Getting to Whistler from Vancouver, BC
However you choose to travel between Vancouver and Whistler–by land, rail, or air–you’re in for a visual treat: the scenery is spectacular no matter how you make your approach.
Whistler by car: $
Not so long ago, it took almost three hours to navigate the winding highway safely.
But the kinks were (literally) worked out in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics and now the same drive takes well under two hours, even in winter conditions.
Even if you don’t plan to overnight in Whistler, the drive itself makes a worthy day-trip. Follow Highway 99 along North America’s southern-most fjord and make use of the pull-outs for photo stops.
When it comes to parking, there are free day-lots on the perimeter of Whistler Village, but you’ll have to pay for overnight parking.
If you arrive in Whistler without your own wheels, Whistler Taxi and Whistler Resort Cabs offer a range of shuttle and tour services. There is also public transit in Whistler via Translink.
And if you’re driving to Whistler between October and April, be sure to carry chains or make sure your car has snow tires.
Whistler by bus: $
- Shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR): Frequent daily service via Pacific Coach Lines Whistler SkyLynx or Whistler Shuttle (aka Ridebooker)
- Coach service from downtown Vancouver: Frequent daily service via Whistler Express; Greyhound (offers student discounts)
- Bus tour from downtown Vancouver: Gray Line’s Westcoast Sightseeing offers a 10-hour day-trip bus tour to Shannon Falls and Whistler.
>>Related link: Bus travel in Canada
Whistler by train: $$
- Whistler Sea to Sky Climb with Rocky Mountaineer Railtours: A 3.5-hour luxury train ride between North Vancouver and Whistler offering one-way and return service with Vancouver and Whistler hotel transfers.
Whistler by air: $$$
- Whistler Air: Scheduled departures daily from Vancouver Harbour
- Blackcomb Aviation: Charter service between Vancouver and Whistler Municipal Heliport