5 Best Ways to Get from Vancouver Airport to Cruise Terminal

The best ways to get from Vancouver Airport to the Cruise Terminal are really a matter of preference.

Of course, whichever method you choose depends on your unique travel situation so I’m going to break the options down by traveler type.

Let’s take a look!

Best Way to Get from Vancouver Airport to Cruise Terminal

Private Transfer – Best YVR Airport to Cruise Terminal Transport Overall

This is the fastest transportation from Vancouver Airport to the Cruise Terminal – a VIP treatment like in the movies where your driver has a sign with your name on it.

Your professional chauffeur will grab your bags and load you into a luxury SUV (for up to three passengers) and head straight to the Vancouver Cruise Terminal in 25 minutes.

Obviously it’s the most expensive option, but with prices being at $78.68 CAD it’s not even double the price of a cab – if there’s three of you that’s only about $26.00 each ($19.00 USD).

Best for: utmost door-to-door experience without lifting a finger

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Taxi or ride-sharing services  – Best Cruise Port Transfer

Vancouver taxi services also take you directly to the cruise terminal, and are a fine option for cruisers who don’t mind waiting 15-20 minutes outside at the taxi rank.

To Vancouver Cruise Terminal the set fare in 2023 is $36.00, and you can expect to be there in about 40 minutes including a the wait at the taxi stand.

Honestly, using Uber or Lyft is the superior option here as you’ll get slightly cheaper fares of around $32.00 – as long as it’s off peak. During price surges expect to pay around $50.00.

The taxi rank and ridesharing pick ups are right outside the international arrivals terminal.

Best for: a quick ride to the terminal with a bit of legwork

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Public transit (SkyTrain) – Best Budget Vancouver Cruise Port Transfer

Taking transportation from Vancouver airport to the cruise terminal is the cheapest option at just $9.50 for an adult one-way ticket.

From Level 3 at YVR, you can take the Canada Line (one of the lines of our subway system) to Waterfront Station – from here’s it’s just a five minute walk to the cruise port.

Expect to be at the cruise port in about 45 minutes from the moment you’re out in the terminal.

Trains run every 6-20 minutes depending on the time of day.

Best for: budget conscious cruisers

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Shuttle Bus – Slowest Way to Get to the Cruise Terminal from YVR

Several shuttle companies like Ace Charters offer transportation from YVR to the cruise terminal, but keep in mind there are quite a few whistle stops along the way

Most of them stop at about a dozen top Vancouver airport hotels along the way, so expect the trip to take more than an hour.

Also, if there are two people or more it’s actually cheaper to get a taxi. If there are three, you might as well chip in a few more bucks each to get a YVR to Cruise Port private transfer.

Best for: visitors on an overnight stay who are in no rush

A man receives his rental vehicle

Rent a Car – Best YVR to Cruise Terminal Transport for Sightseers

If you prefer the convenience of having your own vehicle, you can rent a car from one of the many rental agencies at YVR.

Naturally, prices will vary depending on the type of car you rent and the length of your rental period – some very basic cars can be rented for about $20.00 a day.

The great thing about renting a car though is that you can go off and explore places like Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, and Capilano Suspension Bridge in utmost comfort.

Best for: visitors with a few days to spend before their cruise.

Still Looking for the Best Way to Get from YVR to the Cruise Port?

Overall, the best option for getting from YVR to the cruise terminal will depend on your budget and preferences.

If you are willing to pay a little extra for convenience I strongly recommend going for the private transfer – this is the cruise ship of options here in Vancouver!

Booking also helps me get one step closer to my dream: doing Vancouver Planner for a living.

Whatever you decide, please don’t hesitate to get at me in the comments below for custom advice – everybody’s situation is different and I’m happy to help 😊

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