How to get from Vancouver to Whistler

Vancouver is a vibrant west coast seaport in British Columbia. It is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. It is world-renowned for its natural beauty and is famous for being one of the world’s most liveable cities. In fact, a recently published report by the U.K.-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Vancouver as the fifth most livable city in the world. It is also located some 121km from Whistler,  home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler is famous for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Today, more than 3 million people visit Whistler every year. Visitors often make the journey from Vancouver. So, if you’d like to do the same, there are four ways to get from Vancouver to Whistler.

How to get from Vancouver to Whistler


The most exciting and picturesque way to get from Vancouver to Whistler is to get the seaplane. The journey takes just 35 minutes, and the scenery is stunning. An incredibly memorable trip.

Private Tour

If you don’t want to drive, plan the route, or consider the logistics, then a private tour from Vancouver to Whistler is the best option. You’ll get from the city to the mountains by private, comfortable coach and you’ll be able to sit back, relax and watch the scenery roll by. This is the more relaxing way to travel between the two places.


Travel from the two places along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway on the public bus route. Again, this way, you don’t have to worry about driving the twisting roads; you simply get to sit back, relax, and take in the sighs from the large windows.

Buses depart from both Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver, and onboard there is Wi-Fi. We recommend booking your bus tickets in advance to guarantee a seat, especially if you’re travelling during the busy winter and summer seasons.


The most convenient way to get to Whistler is by car. And this is one incredibly scenic road trip along Highway 99. There are many car hire firms around Vancouver, but finding the best deal is the first step. Taking the car means leaving whenever you like and making pit stops and detours along the way. However, if you are renting a car and are planning on driving from October to April, check that your rental car has winter tyres, as they are required by law. Parking can also be hard to find during the high seasons, and it can be expensive too.


For a trip with the most convenience from Vancouver to Whistler, book a taxi. You can take a taxi from Vancouver Airport or from downtown and let a professional driver take care of everything as you sit back and relax in a comfortable car for the one hour and forty-minute drive to Whistler. Though this is a very quick and easy way to get to Whistler, it is also the most expensive.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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