Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located around 15 kilometres south of the city centre and getting from the airport to the city couldn’t be easier. From arrivals, head to the Canada Line platform where you can catch a SkyTrain that will take you to Downtown Vancouver is less than 30 minutes. If you don’t fancy public transport, taxis are available outside arrivals and are relatively inexpensive.
Pacific Central Station is the main train station for services arriving in Vancouver from cities across Canada and the US including Toronto, Banff, Calgary and Seattle. It's easy to get from this station to the downtown area as the station is just over the road from the Main Street/Science World SkyTrain Station.
Bus services connect Vancouver with numerous other Canadian destinations including Calgary, Whistler and Victoria. Services also arrive from cities in the US including Seattle. Most of these buses also arrive at Pacific Central Station.
You’ll definitely be able to explore Downtown Vancouver on foot and from there you’ll be able to walk to some of the city’s other popular neighbourhoods. However, you’ll probably also need to use public transport at some stage during your stay.
Vancouver’s SkyTrain is the world’s longest automated rapid transit system. Fully automated trains run on three different lines namely the Expo Line, the Millennium Line and the Canada Line. The bus network in Vancouver is extensive, with numerous services running throughout the city. If you’re going to be using public transport a lot, it might be a good idea to invest in a DayPass. Costing $9, this pass will allow you to use the SkyTrain, bus and SeaBus in all zones throughout the day.
This city boasts numerous bike paths so cycling is a popular way to get around. In fact, it can be the best way to see some of the city’s attractions such as the huge Stanley Park.