Flights to and within Canada are expensive, there’s just no getting around it.
If you plan on flying to Vancouver from the Midwest or the east coast of the US, expect to spend at least $500-$700 on airfare to Vancouver. If you plan on visiting during peak times or if you wait until the last minute to book your light, it could be much more. A lucky few visitors to Vancouver will be able to score a direct flight that fits into their budget; the rest of us would do better to book a connecting flight, which can be significantly cheaper.
If you’re flying from the east coast, one of the least expensive options is to snag a low-cost ticket to New York and then book a seat on the NY to Vancouver flight on Cathay Pacific. Those traveling from the Midwest, mountain west and southwest will do better to fly to Seattle. From there, you can take a cheap 45-minute flight, drive about three hours, or take a leisurely train or bus ride to your final destination.
Below are the low-cost carriers that offer direct flights to and from Vancouver. It’s still worth checking out your favorite carriers (in the US, United, American, Air Canada, and Delta all fly to Vancouver) to compare prices. Otherwise, you may want to fly to one of the cities below and then take a low-cost flight from there.
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Westjet – direct from Kelowna, Prince George, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, London, Kitchener/Waterloo
Air Canada Jazz – direct from Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Cranbrook, Calgary, Prince George, Fort St. John, Fort McMurray, Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Sandspit, Nanaimo, Saskatoon, Regina
Within British Colombia
From the US
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