How to get from YVR (Vancouver Airport) to downtown Vancouver

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located approximately 12 km from downtown Vancouver. There are several easy transportation options available to get from the airport to the city centre.

Public Transit

The Canada Line is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail system that connects YVR to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes and to downtown Richmond in 18 minutes. Skytrain Trains leave the airport station approximately every seven minutes during most times of the day (click here for a schedule and map). The trip from YVR to downtown Vancouver takes only 26 minutes on a two-zone fare of $4.55, plus the $5.00 Canada Line YVR AddFare. The YVR AddFare fee is charged on tickets FROM YVR, but not on tickets TO YVR. You can buy a ticket at the station, or simply use any contactless credit/debit card to swipe in and out at the automatic gates. The YVR AddFare may be waived if you have a pre-purchased fare, e.g. a day pass or stored value on a Compass Card.

Taxis and Shuttles

Taxis are available at the taxi stands located at Level 2 Arrivals directly in front of Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal. A taxi from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver costs from CAD 38, excluding tips.

Courtesy shuttle buses provide transportation to many of the local hotels, Airport South, and YVR JetSet Parking. Follow the signs at Level 2 Arrivals to be directed to the appropriate pick-up location.

Several shuttle services are available from YVR to downtown Vancouver, including the Vancouver Airport Shuttle, which starts at CAD 15 per person.

Ride-sharing Services – Uber, Lyft, KABU

All three local ride-sharing services, Uber, Lyft and KABU are licensed to pick-up and drop off at YVR. Once you have ordered your car using the relevant app, proceed outside Level 2 Arrivals to the marked pick-up area. It is after the taxi area and clearly marked on green signs.

Car Rentals

Major car rental companies have desks at YVR, so hiring and returning your rental car is easy and convenient. The majority of well-known rental companies are located steps away from the terminal on the ground floor of the parking area. Some smaller providers are a bus-ride away. Remember to include time in your schedule for pick-up/drop-off as you may need to take a short shuttle bus ride to the rental station. Find out which is where by clicking here.

Conclusion: the easiest way to get from YVR to the city

The Canada Line Skytrain is by far the most convenient and affordable option to get from Vancouver Airport to downtown Vancouver. If for other reasons you need a taxi, shuttle or car rental, those are available too.

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