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Vancouver to Whistler Seaplane: Flight Prices, Reviews and Tips

The Vancouver to Whistler seaplane is the fastest way to get from the city to BC’s mountain paradise.

This flight from Vancouver to Whistler is also the best way to soak up the stunning scenery of the famed Sea to Sky corridor.

Whether you’re a visiting tourist, a local seeking a new experience, or just wanna travel quickly, this could be a great option – so let’s take a deeper look.

The Vancouver to Whistler Seaplane 

The Vancouver to Whistler floatplane operates from May to October.

The seaplanes depart from the Coal Harbour Seaplane Terminal – just steps from top downtown Vancouver hotels

In all, if you’re considering Whistler seaplane tickets, you can expect:

  • A super quick 45-minute seaplane ride to Whistler from downtown Vancouver
  • The stunning scenery of Vancouver Harbour, the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park, the city skyline, Howe Sound, local glaciers, alpine meadows, Whistler Village and more
  • A ride with the world’s largest all-seaplane fleet
  • A flight with the first carbon-neutral airline in North America
  • The possibility to book now and pay later
  • Free cancellation tickets up to 24 hours before take-off
  • A ticket with carbon offset charges baked in

Your flight tickets also include a shuttle right to the doorstep of top Whistler hotels for maximum convenience.

Here’s a little sneak preview of this epic Vancouver to Whistler flight:

As you can see, in addition to being very efficient transport, this is a unique, thrilling experience that’s a tourist attraction in itself.

Travellers generally rate this option very highly:

vancouver to whistler seaplane reviews

Considering that Vancouver floatplane tours cost almost the same amount, and they don’t even take you anywhere, this is something to seriously consider.

Related: Best Things to Do in Whistler

Vancouver to Whistler Floatplane Cost

Vancouver to Whistler seaplane tickets cost $211.00 CAD per person.

Children between 2 and 11 can ride for $115.00 CAD, while children under 2 fly free if accompanied by a paying adult.

With the orange button below, you can get free cancellation tickets as well as the chance to buy now and pay later.

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It’s strongly recommended to book way in advance, especially if you’re visiting Vancouver in summer, as there are only 10 seats per flight.

Related: Seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria

passengers taking a photo of the glacier on the vancouver to whistler flights

Are Vancouver to Whistler flights worth it?

Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of budget travellers who find the $211.00 price tag a little steep, and that’s fine.

If that’s you, there’s no shame in taking the Vancouver to Whistler bus instead.

Express buses cost $90.00 and will get you there in an hour and a half.

As far as driving is concerned, if you’ve got your own car, you can expect to pay about $30.00 in gas (2022 prices, ugh!) for the 121-kilometre (75-mile) 90-minute trip.

All things considered, and I say this, having done the drive 50 times myself, how many times in your life do you have the chance to take such a stunning trip?

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a splurge activity, or a way to elevate a holiday or celebrate with a loved one, this is a fantastic thing to book.

Also, remember, if it’s a Vancouver rainy day, you can always cancel as long as it’s 24 hours in advance. 

Related: Getting from Vancouver to Whistler

Vancouver to Whistler Flights Schedule

As of 2022, the 45-minute seaplane trip only offers one daily departure in each direction.

In order to ensure you’re able to snag a spot, it’s recommended to book at least two weeks in advance. This is no 747, after all – there is a maximum of 10 passengers per flight.

Vancouver to Whistler

  • Departure: 9:00 am
  • Arrival: 9:45 am

Whistler to Vancouver

  • Departure: 6:00 pm
  • Arrival: 6:45 pm

*As the season progresses, return flights depart earlier, first at 5:30 in late September and then at 5:00 pm in October until the 15th when service to Whistler ceases operation.

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Vancouver to Whistler Seaplane Passenger Information

  • Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Unclaimed seats may be sold 15 minutes prior to departure
  • All travellers 18+ must present government-issued photo ID
  • Passengers receive a 50-pound (22 kilograms) maximum luggage allotment
the vancouver to whistler seaplane docked at the vancouver seaplane terminal

Vancouver to Whistler Floatplane FAQ

How much does the Vancouver to Whistler seaplane cost?

The best seaplane trip between Vancouver and Whistler costs $211.00 CAD for adults and $115.00 CAD for children – while infants are free if accompanied by an adult.

When does the Vancouver to Whistler Seaplane run?

The Vancouver to Whistler seaplane operates between May and October. Unfortunately, due to winter conditions (and a frozen Green Lake), departures are not available during ski season.

Are Vancouver to Whistler flights scary?

If you’re fine taking flights with jets, the seaplanes shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, some fliers have indicated that they don’t even feel the water landings, and the lower altitude cruising level is actually reassuring.

Where is the Vancouver Seaplane terminal?

The Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre is found at 1055 Canada Pl in Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver: just in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, and Canada Place. 

Are there flights from Vancouver to Whistler?

There are no commercial jet flights between Vancouver and Whistler. To get to Whistler by air, you will have to take a seaplane or helicopter.

Where is the Whistler Seaplane Terminal?

The Whistler seaplane terminal is located 3 km North of Whistler Village at 8069 Nicklaus North Boulevard on Green Lake. It is located alongside Fitzsimmons Fan Park and the Nicklaus North golf course.

How do I get from the terminal to Whistler Village?

Harbour Air Seaplanes offers a complimentary pickup and drop-off shuttle service between Whistler Village and the seaplane dock. However, it is important to note that this service is available from Friday to Monday only.

However, if you need to find alternative arrangements, such as a taxi, rideshare or walking directions – Harbour Air staff will be able to provide you with assistance.

Does Whistler have an airport?

No, it is impossible to have a landing strip due to the mountainous terrain. The only Vancouver to Whistler flights is via floatplanes and helicopters.

Taking a Seaplane From Vancouver to Whistler?

We started this site with one simple goal – to answer every question about travelling in and around the Vancouver area.

I hope I’ve managed to check another question off with this Vancouver to Whistler seaplane post.

That said, if there’s anything Vancity related that you just need to know, please write me in the comments below ?


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