August 12, 2021

There are multiple transportation options that you can use to get to your accommodations once arriving to Vancouver. Wearing a mask or face covering will be required during transportation. Use private transportation to get to your place, if possible.

Remember that you must go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada. See our Self-Isolation Guide for more information.

As of July 5, 2021 at 11:59PM ET (8:59PM PT), fully vaccinated travellers who meet certain criteria may be exempt from the requirement to quarantine.  Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information.

Transportation Options

  • Taxis

Taxis are available at taxi stands located at the International Arrivals area at YVR. There are multiple taxi companies. The taxis use a meter system so the cost will depend on the location of your accommodations. To obtain a taxi, you must proceed to the taxi area and wait in line (please respect physical distancing).

Taxis and wheelchair accessible vehicles can be found outside of the YVR building (level 2) at the taxi stands.

Please note that due to a decrease in the number of taxis during the pandemic - there might be longer than normal wait times for a taxi. An airport employee is usually on location to manage this process and to direct passengers to appropriate taxis. 

  • Ride sharing services (Uber or Lyft)

If you prefer to take a ride, Lyft and Uber are both authorized providers of Ride App services at YVR. This page provides key information for Ride App users, including FAQs and links for further information.

  • Beatons Meet and Greet

Beaton’s Meet and Greet is a student transportation service. This service has to be booked in advance through their website.  

For more information on transportation options leaving YVR, please visit the YVR website.

Vancouver International Airport/YVR

Before you arrive, view the Vancouver International Airport website to get a detailed view of the airport arrival process from the plane to the arrivals area & ground transportation. The British Columbia Visitor Centre is conveniently located inside International Arrivals and is open 24 hours a day. This centre can give you information on:

  • Transportation options to Vancouver and SFU
  • Accommodation in the area
  • Purchasing long-distance phone cards
  • Tourism information for Metro Vancouver

Living in a new city can be exciting, but also confusing at first. Get to know the transit system in Metro Vancouver to learn how to get around. Visit our Transportation page.