Directions by Air

More commercial airlines than ever are flying into Vancouver International Airport every day, with express airport shuttles departing frequently and delivering you right to Whistler. If you prefer to fly into Whistler from the airport, helicopters and floatplanes provide direct service to the resort (weather dependent). You may also choose to rent a car or hire a chartered vehicle.

 

Directions by Car

Plan for an epic roadtrip! Whistler and Vancouver are two of the world's most spectacular destinations. But it turns out the journey between them is just as fantastic. Spend a day driving the incredible Sea-to-Sky Highway and make stops at these popular attractions.


Vancouver to Whistler: From Downtown Vancouver

If you proceed onto Georgia Street westbound this will take you over Lions Gate suspension bridge. When you reach the far end, look for the West Vancouver exit. You circle around under the bridge onto Marine Drive. Stay in the right-hand lane over a green bridge and make the first right at Taylor Way. Head up the hill; you’ll see Highway 1 before you. Merge to the left under Highway 1 and turn left immediately under the overpass. As you approach Horseshoe Bay, watch for the exit for Squamish and Whistler. You are now on Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway, which will take you all the way to Whistler Village.


Vancouver to Whistler: From Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Proceed on the airport causeway over the Arthur Lang Bridge into Vancouver. Exit the bridge using Granville Street. Continue north on Granville into downtown Vancouver and over the Granville Street Bridge. Exit the Granville Street Bridge via the Seymour Street exit, a right lane off ramp. Continue on Seymour to Georgia Street ( 6 to 7 blocks), left on Georgia and then over the Lions Gate suspension bridge. At the far end, merge left for the West Vancouver exit. It circles around under the bridge onto Marine Drive. Stay in the right-hand lane, over a green bridge to the first stop light at Taylor Way. Turn right and head up the hill, you’ll see Highway 1 before you. Merge to the left under the overpass, immediately turn left to access Highway 1. As you approach Horseshoe Bay, watch for the exit to Squamish and Whistler. You are now on Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway, which will take you all the way to Whistler Village.

From the U.S. Border: Seattle to Vancouver
The Canada – US border is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. If you’ve been driving up from California, you’ll be on Interstate 5. At the airport the highway splits, with I 5 going into Seattle proper and Highway 405 continuing north to Whistler. Take Highway 405, unless you are heading into Seattle. The 405 eventually rejoins Interstate 5, but not until you’re safely away from Seattle. From there, you have another 80 miles (128 km) to the border. Look for signs for the towns of Everett, then Bellingham, then Blaine is right at the border.


From the U.S. Border: The Scenic Route
Coming from the U.S., the entry point is the Douglas Border Crossing which features the Peace Arch. Once in Canada, the highway becomes Highway 99. Follow Highway 99 through the Massey Tunnel and proceed straight to enter Vancouver via the Oak Street Bridge, about 20 miles (32 km) from the border. Once on the bridge stay in the right lane and watch for the Granville Street exit (right off the bridge). Follow Granville Street to downtown Vancouver via the Granville Street Bridge. Once on this bridge, take the Seymour Street exit and proceed along Seymour to Georgia Street (6 to 7 blocks), turn left. Georgia takes you west through downtown and directly over Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver. As you approach the far side of Lions Gate Bridge look for the West Vancouver exit. It’s a gradual merge left at the end of the bridge. The exit circles around under the bridge onto Marine Drive. Stay in the right-hand lane, over a small bridge and quickly to a stop light at Taylor Way. Turn right and head up the hill where you’ll see Highway 1 before you. Merge to the left under Highway 1, turn left immediately under the overpass. As you approach Horseshoe Bay, slow down and watch for the exit for Squamish and Whistler. Whistler Village is about 90 minutes from this point.

From the U.S. Border: The Direct Route (By-pass City of Vancouver)
As you approach the Canada-U.S. border, take Exit 275 (about a mile before the border) off Interstate 5 onto Pacific Highway. The Pacific Highway Border crossing is also known as the truck crossing. Once across the border it’s called 176th Street or Highway 15. Follow Highway 15 approximately eight miles north to Highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway. Take Highway 1 westbound. Make no turns. You’ll zoom through the north-eastern municipalities of Greater Vancouver, motoring across the Port Mann Bridge over the mighty Fraser and eventually the Iron Workers Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge crossing Burrard Inlet. Watch for the exit for Squamish and Whistler. Whistler Village is about 90 minutes from this point.


Directions by Bus

The Sea to Sky Highway is one of the most beautiful drives on the planet, so why not enjoy the view and leave the driving to Pacific Coachlines? Pacific Coach Lines offers options from both Downtown Vancouver as well as the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).


Directions by Train

Take the train and discover the dramatic beauty of the mountains and ocean from a unique perspective. The Amtrak Cascades train provides service from Seattle or Oregon to Vancouver, with the final leg to Whistler completed by bus. Amtrak Cascades trains feature a special technology that uses gravity to tilt through curves, ensuring the smoothest ride possible. They are built for speed and comfort, travelling at top speed of 79 mph (127 km/hour). During the summer months, the Rocky Mountaineer Sea to Sky Climb train offers scenic service between Vancouver and Whistler. During your three and a half hour train trip you’ll travel through the scenic Howe Sound, the Cheakamus Canyon and past the snow-capped peaks of the Tantalus Mountains. Click here to get a quote!