The Whistler bound reader will be happy to learn that getting to Whistler is actually pretty easy. It takes a little while, but the reason people head that way north of Vancouver in the first place is precisely to get away from it all. Needless to say that some effort is required.
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is not actually in Vancouver if one wants to get technical. Instead it is in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. The point is barely worth making though because the city of Vancouver starts just north of the airport.
The first step in getting to Whistler from Vancouver is to pick your mode of transportation. At the Vancouver Airport there are plenty of rental car kiosks if that is your choice, but renting a car is by no means necessary. Should you elect to then follow these simple numbered instructions.
(1) There is only one way out of the airport so take that road heading east. It is called Grant MacConachie Way (watch your speed limit). Stay to the left hand side but do not turn at any point.
(2) After only a couple of minutes you will hook through no effort of your own into SW Marine Drive and you head north a bit and cross the Arthur Laing bridge.
(3) While crossing the bridge get into the right hand lane and you will be forced to exit. That exit will turn into Granville Street which is also Highway 99, which is also known as the Sea to Sky Highway.
(4) Never ever turn off Highway 99.
The only tricky part is that Highway 99 also goes by Seymour Street or W. Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.
(5) Once at Seymour Street you turn left on W. Georgia Street and head north again.
Should you get lost at any point downtown, then simply ask someone for instructions to the Lion’s Gate Bridge as that roadway is Highway 99 as well.
(6) After you cross the Lion’s Gate Bridge take the ramp after a minute onto Marine Drive, then take a right onto Taylor Way after a minute.
(7) Turn left at Highway 99 again, which is also overlaps with Highway 1, the Trans-Canada, at that point.
Stay heading north until you get past Squamish and into Whistler. This whole trip takes about two hours depending on traffic.
If you are not planning on renting a car then you need to locate the Pacific Central station where the buses operate out of. Take the public transit bus airporter from the airport to its drop-off point. This will only take a minutes or so and there is only one bus to take called the 424 Airport station. Where that bus stops (everyone will get off) transfer to 98 Burrard Station B-Line.
Try to stay close to the driver and tell him that you want to go to Seymour Street and West Georgia street. He will let you know when you are there but for your own sake it is in downtown Vancouver. It can take about half an hour to forty minutes in traffic.
Locate the nearby Skytrain station known as Granville Skytrain station with street signs or by asking the driver, or any Vancouverite. At the Granville Skytrain station head south to Main Skytrain station. The Pacific Central Station will be unmissable from that station.
Then it is just a matter of proceeding to the customer service agents and buying your ticket to Whistler which can be priced out here: www.greyhound.ca. It should not cost more than $25-$30 CAD.