Car Hire from Vancouver International Airport
British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province and it’s packed with spectacular scenery and exciting towns and cities. Hiring a car from Vancouver International Airport is a great way to get off the beaten track and see more of this beautiful region.
Where to hire a car at Vancouver International Airport
A number of car hire companies operate from Vancouver International Airport. These include Avis, National, Budget, Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty. Their offices are located just outside the main terminal building, on the ground floor of the parkade.
Enterprise also offer a car hire service from Vancouver International Airport. They offer a meet and greet service. Customers are asked to use the direct dial phone at the car rental bus shelter in the Economy car park to call a shuttle bus when they arrive. It’s then around a 10 minute shuttle ride to reach the Enterprise office.
Petrol Stations near Vancouver International Airport
If you hire a car from Vancouver International Airport with a full to full fuel policy you will be required to refuel the care before returning it.
The closest petrol station to Vancouver International Airport is the Airport Husky Market, just under 10 minutes’ drive away. It’s on Sea Island Way before you reach route 99.
Driving around Vancouver International Airport
Vancouver International Airport is well-connected by local road routes. Route 99 goes north into Vancouver city centre and also south in the direction of the American border. Traffic can get busy close to the city during rush hours so it’s always wise to leave extra time for your trip.
When driving away from the cities in Canada, drivers are advised to watch out for wild animals on the road and take extra care in icy or snowy conditions.
Getting to your destination
Around Vancouver, there are many interesting places to explore. Here are just a few of them, all easily accessed by car from Vancouver International Airport.
Vancouver is a busy, bustling city. One of its defining features is the incredible surrounding scenery. Snow-capped mountains and beautiful beaches are within easy reach of the cosmopolitan centre. Vancouver is also blessed with a vibrant culinary scene, fantastic international restaurants and some wonderful seafood. With lots of cool neighbourhoods to explore and the atmospheric waterfront, there’s always something to see and do. Take a look at our guide some of the top things to do in Vancouver.
It’s a 20 minute drive from Vancouver International Airport to Vancouver city taking route 99 north.
During rush hours (7am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm on weekdays) traffic can be very slow moving. There are a number of websites and apps, specifically designed for Vancouver that can be useful for avoiding heavy traffic. Drivers can expect to pay up to $6 per hour for on street parking and between $2 and $5 for designated car parks.
Mount Seymour Provincial Park
Just 30 minutes from central Vancouver, visitors to Mount Seymour Provincial Park can enjoy the wilds of the great outdoors on the same day they take in the attractions of the city. There are lots of adventure activities to try including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and horse riding. Camp sites are also available for those who’d like to spend a night under the stars.
It’s around an hour’s drive from Vancouver International Airport to Mount Seymour Provincial Park taking heading north on route 1 to bypass Vancouver city centre. There are a number of car parks around Mount Seymour Park. Upper car parks are the place to leave the car if you’re planning to ski or snowboard while car parks 1 and 5 are best if you’re exploring the lower regions of the park. Car park 1 allows overnight parking.
Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Hot Springs is a small village east of Vancouver city. It sits to the south of Harrison Lake. A great destination for kicking back and taking it easy, Harrison Hot Springs is home to a hot spring spa, quaint shops, a picturesque beach and scenic hiking trails. There are also boat tours across the lake and four golf courses within a 15 minute drive.
Harrison Hot Springs is a 90 minute drive from Vancouver International Airport travelling on either Highway 1 or the more scenic (but slightly longer) Highway 7.
There is plenty of street parking available around the village and there are car parks at all major attractions.