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Understanding the Prices of Toronto-Vancouver Train Tickets

Traveling by train between Toronto and Vancouver is a great way to experience the beauty of Canada. With stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, lush forests, and picturesque lakes, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to take the train for their journey. But before you book your tickets, it’s important to understand the prices of Toronto-Vancouver train tickets. Here’s what you need to know.

Factors That Affect Price

The cost of a Toronto-Vancouver train ticket will depend on several factors. The most important factor is when you plan to travel. Generally speaking, tickets are more expensive during peak travel times such as summer and holidays. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, you may be able to find cheaper fares. Additionally, the type of ticket you purchase will also affect the price. For example, economy tickets are usually cheaper than business class tickets.

Discounts and Special Offers

There are several ways to save money on Toronto-Vancouver train tickets. Many rail companies offer discounts for students, seniors, and military personnel. Additionally, some companies offer special promotions throughout the year that can help reduce costs. It’s also worth checking online for any special offers or deals that may be available at certain times of the year.

Booking in Advance

It’s always a good idea to book your Toronto-Vancouver train ticket in advance if possible. This will give you more time to compare prices and find the best deal for your budget. Additionally, booking in advance will ensure that you get a seat on the train as seats can fill up quickly during peak times.

Overall, understanding the prices of Toronto-Vancouver train tickets is essential if you want to save money on your journey. By taking into account factors such as when you plan to travel and what type of ticket you purchase, as well as taking advantage of discounts and special offers, you can ensure that you get the best deal possible for your trip.

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Can You Do a Day Trip to Whistler by Train?

Views of Whistler valley from Whistler Blackcomb mountain hikes

Given the proximity to Vancouver and the scenic route to Whistler village along the Sea to Sky Highway, people often wonder “Can you do a day trip to Whistler by train?” At the time of writing this (January 2023), there is not a way to take a train from Vancouver to Whistler for the day. However, you can travel by train as part of a longer journey OR do a day trip by other means.

Whistler Train Options

The Rocky Mountaineer train offers luxury train experiences in North America during the summer months. This is a great way to visit Whistler by train. You depart their North Vancouver train station and follow the railway tracks all the way along the Coast Mountains. You’ll pass Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Porteau Cove Provincial Park at Howe Sound, followed by Britannia Mine Museum, and Stawamus Chief and Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.

From here, the elevation gain increases and you’ll start to see mountain peaks as you get closer to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the best ski resorts in western Canada. You will spend the night in Whistler and have free time to explore all the best things to do. Some good options are an easy hike like Train Wreck , the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and Cloudraker suspension bridge . Or you can opt for a short walk around Lost Lake or Green Lake . Your tour guide will also have a lot of good options on how to see this amazing place.

The next day, your train trip will continue. You’ll make your way through British Columbia to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. For details of what’s included in your Rocky Mountain train trip, check out the Rainforest to Gold Rush experience. You can end your trip in Jasper or continue to one of Canada’s most recognized national parks, Banff National Park. Here you can experience amazing places like the iconic Lake Louise and the historical town of Banff.

Whistler Day Trips

Private vehicle.

Whether you have your own car or opt to rent one, you can easily do a road trip to Whistler. If you’re travelling between November 1 and April 30, just ensure your car has winter tires as it is required by law (not all car rentals have them).

The drive time from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler is about 2 and a half hours. From downtown Vancouver, you’ll want to give yourself about 2 hours. Whistler is a year-round destination however winter weekends are definitely the peak times to visit this resort town. You’ll want to adjust your travel time around this.

If you are driving your own vehicle, enjoy the views of the mountain ranges as you cross Lions Gate Bridge and make your way up the scenic highway. A great place to stop and stretch your legs is Britannia Beach or Shannon Falls Provincial Park. When you’re travelling with a private vehicle, the best parking area is the Whistler Daylots. It is central and a good place to access all areas of Whistler village.

Shuttle Service

If you don’t have experience driving in winter weather conditions, the best way to get to Whistler is with one of the bus services. Epic Rides offers shuttle service directly from downtown Vancouver to Whistler and Skylynx provides daily service from Vancouver airport and city center to Whistler.

Looking for more details on how to get to Whistler? I have a blog post about it HERE.

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Vancouver to Whistler: Get there by Bus, Plane, Train, or Car

Wondering how to get a from Vancouver to Whistler? Do not worry, there are not a million options, so it is not actually very difficult. In this post I have provided all of the options when it comes to getting from Vancouver to Whistler. Each type of transport then has further information on how to book or how to travel to Whistler from Vancouver.

What are the options to get from Vancouver to Whistler?

There are several ways to get to Whistler from Vancouver at any time during the year. They are pretty stright forward. Below you will see the following transportation options:

Bus from Vancouver to Whistler

  • Train from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Tour from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Flights from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Driving from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Tours from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Taxis from Vancouver to Whistler
  • Uber / Lyft from Vancouver to Whistler

How far is it from Vancouver to Whistler?

Depending where you are in the city, it is about 120 kilometers from Vancouver to Whistler. The average car trip takes a little under 2 hours. Most of the trip is highway-style driving. It is a coastal, mountain route with lots of hill and turns.

