The Sea to Sky Highway passes by Howe Sound

5 Ways to Get From Vancouver to Whistler Cheap & Easy

Getting from Vancouver to Whistler is easy.

That said, with about half a dozen options, figuring out the best way to get to Whistler from Vancouver can get down-right confusing.

Luckily, I’m here to take you through all the methods so we can find the right one for you.

  1. Getting From Vancouver to Whistler
  2. Vancouver to Whistler by Car
  3. Vancouver to Whistler by Bus
  4. Vancouver to Whistler Flights
  5. Vancouver to Whistler by Private Transfer
  6. Vancouver to Whistler by Train
  7. FAQs

How to Get from Vancouver to Whistler

First things first – because most people usually ask me how far it is from Vancouver to Whistler.

No matter how you cut it, it’s about a 120 kilometer trip (75 miles) on Highway 99 aka the Sea to Sky Highway.

This gorgeous stretch of road teeters along between the jagged cliff sides of the Coast Mountains and the sparkling waters of Howe Sound until it reaches the town of Squamish.

With spectacular viewpoints, outdoor destinations, and cultural points of interest at almost every stop, the Sea to Sky Highway is a veritable destination in its own right.

Don’t forget your camera!

Vancouver to Whistler by Car

Cars on the Sea to Sky Highway

If you’ve got wheels I’d highly recommend driving to Whistler from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky corridor.

Why? Well, for starters our arch nemesis Tripadvisor ranked this as one of the 10 most scenic drives in the world.

It’s also the most convenient way and gives you the most flexibility.

As you can see below, the short 121 km drive should take around 90 minutes to complete.

If you’re driving expect to pay about $30.00 in gas using 2022 prices (le sigh) for the one way trip.

Just remember the Sea to Sky is a mountain highway where rapid changes in weather can have a significant impact on road conditions.

Especially if you’re in Vancouver in winter, make sure to check the Highway 99 weather report first.

How to Get to Whistler from Vancouver by Bus

Passengers on a shuttle bus

Taking a bus from Vancouver to Whistler is the cheapest way to get there unless you’ve got your own car or you’re fit to walk.

The Whistler bus service takes around 2 hours from its stop in downtown Vancouver outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The most frequent and most reliable bus service is run by Skylynx.

I love using them because they’ve got free wifi and charging stations so I can zone out on my tablet, or get work done on my laptop.

They also give you one 50 lb carry on as well as a ski or snowboard.

One way tickets cost $40.60.

With schedules frequently changing, it’s best to click the orange booking link below for times:

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The same can be said for getting to Whistler by bus from Vancouver airport (YVR):

Book My YVR Airport to Whistler Bus Now

Vancouver to Whistler Flights

Planes sit at the Vancouver Floatplane Terminal

Unfortunately, Whistler doesn’t have an airport so typical commercial jet flights are just not possible.

Luckily, there are Vancouver to Whistler seaplanes that not only get you there in just 45 minutes, but offer a once in a lifetime scenery escape as well.

Along the way you get views of the Vancouver skyline, Howe Sound, and the North Shore Mountains. You then fly over majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, and lush alpine meadows.

Let’s take a deeper look.

Vancouver to Whistler Floatplanes

Harbour Air offers floatplane service from the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre to the Whistler Floatplane Terminal.

You’ll land 3 km north of Whistler Village on Green Lake, and they’ll even give you a complimentary shuttle to your hotel.

The service runs seasonally from May to October.

From Vancouver to Whistler the seaplane flights cost $211.00 CAD for adults and $115.00 CAD for children

Click the button below to check out the latest seaplane schedules for getting from Vancouver to Whistler:

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How to Go to Whistler from Vancouver with Private Transfers

A private chartered van drives down the highway

Does lugging your skis through the streets of Vancouver at six in the morning sound like a nightmare?

The convenience of private door-to-door service in a luxury vehicle could be the answer.

There’s a wide variety of private transfer options that connect Whistler Village to Vancouver.

The most reasonably priced private transfer costs $296.10, and will pick you up at any hotel or residence in Vancouver and bring you to Whistler in a luxury sedan or SUV.

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That said, our partners at Viator have a huge selection of options whether you’re coming from downtown, the airport, or any where else.

Feel free to take a look clicking the orange button below:

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Getting to Whistler from Vancouver by Train

Passengers take pictures aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
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At the end of 2015 the Rocky Mountaineer cancelled it’s Sea to Sky Climb service.

As a result, there is unfortunately no longer a dedicated train service connecting Vancouver and Whistler.

However, travel to Whistler is still offered as part of the Rocky Mountaineer’s Rainforest to Gold-Rush Package.

This allows you to spend one night in Whistler on your way to the BC interior’s gold-rush country, before travelling through the Rocky Mountains to Jasper, Alberta.

The journey offers breathtaking views of BC’s varying landscapes, including; lush coastal rainforests, vast ranch lands and rugged snow capped peaks. All before you reach the stunning Rocky Mountain Trench and Rocky Mountain National parks.

The Rainforest to Gold-rush Package is available in 3 and 5 day packages.

For more information on this, and other Rocky Mountaineer packages, visit the Rocky Mountaineer website.

How to Get to Whistler from Vancouver FAQ

How far is Whistler from Vancouver?

Whistler is located 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Downtown Vancouver. The trip takes approximately an hour and a half depending on traffic and weather.

How do you get from Vancouver to Whistler?

If you are unable to drive there are a variety of options available; such as bus, private transfer, train and even Summer floatplane service.

How do you get from YVR to Whistler?

The only direct transport options available from YVR airport to Whistler Village are the Skylynx shuttle and private transfers.

If you’d prefer, there is a wide variety of car rental options available on site.

Can you fly from Vancouver to Whistler?

While Whistler does not have an airport, there is floatplane service available seasonally from Downtown Vancouver and Victoria between May and September.

Can you drive from to Whistler from Vancouver?

Whistler is located 120 kilometres or a 1.5 hour drive up the Sea to Sky Highway-99 from Downtown Vancouver.

Still Looking to Get to Whistler from Vancouver?

But before we go, I’d like to encourage you to submit any more questions you have regarding Vancouver to Whistler transport.

Whether you hit me up in the comments below or on the Vancouver Planner Facebook page, I’m sure I’ll be able get them answered ASAP and get you on your way.

See you on the slopes!

Julian

I've used online guides on five continents to find the world's greatest travel spots and this is my chance to give back - with insider info on my home, the mighty Vancouver BC!

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