Travel Advisory:
As of March 15, 2016, travellers with passports from eTA-required countries who enter Canada by air will need an eTA. 

The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

Applying for an eTA is a simple and inexpensive ($7 Canadian) online process that will take just a few minutes. Most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within minutes of submitting the online form. 

If you need an eTA, you should:

• get it when you plan your trip – do not wait for the last minute to apply (see Travel documents), and
• travel to Canada with the passport you used to get your eTA.

Find out if you need an eTA.
Travel to Vancouver:

If arriving by air, use Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States. For an estimate of how long it might take to fly to Vancouver, see our international flying times map in the Tourism Vancouver
map section.

Air Canada airline is the best choice to Vancouver with the most non-stop flights and access from over 190 cities worldwide.

If you’re flying into Vancouver from a short-haul, domestic destination such as Victoria or other parts of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or Whistler, you can also travel via scheduled floatplane or helicopter services. Both offer departures from downtown Vancouver, or from Richmond—close to YVR.


Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, accesses Vancouver from points east. Allow 4 hours from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, 12 hours from Calgary, and five days from Montreal. If you’re arriving in Vancouver from Victoria or Vancouver Island, you’ll need to use a BC Ferries vessel across the Strait of Georgia to the mainland. Vancouver is only three hours north of Seattle. Take the Interstate 5, which becomes Highway 99 at the United States-Canada border.


Pacific Central Station is the terminus for both VIA Rail and Amtrak trains, and is located just east downtown Vancouver at Main and Terminal streets.