There are several companies that offer shuttle and coach services to get guests from Vancouver to Whistler by bus. They need to be booked in advance.

Shuttle Service from YVR to Whistler

There is s shuttle bus service from Vancouver International Airport to Whistler. This bus to Whistler from Vancouver is based on your flight arrival and can be as early as 7:30am and runs until 10:00pm in the winter and 8:00 pm in the Spring and Fall. The size of the vehicle depends on the volume of guests who have booked this service.

This service has several drop-off points at the major hotels and condos in Whistler. If you are off the beaten track, there may be a dropoff surcharge.

Vancouver Airport to Whistler by Bus

If you are coming into Vancouver Airport you do not need to go into the city to get to Whistler. You can take an airport pickup from Whistler Sky linx here . It also stops in Squamish if you do not need to go all the way to Whistler!

BOOK HERE: YVR to Whistler Shuttle Bus

Whistler Sky Linx

Whistler Sky Linx offers coach service with free wifi and charging ports. It picks up at Vancouver Airport and outside the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver. Kids under 6 ride free.


Whistler Ski Bus

Whistler Ski Bus offers pickup from Richmond Airport hotels, Vancouver Airport and Vancouver City Stops. It takes around 2.5 hours depending on where you get on and whether or not you want to get off in Whistler Creekside or the Whistler Bus Station in the Village

Epic Rides Whistler bus from Vancouver

Epic Rides offers a quick way to travel to Whistler by bus. Pickup is from Burrard Station in Vancouver to the Whistler bus loop. Epic allows unlimited luggage and gear (including bikes in the summer months).

Private Car and limo Service from Vancouver to Whistler

These private transfers offer a luxurious ride along the Sea to Sky Highway and are a hassle-free way to get all of your gear and your group to the mountains. Choose from either a private car for up to three guests a private SUV that seats as many as 6, or a Mercedes Sprinter Van equipped with a gear bay, providing enough ceiling height for skis to stand upright and protected. You can also get a stretch limo if you are looking to travel in style. Whatever option you choose, just sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about taxi meters.


Road Trip from Vancouver to Whistler

When I get asked how to get to Whistler from Vancouver my answer is always that it is quite easy and takes a little under 2 hours. As long as you are a confident driver, once you are out of the city, the Sea to Sky highway offers stunning scenery and one of the most beautiful drives in British Columbia.

Driving to Whistler from Vancouver in winter can be more of a challenge, but overall it is still safe. If there is snow in Vancouver (which is unlikely) then you will have a snowy drive the whole way. If there is no snow in the city you may still encounter snow along North Vancouver and the Sea to Sky. You will definitely see snow once you get close to Whistler. Note that you must have winter tires or carry chains from Oct 1st to March 31st on the Sea to Sky Highway.

If you are planning on renting a car on your trip to British Columbia, you can get a quote on renting a car here.

From Vancouver to Whistler route map

The actual route to Whistler is straightforward. You will need to cross the Fraser into either North Vancouver or West Vancouver. If you cross at Stanly Park you are already on Highway 99 and will just stay on that highway all the way to Whistler. If you get onto Highway 1 and cross the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge you will then travel through North Vancouver on Highway 1 until it meets Highway 99 in West Vancouver.

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Vancouver Whistler Train

One of the most popular searches for getting to Whistler is by train. However, since 2015 this service has been suspended. However, there is a train that goes from Vancouver to Whistler, it is part of a larger three-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. It is called the Rainforest to Gold Rush Classic Route. You cannot book just part of the journey, unfortunately. It starts in Vancouver and makes stops in Whistler, Quesnel, and ends in Jasper, Alberta.

Rocky Mountaineer train in the station in Vancouver

Taxi Service to Whistler

Resort Cabs offers service from Vancouver Airport to Whistler and from Whistler to Vancouver. Book ahead!

Flying to Whistler

Float Plane service is available from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Airport to Whistler. The floatplane lands on Green Lake just 3km from Whistler City Centre. Between May and September, fly from Vancouver Airport or downtown Victoria to Whistler on Harbour Air. A free shuttle will take you from Green Lake to the village.

If you only have time for the day, you can take a float plane for a round trip to Whistler.


Helicopter Service to Whistler

Did you know you can take a helicopter from Vancouver to Whistler? You can fly from either the south terminal at Vancouver Airport or downtown Vancouver. It lands at Whistler Heliport. The rate is $3375 plus taxes for up to 5 people.

Vancouver to Whistler on a Tour

One of the popular options to see Whistler on a day trip is on a tour. Here are a few tour options for those looking to see Whistler.

FULL-DAY PRIVATE TOUR: This tour picks up at your hotel or cruise terminal. It offers stops at Britannia Mine (entrance fee not included), Sea-To-Sky gondola (entrance fee not included), and a short hike to Brandywine Falls. Enjoy about 4 hours of free time at the village in Whistler before heading back to Vancouver.

