Flying into Vancouver and staying two nights before cruise. Any tips on airport transfer, hotels, cruise terminal and all the other fun stuff a newbie wishes they knew before heading to a new area? Never been there and some of the reviews are a bit confusing! Excited to spend some time in a new city/country for a few days.
Information on Vancouver Cruise terminal and pre stay hotel
Stay downtown if you can, Go to Stanley Park, Gastown and Granville Island if you can. Vancouver is a Beautiful city. Enjoy it.
I grew up there.
There is often a long line for taxis at the airport, so if you are able it is quicker to hop on the skytrain which takes you downtown. The hotels next to the cruise terminal are the Pan Pacific and the Fairmont Waterfront, although they can be a little pricey. A lot of the sightseeing trips leave from this area also. It is quite a walkable city and the transit is pretty good. Have fun!
Take a tour of the city to get an overview of it all. Vancouver is beautiful, but can be rainy. We love Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Hotels range in price from moderate to very pricey downtown.
The Sky Train, their metro, makes it very easy and quick to get into the city from the airport, especially since the only way downtown is surface streets, the Sky Train can be faster. There is a line that goes from the airport to Downtown.
The hotels downtown are a little on the pricey side, and if you're not particular about the brand Hotwire is a good option that I've used many times when staying in Vancouver.
Thanks everyone. This is great information for a newbie! Nice to get information on the sky train! Prices really vary & using hotel points is a bit pricey too. I’m sure it will be worth spending a few days in the city!