Car hire at Vancouver Airport
Car hire at Vancouver Airport
Vancouver Airport (YVR) is unusual in that it is located on an island, but is the second busiest airport in Canada. It is situated 13 km from the city of Vancouver, which you can drive to in around 20 minutes under usual traffic conditions. To do so, drive along route 99 and cross several of the bridges that join the islands together.
What I need to know
With more than half a dozen companies to choose from, Vancouver Airport car rental will have the right vehicle to suit you. Whether you are looking for a small car for yourself or something larger to take the whole family in, there is plenty of choice. Be sure to compare car hire with the Holiday Autos site to get the best deal.
Where to pick up my car
There are car rental companies that offer vehicle pick-up on-site at Vancouver Airport, as well as a selection that require you to take a shuttle bus to where they’re parked. For those on-site, you only need to walk a short distance from the terminal building to find them on the ground floor of the car park.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Vancouver has around a dozen different neighbourhoods and by hiring a car, you’ll be able to explore all of them. From the high-rise modernity of Coal Harbour on the water’s edge to the historic charm and independent vibe that is Gastown, each and every area of the city has its own atmosphere.
Nearby Vancouver Airport
Not far from Vancouver Airport is Abbotsford, which is described as a city in the country. This reflects the fact that it acts as a convenient base to explore the many outdoor activities of Fraser Valley. Alternatively, Burnaby is another city with plenty to offer, complete with a mountainous backdrop and several parks and lakes.
It may take an hour and three quarters driving along the Trans-Canada Highway to get to Harrison Hot Springs, but you’ll be glad you made the journey. Consisting of five pools fed by natural heated, mineral rich water, it’s ideal for a relaxing escape. If skiing is your thing, then a two-hour drive will get you to the resort of Whistler, where 200 marked runs await.
Eating and drinking
Food in Vancouver has the dual benefits of including produce from the sea and bounty from inland British Columbia. The Gastown neighbourhood is widely considered to have the best array of restaurants, while getting out into the area surrounding Vancouver in your car is also likely to reward you with some great finds.
Things to do
Among the top things to do in Vancouver are exploring its outdoor spaces, including going to the beach. For something a little different, take the cable car up Grouse Mountain and enjoy the views of the entire area. Alternatively, head to one of the city’s museums or the aquarium marine science centre, which is great for the whole family.
Vancouver’s sights are incredible varied, meaning you’ll certainly find something to pique your interest. The Capilano Suspension Bridge dates back to 1889, but this 137-m long walkway above the trees gives you as much excitement and insight into animal life as the day it was built. If you’re a sports fan, then the 50,000 capacity BC Place stadium with its retractable roof will be on your list of places to visit.
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