FULL-DAY GROUP TOUR: This tour is a small group in a coach bus. It picks up from Vancouver and Richmond Hotels. Enjoy ample time in Whistler to shop, dine, or take in optional excursions such as ziplining (entrance fee not included), The Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre (entrance fees not included), or other winter or summer activities. On the drive home, see Shannon Falls, British Columbia’s third-highest waterfall. Your excursion concludes back at your departure point in the evening.

FAQ about How to get to Whistler from Vancouver

Yes, you can do a day trip from Vancouver to Whistler. Depending where you are in the city, it is a little under 2 hours driving time. There are also float plane options in the summer. Note that if you are not driving, you will have to stick to a schedule of the planes or busses. Th best way to do a daytrip from Vancouver to Whistler is to drive yourself.

The Sea to Sky highway, which is the main road from North Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler has claimed many lives over the years. Most of them have been drivers who have crossed the center line or drivers who have left the road and hit the mountain. The biggest factor in most of the crashes on the Sea to Ski highway is speed. It is a beautiful drive with windy roads. Drivers need to pay attention to the road and pay attention to the speed limits. Safety improvements have been made over the last decade and most of the highway now has a centre barrier which has almost eliminated head on collisions on the highway.

Yes, there is a train but it is part of a larger journey to Alberta. It stops in Whistler and then continues on to Quesnel and Jasper.

The drive from Vancouver to Whistler shows some of the most stunning West Coast scenery. There are plenty of options for stops along the way including Squamish, Britannia Mine, hiking the Chief and Shannon Falls, the Sea to Sky Gondola, the Train Wreck Whistler Hike, and more.

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Where to Stay in Whistler

LUXURY: Four Seasons Whistler

MIDRANGE: Delta Hotel Whistler or Aava Hotel Whistler  

BUDGET:  Pangea Pod Hotel  

Packing Tips for Whistler

If you are planning to visit Whistler in the winter, you are going to want to pack for snow! Bring good waterproof ski gloves, a toque, a winter coat and some good lip balm/chap stick. Read more in this extensive Whistler Packing List

If you are visiting Whistler in the summer, bring a bathing suit, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat!

Holiday Travel to Whistler

Are you planning on visiting Whistler over Christmas? Read this guide to Whistler at Christmas.

Renting a Car in British Columbia

Rental Cars are very popular in British Columbia. There is just so much to see and there is not a train or bus network outside of Metro Vancouver or Victoria. If you plan on leaving Vancouver and want to see even the local ski hills, I suggest a rental car. You can get a rental car before you arrive.

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Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com  which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!

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Information About Riding the Train to Whistler from Vancouver, BC

As of 2015 the train from Vancouver to Whistler has been suspended.

For a nice way to relax and enjoy the scenic journey from Vancouver to Whistler, consider the new Whistler train called the Mountaineer!  The highway to Whistler is a windy and at times narrow road to drive on. So a safe and great way to travel from Vancouver to Whistler is by train. And the Whistler Mountaineer has quickly become one of the best daytrips from Vancouver.

If you don't have the time or money for a full rail tour of the Canadian Rockies, this is a good option. For sightseeing, you'll see the rugged Pacific Coast mountains, fjord-like inlets and bays, waterfalls, and maybe even some Canadian wildlife such as eagles, seals, mountain lions and bears!

Here's some details about the Vancouver to Whistler train journey on the Whistler Mountaineer

Scenic Train to Whistler: Info

Time: 3 hours each way

Distance: 115 km

Where does it depart from: North Vancouver Rail Depot (distance from downtown Vancouver: about 30 minutes by car/taxi. Downtown Vancouver hotel pick-ups are available)

Where does it arrive: Whistler Rail Station, on Lake Placid Drive, Whistler Creekside.

What do you see along the way? Scenic views of Capilano River, West Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay, Howe Sound, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Cheakamus Canyon.

How much does it cost: regular Coast Classic fare is $129 one way and $219 return. Glacier glass-domed cars: $329 return.

Meals: While there is no dinner served on the train, the mountaineer has a light meal service in Coast Classic. The Glacier Domed cars serve a hot breakfast on the way up to Whistler in the morning, and sandwiches on the trip back to the city.

How do I get tickets: Best Deals on The Rocky Mountaineer Train  or order tickets by phone 604-606-7245, or on the web at rockymountaineer.com .

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Information about train from Vancouver to Whistler Village . The great state of railways and its reliability make the train one of the safest transportation systems to travel the distance that separates in train Vancouver and Whistler Village.

During the travel by train from Vancouver to Whistler Village passengers can relax. Other reason for choosing train to travel from Vancouver to Whistler Village is the price, because the price of the train ticket is only $20 CAD. This price is approximated and the train company could change it. Ask to the train company in order to get the oficial information.

According to our database, there is a direct train route between Vancouver and Whistler Village . Don't miss it! Take a look to the available schedules and use the calendar to choose the day that suits you better.


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Frequently asked questions

How can i get cheap train tickets to go from vancouver to whistler village.

If you want to get cheap train tickets from Vancouver to Whistler Village we recommend that you book in advance as the best Greyhound Canada tickets sell out fast.The cheapest ticket is usually $20 CAD and the most expensive one to go to Whistler Village is approximately $22 CAD. .

