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Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

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Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Our cruise arrives at 7:00 a.m., and we need to be at the airport no later than noon. The cruise ship advised us not to make any reservations for anything prior to 11:00 because apparently it can take awhile to get off the ship. But I've heard that sometimes people are greatly delayed getting off the ships. We want to have our ground transportation figured out ahead of time so we won't have to search for transportation once we arrive in port.

What would our best means of transportation be from the cruise terminal to the airport? The cheaper the better. :-)

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Taxi is $35 and 30 minutes. Canada Line subway is a few dollars, loads 100 yards from the cruise ship and takes just under 30 minutes and ends right at the airport.

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2. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Canada Line. More reasonable and takes the same amount of time as a taxi at that time of day.

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3. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

I did a search on Canada Line but can't seem to find the schedule. Do you know how often it runs? We need to be at the airport no later than noon, and it's about a 45 minute drive from the cruise terminal to the airport. So ideally we should catch the shuttle at 11 or before. Thanks! I can always try to call them tomorrow and get more information.

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4. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Canada Line runs every 4 minutes more or less.

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5. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

The Canada Line is not a shuttle. It is rapid transit that starts underground in downtown Vancouver and eventually comes out above ground south at the Fraser River as it goes into Richmond, where the airport is located. The trains have two destinations - "Richmond Brighouse" and "YVR" (the Airport). They will be clearly marked as to destination and alternate. You will want to get on a train marked "YVR". During the week, expect the YVR trains to run approximately every 7 minutes. On weekends, I believe that lengthen slightly to every 9 minutes or so. It is approximately 25 minutes from downtown to YVR.

Edit - As Sam says, there is a train along about every 4 minutes to either Richmond Brighouse or YVR. If you get on the wrong train, you can transfer at any station up to and including Bridgeport.

Edited: 01 August 2011, 06:41
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6. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

SamSalmon and itchyfeet.........(LOVE those names, BTW!) thanks so much. It's great they run so frequently, which means one less thing to worry about while planning this trip! :-)

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7. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Hi,

We returned from our Alaska cruise at the beginning of this month and I can assure you will not have any problem.

We were on HAL Zuiderdam cruise ship which also returned back to Vancouver at 7am. They have an excellent disembarkment procedure. The night before finishing the cruise they explained the procedure and supplied a form which we had to fill-in and let them know when we wanted to leave. Those who have flights to catch get the priority. They will give you a departure slot and make sure you leave the ship during that departure slot; not before and NOT after.

We didn’t have any flights to catch and we managed to leave the ship and collect our luggage and hire a taxi within 20 minutes.

In your case, once you are out then you need to catch the Canada Line train which will take to Airport within 35 minutes. You can take a Taxi if you don’t mind paying a bit extra.

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8. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

sidwhite.....thanks for the step by step guide of what to expect. Also, I'm sure anyone on the cruise ship can point us in the right direction to the Canada Line train. Thanks so much!

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9. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

fiddleddd,

The Canada line is about 100m off Canada place. Just outside.

The cruise ship people not going to show you Canada line.

After the immegration and collecting the luggage you will be in a large underground space where you can hire taxi etc. There will be a lot of people to help you there. Just ask some one there how to get to canada Line. Please be prepared to pull your luggage that distance. Believe me its easy. We were worried before we got there. Now we know how easy it is.....

Edited: 01 August 2011, 15:30
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10. Re: Best way to get from Cruise ship ports to airport?

Just a few more thoughts -

When you go down the escalator to the platforms for the trains, you will see the ticket machines directly in front of you. On weekdays until 6:30 PM, it will be a two-zone ticket to the airport - $3.75. On weekends, the entire system converts to one zone at $2.50.

When you arrive on the train platform, it will be the platform for the trains going to the eastern part of the Metro Vancouver area. Walk to the end of the platform and take the escalator up to the main concourse at the Waterfront Station. Follow the signs to the Canada Line elevator (no down escalator) which will take you down to the Canada Line platform. (It's on the right hand side of the concourse. The left-hand side takes you to the seabus which goes over to the north shore of the Metro Vancouver area.)