Vancouver Airport Transfer – A complete guide

This is a complete guide to all the options for transfers between Vancouver Airport and the Greater Regional Vancouver district ordered from the most comfortable option to the cheapest option.

1. Private Vancouver Airport Transfer Service by Ryde

A private chauffeur service will transport you from to/from Vancouver international airport and anywhere in British Columbia or Washington, USA. Rates start at C$75 / hour for a sedan and go up to C$175 / hour for a Bentley, before a 15% gratuity and 5% government sales taxes (GST). A $10 fee is typically charged for airport pickups due to government regulations.

This is typically the most comfortable way to travel, especially when booking with Ryde. You will receive the following amenities included in your final price:

  • Wi-fi for unlimited devices
  • Premium Still Bottled Water
  • Premium Sparkling Bottled Water
  • USB Charging Dock for your Android, iOS, or BlackBerry devices
  • Selection of local, regional & international reading materials

Pre-bookings are recommended since these exclusive amenities are only available when you book directly with Ryde, and not a typical feature for any other limousine provider in British Columbia.

How to find us as you exit the airport?

Once you have made a booking, either by downloading the iOS app, via email, or via phone, a Ryde associate will reach out to you to confirm your flight details.

International Flights As you leave customs, a representative of Ryde will hold a sign of your name. For your privacy, we can also hold a sign of our brand at your request. Our representative will take your luggage and guide you to the vehicle waiting outside.

Domestic Flights A representative of Ryde will hold a sign of your name just as you leave the baggage belt. For your privacy, we can also hold a sign of our brand at your request. Our representative will take your luggage and guide you to your waiting vehicle.

2. Public Airport Chauffeur by Aerocar

Aerocar is the selected airport transportation provider by Vancouver Airport. Their rates start from C$39 before a 15% gratuity and 5% GST for traveling to Richmond. Rates to Vancouver start at C$39, increases to C$64 to all of Downtown Vancouver, and up to C$67 for the port. Although this can be cheaper than choosing a Chauffeur Service by Ryde, you will not receive any additional amenity beyond the vehicle and a professional driver.

Because of the fixed hourly rate, Aerocar is not always cheaper than choosing Ryde. When adding a meet and greet service, Ryde will always be cheaper since Aerocar charges a fee of C$50.

How to find Aerocar as you exit the airport?

All Flights As you leave the terminal, Taxis will be on the left and an Aerocar counter will be on your right.

3. Public Taxi

Airport Dropoff

Taxi charges are as follows:

  • C$3.20 for the first 54.44 meters
  • C$0.10 for each additional 54.44 meters
  • C$0.10 for each consecutive 10.95 seconds or C$32.86 per hour

These fares include GST, but exclude gratuity. A 10-20% gratuity is typically provided. Below are the approximate taxi fares:

  • C$30 for travel between Vancouver Airport and Richmond
  • C$40 for travel between Vancouver Airport and Downtown Vancouver
  • C$50 for travel between Vancouver Airport and Burnaby
  • C$60 for travel between Vancouver Airport and North Vancouver, Delta or Port Coquitlam
  • C$70 for travel between Vancouver Airport and Surrey or West Vancouver
  • C$80 for travel between Vancouver Airport and White Rock, Langley, or West Vancouver

Note: The prices vary depending on traffic, time of day, and your exact location. For certain instances, Ryde can be a cheaper option than choosing a private taxi cab

Airport Pickup

A fixed fee charge applies for traveling between the Airport and Vancouver/Richmond ranging between C$20 and C$39. It is very common for taxis attempting to scam you and increase the pricing, by claiming a variety of reasons, including traffic, or midnight surcharge.

For travel to places other than Richmond and Vancouver, the same rate as Airport Dropoff applies.

For certain instances, Ryde can be a cheaper option than choosing a private taxi cab.

How to find taxis as you exit the airport?

All Flights As you leave the terminal, Taxis will be on the left and an Aerocar counter will be on your right.

4. Rental Cars

All major car rental providers are available at Vancouver International Airport.

The following providers are on-site:

  • National
  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • Dollar Thrifty
  • Avis
  • Zipcar
  • Budget

The following providers are on-site:

  • National
  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • Dollar Thrifty
  • Avis
  • Zipcar
  • Budget

On-site car rental agencies charge a Customer Facility Fee of C$5 / day. This fee is in addition to regular taxes and fees, as well as a premium rental location charge of between 15 and 25% for both on-site and off-site agencies. If you are opting for a rental car and will be in Vancouver for multiple days, it is strongly advised you take an alternative transporation option downtown, like Ryde, and pickup a vehicle from a local branch.

How to find rental car agencies?

On-Site Agencies: As you exit the terminal building, go straight towards the parking lot and Canada Line (Train) station. On the right hand side, there will be signs to the rental car facilities at the basement level of the car park.

Off-Site Agencies: As you exit the terminal building, follow signs to hotel shuttles. All shuttles can be found there. Car2Go are using the shuttle for the Pacific Gateway Hotel.

5. Hotel Shuttles (Public and Private)

Most hotels located in the vicinity of Vancouver International Airport offer a shuttle service between the airport and the hotel.

All 4* and 5* hotels in Vancouver offer a private transportation option as well and can be contacted for more information about pricing. Pricing typically starts at C$125 and excludes a 15% gratuity and 5% GST. We typically recommend Ryde, since it will always be cheaper, and your vehicle will come with amenities that are not otherwise provided.

How to find hotel shuttle services for airport hotels?

As you exit the terminal building, follow signs to hotel shuttles. All shuttles can be found there. If you are staying at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, it is located at the departures level for US departures. When you arrive, go up one floor, and follow signs to US Departures.

6. Public Transit

There is a Canada Line station for traveling to and from the airport. You do not have to change trains when traveling to/from Downtown Vancouver.

For travelers without a monthly pass, a $5 airport add-on is charged. Otherwise, a fee of between C$2.10 and C$5.60 applies depending on the distance travelled.

For tourists leaving from the airport, a taxi could potentially be cheaper since you avoid the C$5 add on for each customer.

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