What time is the first train from Vancouver?

The first train leaves at 07:30 from Vancouver and costs $22 CAD while the last one arriving at Whistler Village costs $22 CAD and it is at 10:15.

What companies can help me on my trip?

The companies that can help you are: Greyhound Canada.

How can I get ticket refund on Greyhound Canada?

Each company has its rules and depending on the ticket, price, and offer different refund policies apply. We recommend that you contact the company where you bought the ticket to get a solution.

How far is Vancouver from Whistler Village?

The approximate distance between the two places is 108 km. With the route we propose, it will take approximately 2h 15m.

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Take the train to Whistler and the Rockies

Peaks, valleys, and emerald-green lakes will fill your camera's memory card as you travel by train to the Canadian Rockies from the West Coast. Explore Whistler, Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper.

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2.5 days on the Rocky Mountaineer 

Travel from vancouver and whistler to the canadian rockies, see the beautiful alpine village of whistler , enjoy an icefields parkway scenic tour, walk on glaciers, millions of years old, unique choice of tours in jasper and banff national parks, top experiences and features.

The Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Seton Lake on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route.

Enjoy Rocky Mountaineer's longer route

Two couples enjoying breakfast together in the GoldLeaf dining room

Eat in the dining car with GoldLeaf service

Downtown Whistler Village in autumn

Discover Whistler

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Stay in Lake Louise

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Take a Jasper sidecar motorcycle tour

Family hike at Johnston Canyon

Spend time in Banff National Park

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Find out what is included in your trip and have all your questions answered. We are here to help.

What’s Included

Frequently asked questions, is this an escorted tour.

Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.

This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

Where do I stay on my trip?

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

On some trips, I see hotels referred to as Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe. What is that?

On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.

Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.

Our Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.

In Deluxe Level hotels, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget.

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need

Am I on the train the whole time?

Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

What is the Rocky Mountaineer experience like?

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You’ll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

Trip Itinerary

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver, one of the world's most beautiful cities, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start. We’ve taken care of every detail — from your excursions to the best dining experiences. 

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver welcomes you to the city. 

Dine at one of our favourite harbourside restaurants. Watch seaplanes land and enjoy views of the North Shore Mountains.

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler

Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the start of a three-day train journey to the Canadian Rockies. Today, travel from ‘sea to sky’ on your way to Whistler. 

  • Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station

In GoldLeaf, you have assigned seats in a top-level dome car with panoramic views and access to an outdoor viewing platform. Gourmet meals are served in the dining room below, and Rocky Mountaineer’s friendly staff entertain you along the way.  

Enjoy spectacular views of towering volcanic peaks and coastal rainforest on this world record-breaking gondola.

This four-hour tour features four delicious courses at award-winning Whistler restaurants. 

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Whistler to Quesnel

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Whistler to Quesnel

Another day of your train journey begins as you re-board the Rocky Mountaineer. Travel into the sprawling wilderness of British Columbia and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Spend the night in the small town of Quesnel.

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Quesnel to Jasper

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Quesnel to Jasper

Return to your home on the rails — the Rocky Mountaineer train. This is the day you’ve been waiting for, the day you travel through the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in the town of Jasper this evening.

  • Motorcoach Transfer to Hotel

Explore Jasper National Park

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park — the largest park in the Canadian Rockies — is one of our favourite destinations. Spend the day exploring Canada’s most authentic mountain town where the wild never left the wilderness.

Admire the stunning alpine landscape on a guided Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour. Explore Maligne Canyon, Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, or Mount Edith Cavell. 

Watch for wildlife on this mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, then cruise to picturesque Spirit Island. 

  • Jasper E-Bike Food Tour

Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Travel along the spine of the Rockies on one of the most beautiful routes in the world — the Icefields Parkway. Watch for cascading waterfalls, dramatic peaks and local wildlife, like mountain goats, elk and bears.

Travel along the Icefields Parkway on this full-day tour. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

Explore the Icefields Parkway at your own pace with a private guide. Stop to soar over Cline Pass in a helicopter. 

Morning in Lake Louise and Travel to Banff

Morning in Lake Louise and Travel to Banff

Spend the morning in Lake Louise. Whether the sun is shining on the water or an ethereal mist hangs over the surrounding peaks and glaciers, the magic of this place is unmistakable. 

  • Lake Louise to Banff Sightseeing Transfer

Explore Banff National Park

Explore Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air as you head out for a day of exploration in Banff National Park.

Discover the fascinating history, art and architecture of the Fairmont Banff Springs while sampling sumptuous food curated by one of the hotel's culinary masters. 

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Rimrock Resort Hotel

Built into the side of a mountain, the Rimrock Resort Hotel sits high above Banff town and provides guests with spectacular views of the Bow River Valley. Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Banff Gondola are a short walk from the hotel, while other attractions are minutes away by car.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Located in Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, a sparkling turquoise lake, and the impressive Victoria Glacier. Explore the area’s outstanding beauty on horseback, or paddle on the lake in a canoe.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Nestled within Alberta’s magnificent Jasper National Park, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and plenty of wildlife. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, world-class golf course, and award-winning spa.

