Vancouver to Whistler Transportation

Hello ski season! Whistler opened its door for the season just last weekend and thanks to La Nina, there was a lot of snow and sure enough, great time for skiing and snowboarding. Based on the forecast, the beginning of the season is looking very very good.

With Blackcomb opening tomorrow (November 23rd), rest assured, there will be a lot of powder to play on.

The next interesting bit is, how do we get safely to Whistler from the Metro Vancouver area. Following are list of different transportation options, sorted by most comfortable to the cheapest:

1. Private Chauffeur Service by Ryde

A private chauffeur service will transport you from the Metro Vancouver area. Rates start at C$325 / one way for a luxury sedan or SUV and go up to C$400 / one way for a limousine, before a 15% gratuity and 5% Government Sales Tax (GST). A typical luxury sedan can accommodate three people comfortably and six for a SUV including your ski/snowboard gear and luggage.

This is typically the most comfortable way to travel the two hour journey to Whistler, 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
  • Selection of local, regional & international reading materials
  • USB Charging Dock for your Android, iOS, or BlackBerry devices

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.

2. Public Taxi

One of the most common way to get to Whistler. A taxi is a fast and convenient option if you are looking for a no hassle, low frills, ride for two people. Traveling on a budget but prefer not to take the bus? A taxi is your least expensive private transfer option. It costs about $300 / one way for the trip, before a 15% gratuity (optional).

Keep in mind, the travel time is about 2 hours and usually taxis are compact cars, so, you might have to reduce the comfort level.

3. Whistler Shuttle from Vancouver Airport (YVR)

The Whistler Shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is scheduled around the flight arrival times. The service starts as early as 7:30am and operates until as late as 11:00pm.

The Whistler Shuttle service runs on a combination of dedicated buses, vans, and scheduled buses. It costs about $69 per person / one way for the trip, before a 5% mandatory Government Sales Tax (GST).

4. Whistler Rides or Epic Rides

They both are a point to point express shuttle service. They both operate about 4 times a day during winter season and increases its daily frequency to six during peak Christmas season. Epic Rides leaves from four different locations whereas Whistler rides departs from the Burrard Skytrain station.

The ride costs $30-$35 per person for round trip. However, you have to book in advance since they run out of tickets fast. And they don’t charge extra for luggage or Wi-fi onboard.

5. Public Transit

Unfortunately there is no easily accessible public transportation options from Vancouver to Whistler.

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