Trip Hack Guide: Vancouver

Trip Hack Guide: Vancouver

Consistently ranked as one of the best travel destinations, Vancouver offers every aspect of adventure for travellers. However, with so much to do comes a pretty high price-tag. Avoid the unnecessary travel costs with our Hacks & Tips for Vancity.

Airfare Hacks

Cheapest time to go:  Late May

Most Expensive:  January and February

When to fly:  Fly out on a Sunday, return on a Thursday.

Best time to buy: On a Sunday 4-6 weeks in advance.

Cheapest Airfare always found using: Skyscanner

Best Airlines: WestJet and Air Canada have the lowest fares.

Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $500.


Accommodation Hacks:

Hostel Prices: Dorm for $30-50 USD/person on Hostel World (no booking fees!)

2-3 star hotel prices:  $80-150 USD/night using

4-5 star hotel prices:  $150 + USD/night using

Hotwire: If you aren’t too picky with the brand of the hotel and are willing to forfeit the name of the hotel for up to 50% off. You can access the deals here.

Air B & B: The selection of beautiful lofts, apartments and other unique accommodations in Vancouver can be found on Air B & B. You can access the best selection of rooms here. 

Jetsetter: Often has flash sales of only 4-5 star hotels like the Trump or Four Seasons for 20-40% off. You can access the New York deals here.


Airport Transportation:

Skytrain: The Canada Line provides the only direct rapid transit public service downtown, in 25 minutes. The fare from YVR to Vancouver is currently $9.00, which includes the two-zone base fare of $4.00 plus a $5 surcharge.

Taxi:  A taxi ride into town will cost about $25-30 and should take under half an hour. All taxis that serve the airport are required to accept credit cards.

Limos: Limojet Gold offers comfortable sedan and limousine options for getting into town. Rides into the city centre cost $40-55 depending on where you are going and whether you are in a sedan or limo.



Car Rental: Average prices are $200/ week (taxes included).

Cheapest Car Rental Rates found using:  Expedia

Monorail: The Monorail is $12 USD for a one day pass but there are also a few free routes depending on your destinations.

Taxis: Taxis are your best option and will cost around $15 USD per trip.


Food & Drinks:

Fast Food Meal: $5-10USD/person

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: $15 USD/person

Mid-range 2 course meal: $30 USD/ person

Beer: $7.00 USD each

Cocktail: $12 each

Groceries for the week: $50-75 USD per week

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