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Best way to travel to Whistler?

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Coming from the lower 48, what's the best way to get there? Fly to Seattle or Vancouver? And from either, rent a car or is there a convenient shuttle service?

Thanks!

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Unless there is a huge savings in cost, fly to Vancouver. Saves quite a bit of driving, avoids any hassle related to taking a rental car across the border, and the airport border crossing should be much easier than land.

I don't know if there are many transport options from Seattle, but you have a few choices from YVR. A car isn't needed in the village of whistler, especially if you are close to the pedestrian section. Even if you are a bit further from the action, public transportation seems to be pretty good.

In many cases the shuttle will be less expensive than renting a car, but it depends on the length of the trip and size of your group.

I visited Whistler last week (drove). I stayed in squamish, so I drove to the hill each day, but I didn't use my car to get around Whistler itself.
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Depending on where you're starting from Bellingham might be an option.  If you come from an Allegiant served airport it is quite inexpensive.  You would need to rent a car, though and cross the border by land, which isn't much of a problem unless you bring one with you.

 

Last fall we flew direct from B'ham to Las Vegas for a bit less than $100 each way.  Similar fares are available from San Diego, Phoenix, and some other places.  Lots of Canadians use Bellingham because the prices are so much cheaper.

 

If price isn't much of a concern I agree that flying to Vancouver and taking a shuttle to W/B is the way to go.

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Unless there is a huge savings in cost, fly to Vancouver. Saves quite a bit of driving, avoids any hassle related to taking a rental car across the border, and the airport border crossing should be much easier than land.

I don't know if there are many transport options from Seattle, but you have a few choices from YVR. A car isn't needed in the village of whistler, especially if you are close to the pedestrian section. Even if you are a bit further from the action, public transportation seems to be pretty good.

In many cases the shuttle will be less expensive than renting a car, but it depends on the length of the trip and size of your group.

I visited Whistler last week (drove). I stayed in squamish, so I drove to the hill each day, but I didn't use my car to get around Whistler itself.


What's the best shuttle from Vancouver to whistler, if anyone out there actually has experience with them. I will be traveling alone. I'm not that interested in driving if I don't have to. Thx!

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Are you leaving from the airport or the city? 

I took EpicRides and it was very efficient both in price and time.  https://epicrides.ca/

 

However I was also staying in vancouver downtown the prior 2 days, and then to Whistler resort the morning corresponding to the shuttle.

If you have a arrival timing that doesn't match, then you might need a different bus.

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I went to Whistler in early December, and loved flying into Vancouver and then taking the shuttle. We were in Whistler in 2 hours, and then no car necessary at all in town. I was on Whistler Connections- and had a minivan on the way up, and coach bus on the way down. Both were super comfortable and nice. They also have many many shuttles a day, so when we got to YVR, we ended up missing our shuttle because one of my friends had to wait a while for her luggage. So we just got the next one. Good experience overall.

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