Getting To/From The Airport
There are several options to go between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and downtown Vancouver, including car rentals, limousine, taxi, and public transit.
Many major car rental companies have desks at YVR, so hiring and returning your rental car is easy and convenient. Driving between downtown and the airport is straight-forward and well sign-posted. From downtown, proceed south on Granville Street to West 72nd Avenue. Follow the road left onto SW Marine Drive and over the Arthur Laing Bridge. The bridge takes you to Grant McConachie Way, which leads directly to the airport terminal.
In addition to providing you with a safe and reliable ride, Vancouver taxi companies ensure all drivers receive extensive training through the award-winning TaxiHost training program. Developed in 1996, TaxiHost training includes eight modules ranging from driving with finesse to advanced customer service and transporting people with disabilities. All licensed taxis are allowed to drop-off passengers at YVR, and they will use the meter to determine the fare.
If you’re taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel after arriving at YVR, use one of the taxi stands located on Level 2. Taxis operating from the airport are licensed, and will use a zoned fare rate that will depend on your destination.
Lyft and Uber are both authorized providers of ride hailing services at YVR. For more information on where to find these options see the YVR website.
Limousine and Car Service
Ride in style with a luxury sedan or limousine pick-up to whisk you to or from Vancouver International Airport. When flying into YVR, many companies offer pre-arranged meet-and-greet services, or simply use YVR’s official licenced limousine company – no booking required.
The SkyTrain’s Canada Line provides rapid rail service linking YVR to downtown Vancouver and parts of Richmond. Trains leave the airport station approximately every seven minutes during most times of the day. There are 16 stops along the line, with downtown Vancouver stops including Yaletown, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront—the terminus for the line.
The trip from YVR to downtown Vancouver takes only 26 minutes on a two zone fare of $4.25, plus the $5.00 Canada Line YVR AddFare. The YVR AddFare is waived if you have a pre-purchased fare, e.g. a day pass, monthly pass or a Fare Saver ticket. Check the TransLink website for maps, schedules and fare information. View our Maps section for additional information about travelling in Vancouver.
The video below explains how to get from the airport via the Canada Line.
Traveling back out to YVR from downtown Vancouver: