, and includes the SkyTrain light rail system, buses, the West Coast Express (a weekday commuter train) and the SeaBus, a passenger-only ferry that takes you from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore.
Looking for other options to explore the area? Try the following:
- Greyhound – Catch a ride from Vancouver to visit the communities of Abbotsford and Chilliwack, where the term “farm to fork” is more than just a simple ideology.
- Harbour Air Seaplanes and Seair Seaplanes– Soar the skies and land on water at any number of nearby destinations with these local companies, getting a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Lower Mainland and BC islands along the way.
- Landsea Tours & Adventures – Take in the sights with any one of their guided tours, including a Vancouver city highlights and a North Shore tour, among others.
- Vancouver Foodie Tours – Feast on some of Vancouver’s tastiest and most unforgettable offerings with one of three guided foodie tours packed with flavour and full of interesting tidbits.
- Vancouver Trolley Company – Hop on Vancouver’s only fleet of San Francisco-style trolleys for a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city, as well as tours of North Vancouver and other destinations.
- WESTCOAST Sightseeing – Check out Vancouver through this hop-on, hop-off bus tour or experience a fully-guided tour of Vancouver, the North Shore and other nearby attractions.