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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Situated in downtown Vancouver, the Fairmont Waterfront offers spectacular views of the Burrard Inlet and Coastal Mountains. The hotel is close to the cruise ship terminal, convention centre, and historic Gastown.

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Train Trip from Vancouver to Whistler

Departure & Return Location

North Vancouver

Departure Time

10 am  &  3 pm

Price Includes

  • Round trip train fares
  • 1 Nights Hotel Accomodation (3 stars)
  • Peak to Peak Gondola fee included
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

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  • Train Service Fee
  • Hotel Room Service Fees


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What to Expect

Spectacular sceneries along with the coastal line to Squmish and Whistler Snowy mountains 

  • hot drinks and beer
  • boys and girls
  • musics and bar
  • foods from around the world

Day 1 Arrive in North Vancouver by bus

We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Canada Place for a “Vancouver to Whistler Train trip” meeting. Then we’ll take you to the bus to ride you to the North Vancouver Train Station, and get on board the train with all together. Sleep in a hotel (1 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2 Arrive in Whistler

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3 Checking in your hotel

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4 peak to Peak

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5 Lost lake Snow walk

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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How to Get to Whistler, BC (Updated 2023/2024 Season)

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If you are traveling to Whistler, you’ll need to know how to get here. Whether you want to hop on a bus from YVR to Whistler, book a private shuttle service for you and your crew, or want to splurge on a chartered flight — here is everything you need to know about how to get to Whistler.

The last thing that anyone wants to endure is the stress accompanied by travel (especially lugging around  tons of outdoor gear ). So let’s alleviate your anxieties with a complete travel guide on getting to Whistler. 

Where is Whistler, Canada?

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If you have the means, driving the sea to sky highway is a great option

Whistler is located on the west coast of Canada, roughly two hours north of Vancouver and 45 minutes south of Pemberton. 

Our picture-perfect mountain resort is nestled between British Columbia’s rugged coastal mountain range. It is surrounded by coastal rainforests, alpine terrain, and of course, our world-class snow-capped peaks. 

Most people traveling to Whistler arrive via Vancouver, either on the TransCanada Highway or Vancouver’s international airport (YVR).

If you are traveling to Whistler from the US border, you’ll likely cross at Peace Arch, about two hours north of Seattle. Whistler is a straight drive from Seattle and takes between five to seven hours, traffic and border wait times dependant.

If you travel to Whistler by road, you’ll find yourself on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99 aka the TransCanada Highway). This is a stretch of highway between Vancouver and Whistler, climbs from the sea into the mountains. It’s one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world.

Whistler is 135 km from Vancouver, but this mountain town is very well situated. Not only is Whistler located along a major highway, but it’s serviced by several shuttle companies, a stop on the Rocky Mountaineer, and home to both a floatplane and helicopter base. 

How to get from Vancouver to Whistler via Highway 99

Are you driving to Whistler? Thankfully, once you are on the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), it’s a straight shot from North Vancouver to the mountains. 

  • From Downtown Vancouver, head North on Georgia Street. 
  • Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and continue on Highway 99, which follows Marine Drive and Taylor Way. Then it connects back with the TransCanada Highway. There will be signs for Whistler along the route.
  • Drive North on Highway 99 (Trans Canada) for roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes (120 km).
  • Turn right on the Village Gate Blvd. 
  • Welcome to Whistler!
Hot Travel Tip: The Sea to Sky Highway is exposed to all weather conditions for much of the drive. In the Fall and Winter, expect torrential rain in North and West Vancouver heading into Squamish. Be prepared for low visibility and pooling water along the road. You’ll also need snow tires for the northern portion of the highway heading into Whistler in winter. This is your legal responsibility, and there are often tire checks by the RCMP along route — especially on busy days.

What Airport Do You Fly Into for Whistler Canada?

The closest airport to Whistler is YVR, located in Vancouver, Canada. The airport is approximately a 2.5-hour drive (135km) to Whistler, along highway 99, also known as the sea to sky highway. 

At the airport, you’ll find several major car rental companies, private luxury taxi options, as well as connections to Whistler shuttle busses. Prefer to fly to Whistler? Harbour Air and Blackcomb Helicopter are nearby.

How Do You Get to Whistler, Without a Car?

What if you are one of the many visitors to Whistler that don’t have their own vehicle? You have many options, ranging in price from $25 one way for a shuttle service to thousands for a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter charter.

Let’s break all the options down.

How to get to Whistler from Vancouver by Bus

Is there a bus to Whistler? Unfortunately, although it’s been a hotly debated topic for many years, there is no rapid transit nor public transit between Vancouver and Whistler. 

That means, if you want to travel to Whistler by bus, you’ll need to travel through a private bus shuttle service. 

The good news? There are several excellent companies to choose from:

Skylynx operates a scheduled daily shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport, Downtown Vancouver, and Whistler. Depending on the season, the Skylynx runs between four to six times a day.

YVR Skylynx also offers door-to-door service in Whistler to drop you off at your final hotel, hitting many major local hotels.

