How To Get From Vancouver Airport To Downtown

by Vandvoyage

3 min read

You just landed in one of the most beautiful (and expensive) cities in the world - Vancouver! But now how do you get from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to downtown Vancouver? There are several options but the fastest (SkyTrain’s Canada Line) stands apart as the most convenient. The best way to get from Vancouver Airport to downtown is with the SkyTrain.

Let’s explore some other options before making a final decision:

Cheapest & Slowest: Translink N10 / 10 / 412 Bus

Since the introduction of the SkyTrain extension to Vancouver Airport there are no more bus transit routes to the airport. The Canada Line consolidated everything into one rapid transit line from YVR to downtown Vancouver. That being said, adventurous travellers arriving late at night can opt for the  N10 YVR-Downtown NightBus from the airport to downtown Vancouver. Exactly as described this route runs from after 1am until 5pm. Cost to ride is just under $4 CAD.

For really frugal travellers there is the 412 Bridgeport Station bus that connects from the South Terminal (YVR’s unique floatplane airport) to Bridgeport Station along the Canada Line. From Bridgeport Station we recommend riding one stop to Marine Drive Station then taking the 10 Granville  bus to sightsee the city as you arrive downtown. YVR Airport provides a free shuttle from the main terminal to Airport South via a free courtesy shuttle between terminals.

Travelling this route will avoid the $5 AddFare imposed on Skytrain riders. Cost to ride is just under $4 CAD.

Most Private: Taxi/ Ride share

Multiple Taxis and Uber/Lyft options are available. There are designated pick up areas by the domestic and international arrivals area. Expect to Pay about $40+ for a ride to downtown Vancouver. Also to add in - traffic along the main route from the airport to downtown Vancouver can become very congested during peak period.

Fastest: SkyTrain Canada Line

By far the fastest and most direct route from Vancouver Airport to Downtown Vancouver is the SkyTrain. SkyTrain’s Canada Line from YVR-Airport Station to Waterfront Station (Vancouver’s downtown intermodal hub) is your best bet! The Skytrain is a quick 30 minute ride, running every 7-15 minutes, from the airport to downtown Vancouver. This light metro train runs above ground for the beginning of your journey giving you sweeping views of the downtown and the North Shore Mountain range overlooking Vancouver. Shortly after the route continues underground for the rest of the journey. If you are travelling from Vancouver Airport to downtown, the SkyTrain is your fastest route.

YVR-Airport Station is a short walk from the domestic and international terminals. Follow signage and the overhead walkways to the station.

Fares can be up $10 depending on time and date and includes the AddFare by Vancouver’s Translink for trips from the airport. You do not pay the AddFare when returning to YVR.

Consider purchasing a Compass Card if you’ll be exploring metro Vancouver more by transit.

Note:

All fares are accurate as of June 2024.

Enjoy the best that Vancouver has to offer! A vibrant cultural scene, diverse culinary experiences, and plenty of outdoor activities.

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How To Get From Montreal Airport To Downtown

by Vandvoyage

3 min read

You made it! You’ve just landed at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and are about to discover what a fun, exciting bilingual city Montreal can be. So dust off that French-English translation book (or reinstall that translation app you rarely use) and stumble upon the unique ways to make your way into centre-ville de Montréal.

Surprisingly, the Montreal Metro does not extend anywhere close to the Montreal-Trudeau Airport so you won’t be riding the Metro until you’re in the downtown core. But once the new light rail metro system is open, rail travel directly from Montreal Trudeau Airport to Montreal Central Station (Gare Centrale) will be a viable option. Stay tuned- more on this later. Until then, check out this list of options on the best ways to get from YUL Airport to downtown Montreal!

