Getting to Vancouver

June 22-27, 2008
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

20th Annual FIRST Conference

Getting to Vancouver


If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States. For an estimate of how long it might take to fly to Vancouver, see our international flying times map in our map section.


Sightseeing at its finest. From the comfort of the observation lounge or dining car, relax and watch the beauty of BC. Pacific Central Station is the terminus for transcontinental passenger rail and bus service, located at Main and Terminal Streets in downtown Vancouver.

VIA Rail has transcontinental services from Toronto via Jasper arriving at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station three times a week. Contact your travel agent for reservations or call 1.800.561.8630.

Rocky Mountaineer Tours provides two-four day train trips through the stunning Rocky Mountains between BC and Alberta. Amtrak Cascades (1.800.872.7245) offers one round-br />trip per day between Seattle and Vancouver that depart Vancouver each evening.

Check rail companies

Shuttle Service


Vancouver only: 604.946.8866
(outside the Vancouver area): 1.800.668.3141

The Airporter provides bus service to major hotel destinations in downtown Vancouver, the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and the bus depot/train station.

Departure times from the airport:

  • International Terminal - every 20 minutes from 8:55 to 21:25.
  • Domestic Terminal - every 20 minutes from 9:00 to 21:30.

The Airporter bus is located on the International and Domestic Arrivals level curb. No reservations required.

Tickets may be purchased at the Airporter counter, their pickup locations or on the motor coach.

FiresOne-WayRound Trip
Adult $13.50 $21.00
Child 5-12 yrs $6.25 $12.50
Senior 65+ yrs $10.50 $21.00
Family* $27.00 $42.00

(* Family fare is 2 adults/2 children 16 years & under)

Further information on service, schedules and fares may be obtained from the Airporter counter located on the International and Domestic Arrivals levels, their website,, or by calling the telephone numbers noted above

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