The baggage policy allows each passenger to have one piece of luggage along with one set of skis, snowboards, or a bike and an item of hand luggage. Additional luggage is subject to a surcharge.

  • Prices : $59 per person, one way from YVR

Whistler Rides

One of the most affordable buses from Vancouver to Whistler and vice versa, Whistler Rides departs from downtown Vancouver six times a day during the 2021/2022 season. Offering round trips for $35 and one way for $20, you will not get a bus ticket to Whistler cheaper than this.

Whistler Rides allows for one suitcase, one regular backpack, and one piece of sports gear (bikes, skis, etc.) per person. They also accommodate last-minute bookings and walk-ups, should space allow.

  • Prices : $20 per person, one way

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Epic Rides has room for you, your luggage, and your gear.

Another excellent cheap bus from YVR or Vancouver to Whistler is Epic Rides. During peak Winter season, they also offer a service from UBC campus direct to Whistler — perfect for students.

With season passes available, no charge for sports gear, and up to seven departures daily, Epic Rides is an easy, frequent, and affordable way to travel from the city to the resort.

  • Prices : $35 per person round trip from Vancouver, $55 per person round trip from Vancouver Airport

Whistler SnowBus (Aka Whistler SkiBus)

Operating during the ski season, the Whistler SkiBus (now owned by SnowBus) has been servicing tourists and locals alike since 2003. 

With an extensive pickup and drop-off list, starting at Vancouver’s airport hotels and YVR itself then flowing through Vancouver, you’ll be in Whistler in under two hours. 

The SnowBus offers multiple trips a day, ten punch passes, and season passes. Plus, they always offer free space for all your ski gear.

  • Prices : $45 one way from YVR, or $25 one way as a Snow Club Member
  • Whistler Shuttle

A locally owned and operated shuttle service operating a daily route between YVR Airport and Whistler. Unlike other buses traveling between Whistler and Vancouver, Whistler Shuttle customizes the departure times depending on the arrival times of their guests at YVR (or departure times).

Because of the nature of departure times, you must book Whistler Shuttle in advance. Helpfully, they offer door-to-door drop-off and even key pick-up for anyone renting a local condo or Airbnb. 

This more personalized service operates between 9 AM and 9 PM during peak Winter season but significantly reduces pick-up times in shoulder seasons. 

In addition, they offer several vehicle options depending on the size of your party, from a per-person shuttle, luxury sedan, minibus, and even a full-sized coach.

  • Prices : starting at $75 per person for the standard shuttle service

Private Vehicle, SUV, Limousine from Vancouver to Whistler 

Are you taveling with a group? Want a private vehicle specifically curated to your schedule? Why not hire one of the many private taxi services operating between Vancouver and Whistler.

Some of the most popular luxury private vehicle services include:

  • Whistler Van
  • Whistler Executive Transportation
  • Destiny Limousine
  • Craft Canadian Charters 

Vancouver to Whistler via Helicopter 

If you are not feeling up to the road trip, there is always the air route. This comes with an assurance of less traffic, and the aerial view is unforgettable. Scaling over mountains, rivers, glaciers, and highways, this is a commuter flight — but also a memorable one.

Blackcomb Helicopters doesn’t just offer sightseeing and wedding flights. They provide chartered flights for 1-5 people all year round. Once you schedule a pick-up from Vancouver Harbour or the Vancouver International airport, you’ll be in Whistler in no time at all. 

  • Price : Starting at $2075 (1-2 people)

Getting to Whistler via Floatplane (Seasonal)

Harbour Air operates a seasonal floatplane to Whistler, from local coastal cities like Vancouver, Richmond, and Victoria. The floatplanes operate in the warmer seasons (May to September), when there is no risk of ice over the landing strip — aka the lake.

Harbour Air lands at the dock next to the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse, at the Nicklaus Golf Course on Green lake. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the complimentary shuttle service into Whistler Village is unavailable for the 2021 season. Check back in 2022 for updates.

  • Price : Starting at $165 one way

Getting to Whistler, Canada by Train

The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxury passenger train service that runs from Vancouver to Jasper via Whistler and Quesnel. The Rainforest to Gold Rush experience takes three days. Your part of the trip, getting to Whistler, will only take 3 hours. 

While this is a purely scenic experience from Vancouver to Jasper, you’ll still have time on your first day to wander Whistler’s world-famous Village. If you want, you can even have a few hours to explore the Peak-2-Peak Gondola.

  • Price : Starting at $2,183 USD

Getting Around: Whistler Transit Options

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Locals love it. Tourists love it. Whistler’s local transit system is an excellent way to get around.

If you arrive in Whistler without your own vehicle (or the services of a hired car), never fear! There are many ways to get around town.

Walk or Cycle Along the Valley Trail

For starters, it’s easy enough to walk or cycle to most places if the weather is good, thanks to the extensive network of trails. If you have meandered along the Valley Trail yet, you have missed out. 

Whistler Public Transit

BC Transit operates a network of public buses that regularly travel between Function Junction and Emerald Estates. 