Cheapest & Slowest: STM 356 Bus

Want to see the beautiful city of Montreal on a budget while travelling downtown? Then the Société de transport de Montréal’s (STM) Bus 356 is your ride! This milk run with no luggage storage is a very affordable option to travel from Montreal airport to downtown. Do not expect any convenience or luxury that the 747 Express Bus (re: fastest) affords. The 356 is primarily meant for commuters and workers to/from the airport. If you’re looking for a great way to see the neighbourhoods of West Island, Dorval, Lachine, Ville-Marie, and Montreal West all for the low price of $3.75 then this bus is for you.

Once the 356 makes its way into downtown Montreal the bus travels along Sherbrooke Avenue with the final stop at Frontenac Metro Station on the Green Line 1. The 356 also stops a block away from multiple Green Line stations that are downtown. Visit STM’s 365 page for more information.

Fastest: STM 747 Express Bus

Operating 24/7 365 days a year Société de transport de Montréal (STM)’s 747 bus runs from YUL to the Montreal Coach Terminal (Gare d'autocars de Montréal) with stops at Berri-UQAM Metro Station, Lionel-Groulx Metro Station and streetside in the downtown Montreal core. The STM 747 bus is by far the fastest and most direct route to downtown Montreal. Travel time is approximately 45-70 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Wifi and USB outlets are available onboard to connect with friends & family as you settle in to Montreal. Luggage storage is available via racks but only take what you can carry.

Fare is $12 cash or purchase an OPUS card for unlimited travel during a period that best suits you. Learn more about the 747 Express Bus here.

Coming Soon: REM A2 Train

Long overdue, the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), will take travellers from Montreal Airport to Montreal Central Station (Gare Centrale) via a newly built light rail line that will run under Mont Royal. Learn more about the rail line to connect YUL to downtown Montreal here.

Planned opening date is 2027.

Note:

While VIA Rail (Canada’s National Rail agency) does have a train station (Dorval Station) a short distance away accessible via free shuttle bus it is not possible to purchase tickets from Dorval Station to Montreal Central Station. You can only travel westward. VIA Rail Canada is a good option if your final destination is west of Montreal such as Ottawa or eastern Ontario.

All fares are accurate as of May 2024.

Happy travelling everyone!

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How To Get From Toronto Airport To Downtown

by Vandvoyage

2 min read

Congratulations! You’ve landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ). But now comes the tough part, getting from the airport to downtown Toronto.

Here at Vand Voyage, we want to offer you the opportunity to consider multiple options before you head out. While, UP Express is by default the best option (who doesn’t love a comfortable train to take you from the airport right into downtown Union Station?) Consider some other more adventurous routes the next time you’re travelling into the city from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto.

Here are your options for how to get from Toronto’s Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto. Whether you are taking the train from the city; an airport shuttle to the TTC Subway or ride share such as Uber or Taxi. We have you covered.

Cheapest: TTC 900 Airport Shuttle Express.

Most Private: Taxi/ Ride share

Undoubtedly, the most expensive option from our list but the most private. Uber & Lift offer transportation services from the airport, but expect to pay top-dollar for reaching that destination outside of the downtown core. And fyi, Luxury Limo service is at a premium.

Fastest: UP Express

By far the fastest and most comfortable ride to downtown Toronto. The Union Pearson Express (UP Express) whisks travellers from Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson Airport to Toronto’s intermodal Union Station. All in 25 minutes! The station at Pearson Airport’s Terminal 1 connects with Terminal Link, Pearson Airport’s rapid transit connection to Terminal 3 and Viscount Station (ALT Hotel and Value Parking Garage). So if you’re coming from Terminal 1, ride the train between terminals for a seamless connection to UP Express.

If your destination isn’t quite downtown, UP Express offers 2 intermediate stops: Weston Station and Bloor Station. The latter, Bloor Station offers a short walking connection to Dundas West Subway Station for Line 2 to travel across the city. Weston Station, located in the aforementioned up-coming neighbourhood, features scenic views of the Humber River as you roll into the Staton. It should also be worth noting that you can catch the TTC 52 Lawrence West bus from Weston Station.

Note: Prices are accurate as of April 2024.

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