Cheap flights to Vancouver depart from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London, as well as from Manchester Airport. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada. International flights to Vancouver will arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Trains operated by Canada Line are available from the YVR Airport Station, connecting the airport to downtown Vancouver within thirty minutes. Aeroshuttle runs a shuttle service to various hotels in the downtown area. The shuttles are available from the Ground Transportation area of the airport. Taxis can be hired from outside the International Arrivals Greeting Area of the terminal building.
Most public transport services are operated by Translink. It manages a network of bus and trolleybus routes, as well as the Skytrain (an automated rapid transit system) and Seabus ferries. Single fares allow passengers to travel for up to 90 minutes on the different Translink services. For those planning several journeys a day, a FareSaver ticket or DayPass will help save money. Tickets and passes are available from stores spotting a FareDealer sign. Check the Translink website for route maps, timetables and fare prices. Taxis are available from several companies, and can be easily flagged down or booked in advance.
Step onto the Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions. The bridge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. The surrounding area has plenty more to keep visitors entertained, including a cliff walk through the rainforest. Those with a stomach for heights can also enjoy a trip to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views around the city. Fort Langley is a living museum where actors dressed up in historical costumes re-enact the lifestyles of traders and villagers from the 19th century. Travel to the future with a visit to Science World, where there is an engaging display of interactive exhibits and a huge IMAX screen.
Granville Island Public Market is a shopping and eating destination popular with the city’s locals. Stalls here sell a varied selection of fresh produce, cured meats, homebaked breads and cakes and handmade crafts. Pick up some fish and chips from Go Fish near the market’s entrance. The monthly Portobello West market showcases work by young designers and artists. Floata Restaurant is popular with the city’s large Chinese population for its dim sum and traditional Cantonese cuisine. Have a casual pizza or burger at The Backstage Lounge, then stay and enjoy the live music after dinner.