The transit buses in Whistler have bike racks that can carry two bikes at a time. Everyone brings their gear on board in the winter, so you won’t be the only one lugging your snowboard between seats.

Single tickets cost $2.50 (no change given by bus drivers), or you can save a little with a ten-ticket pass for $22.50. Bus passes are widely available at the local hostels, grocery stores, and even Meadow Park.

If you are traveling with children, you will be glad to know about the Family Travel Program. This allows an adult to travel with up to 3 children under 12 for the price of a single adult ticket.

Whistler Taxi and Ride-Hailing Services

Whistler has an excellent local taxi service, Whistler Taxi. Usually circling the Village during peak times or available via phone, Whistler Taxi is a perfect option if you don’t have your own transportation. Taxis in Whistler are metered, and you can expect a standard fair between Creekside and the Village are usually around $10.

With ride-hailing services now legal in BC, Whistle! is Whistler local’s rideshare company.  Download their local Whistle! App  to book a ride today. Whistle! Also services YVR airport for drop-offs.

Traveling to Whistler: Drive, Shuttle, Fly

Whatever your travel budget is, you have options for getting to our world-famous ski town. From the Vancouver airport, hop on any number of shuttle services, order a private taxi, or schedule a floatplane. 

Want something more luxurious? Hop the Rocky Mountaineer. Prefer fast and scenic? Blackcomb Helicopters.

Getting from Vancouver to Whistler isn’t complicated, especially when you plan in advance. Whether you are arriving by plane, train, or automobile, we can’t wait to host you.

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Great Train Ride to Whistler! Did the day trip!

We were only in Canada a short time prior to an Alaskan cruise so we decided to take the trip from Vancouver to Whistler in one day and are glad we did. We saw some great views, the service on the train was awesome and when we stopped in Whistler did the Peak to Peak Gondola ride for more great views and had lunch there and returned. It was well worth the price of admission and a great trip!

Dear loribledsoe, Thank you for your lovely comments about your day trip from Vancouver to Whistler on the Rocky Mountaineer. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the beautiful views of our Coastal Mountains and attentive service from our onboard hosts. It is also nice that you had the opportunity to go on the Peak to Peak Gondola which is always a highlight in Whistler. Thank you for sharing your feedback and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey through British Columbia and Alaska! Best regards, Marilyn

I want to premise this review with a comment about the staff on board - they were outstanding and the quality of the food provided was excellent. So why the gripe you ask? Well simply this - its the value for money aspect. We had just come off a 8 night cruise to Alaska where all the food and entertainment was supplied - plus the views etc all of which I will provide in another separate review. The Gold Class train ride consisted of two 7 hours trips and 4 gourmet meals with a hotel stop in the middle where we had to source our own meal all for the same base price as the cruise. The views whilst grand remained basically the same - so no biggies there either. Plus they managed to loose our colleagues luggage which stuffed up our following plans as we had to chase and wait for it to arrive. Another thing - whilst we had the glass top view weren't able to use it for half the time as we were shuffled downstairs for our meals. So take this for what its worth - if want to do the train trip don't waste your money on the Gold Class - take the Red Class - you get there at the same time as everyone else and the view is the same - river, trees, mountains, trees, bridges, trees, snow and more trees.....

Dear Chris S, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. I am very sorry to hear that GoldLeaf service and the views along the journey did not live up to your expectations. I am likewise very sorry to hear your colleagues experience a challenge when their luggage was misdirected. I am confident that both our Destinations and Guest Experience teams worked diligently to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, as it sounds like it was successfully recovered. If you have additional comments you would like to provide, I would appreciate hearing more about your experiences. Please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you again for your feedback and I hope you had a safe trip back to Australia. Best regards, Marilyn

My wife and I took the RM from Calgary to Vancouver in September. We had opted for the Gold Leaf Service which has a glass domed seating area above the dining area. The first day started at 6.00am and there were some delays along the line which meant we did not get to the half way hotel until late that night. It was not the fault of the host team members who did a fabulous job of keeping us all entertained, well fed and informed all the way. I pitied those in the Silver and Bronze carriages who did not have the room we enjoyed. (So if you are reading this before you book, go the extra, it's worth it!). The views are breath-taking and memorable and teaches what a huge and wonderful country Canada is.

Dear Brian60London, Thank you for your very kind words regarding your recent journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf service from Calgary to Vancouver. There are a number of reasons why many of our guests love travelling in GoldLeaf service but the added height of the bi-level car with domed windows certainly allow for the most optimal of viewing experiences. I’m very sorry to hear your journey faced delay challenges due to freight congestion, but it is wonderful to read of your appreciation of your onboard Host team who do work diligently to keep all our guests well fed and entertained. It was our pleasure to host you both onboard. Best regards, Marilyn

On Tuesday September 16th my wife and I took the 'Journey Trough the Clouds' Rocky Mountaineer trip. We boarded the train in Vancouver. We selected the Gold Leaf Service and are very glad that we did, as the views from the domed cars are fantastic and the service from the 4 attendants was excellent. The food is served in the dining area. The hot breakfast and lunch are gourmet quality. When you get off the train at the end of the day, you certainly won't be hungry. The drinks and snacks are constantly being offered in the Gold Leaf cars. At the end of day one we disembarked in Kamloops BC and stayed at the Sandman Signature hotel. Be advised that there are several hotels for the Rocky Mountaineer passengers. Day two on the train took us to Jasper, wonderful scenery. We disembarked at the train station saying goodbye to the train. The rest of the journey was to be by bus. We were taken to the Jasper Park Lodge and had two nights at the lodge. Watch out for Elk, they are everywhere and not afraid of people ;-). After leaving Jasper Park Lodge we bused southward and one of our stops was at the Columbia Ice Field where we boarded an Ice Explorer which took us to the Athabasca Glacier. There is an area that is scraped daily for the Ice Explorers to park and the passengers to take a walk on the ice. Fantastic scenery. We reached Lake Louise and checked into the Chateau Lake Louise. The view here of the Lake, mountains and Victoria Glacier is spectacular. We wished that we could have spent an extra day here. The next afternoon we left for Banff, seeing many beautiful spots along the way. We checked into the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (nicknamed the Castle). A grand hotel, very opulent. The next day we checked out and were transported to the Banff Gondola, which we took to the top (7,300'). What great views from the top lookout. After seeing other scenic locations, we headed south again. We stopped at the Kananaskis Helicopter Tours. The ride is optional, my wife had decided to not take the ride at the time we booked the trip. You are put in groups of 5-6. The ride is only 12 minutes long. Be advised that it's rather cramped inside the helicopter and unless you are in one of the outside seats forget taking pictures. Back on the bus, we headed for Calgary. We stayed at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. It is another grand Fairmont and very comfortable. The next day we boarded our plane to go home. This trip was extremely well organized by Rocky Mountaineer and all of the staff are to commended. This was a fantastic trip and we highly recommend it. Rocky Mountaineer has several trip packages. Be sure to review them all before deciding which trip is for you.

Dear JMC002, I was most delighted to read through your retelling of the seamless journey you experienced with Rocky Mountaineer and our partners, the Fairmont hotels and your Brewster's tours. Thank you for your complimentary comments regarding your onboard Host team as well as our very talented culinary Chefs who are pivotal in creating the gourmet dining experience you enjoyed. It definitely sounds like you were well cared for throughout your journey. It was our pleasure to host you onboard and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards, Marilyn

We caught the train from Banff to Vancouver, We paased through valleys and mountians throuh spectacular scenery which varied greatly as we went along. Saw Osprey, a black bear, eagles and goats along the way. We were in Goldleaf class in a glass roofed observation car with platforms outside for better photos. Staff were great. meals were served in a dining area downstairs. Saw salmon swimming upstream, beaver lodges and autumn colour and travelled along many lakes. A great trip.

Thank you for your wonderful description of your recent trip from Banff to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. I am thrilled to hear all the wildlife you encountered along the way including a black bear and mountain goats along the way. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience in our world class GoldLeaf service. The open air viewing platform is a wonderful feature for the avid photographer or just enjoying the fresh air of the Canadian Rockies. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your very kind feedback. Best regards, Marilyn

Sounded a great way to see the Rockies - how wrong we were. Delayed 10 hours the train arrived in total darkness ensuring we did not see the Rockies - and little food for the second scheduled meal. The trip is boring from the halfway stage as you have left the the mountains. Loss of timetable means loss of connectivity to follow on journeys. Staff tried to keep us cheerful but delays are a frequent occurrence apparently -as evidence by the small print on the tickets, and compensation is a reduction on your next journey with the train company which is unlikely if you are taking this journey as a one off. If your contemplating the trip be aware that delays are possible and if lengthy as ours was then the views you wanted to take the train for may not be possible.

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback regarding your trip through the Canadian Rockies. The 2014 season was a very challenging season for us with regards to delays on the rails due to heavy freight. Although we did experience some delays, to my knowledge, the Rocky Mountaineer did not experience any 10 hour delays on any of our routes. I would appreciate hearing more about your journey if you have a moment to contact us. Please email me at [email protected] so we can discuss your trip through the Canadian Rockies further. Thank you again for your comments. Best regards, Marilyn


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  5. Leave Vancouver on the Whistler Mountaineer on the Sea to Sky route

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  6. Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver to Whistler)

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  1. Whistler Bike Park

  2. Freight Train mp4

  3. Lower Freight Train

  4. Whistler Part Five Freight Train To Una Moss

  5. @train wreck whistler #viral #viralvideo

  6. Drivers Eye View : Springfield to Arthurs Pass at night in snow


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  5. Vancouver to Whistler Train

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    However, there is a train that goes from Vancouver to Whistler, it is part of a larger three-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. It is called

  7. Ride the Scenic Train to Whistler

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  11. How to Get to Whistler, BC (Updated 2023/2024 Season)

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    WHISTLER SNOWBUS operates a bus from Vancouver, BC - Burrard Skytrain to Whistler hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 2h. Five other operators

  13. Best way to do a day trip to Whistler from Vancouver

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  14. Great Train Ride to Whistler! Did the day trip!

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