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Trip From Portland To Vancouver

The distance from Portland to Vancouver BC is approximately 525 km or 326 miles and is about six hours drive to downtown Vancouver.

Portland to Vancouver

If you’re taking the bus to Vancouver, it’s best to allow for another hour or so for stops and crossing the border before arriving by Greyhound bus at the bus station which is also our train station.

In the winter months make sure you travel on US Interstate 5 as it is the fastest route year round and it is the best maintained during our winter here because once in a while we’ve been known to have snow on the roads as well as on the local Vancouver ski hills or at Whistler (which is the sister city to Winter 2010).

The weather in Vancouver is generally warm year round by northwest standards.

The drive to Vancouver is a nice and relaxed drive in the spring and summer months with lots of places to stop and rest along the way.

Flights from Portland to Vancouver

If you want to fly into Vancouver, the flights are about 45 minutes and they arrive at the Vancouver airport where you can either hire a car (car rental), a Vancouver limousine or Airport shuttle bus to take you to your Vancouver accommodations.

But I suggest that you rent your car once you get to your hotel as they are usually more expensive to rent at the airport.

You don’t really need a car while you’re here because we have a great public transit and you don’t have to worry about finding parking in the city when you go and visit all the sights to see such as the Steam clock in old Vancouver known as Gastown where you’ll find some great shopping in Vancouver if you want souvenirs to take home for family and friends and of course the jewel of Vancouver which is Stanley Park. You can easily spend a day or three within the Stanley Park itself!

There are many day trips that you can take out of the city to places like Whistler or Victoria that you might want to rent a car for especially if you are traveling with kids this way you don’t have to worry about keeping to a set schedule and can stop where and when you like.

You can find other distances depending on where you are coming from but in my mind the drive from Portland to Vancouver is one of the best drives because you can either drive right up Interstate 5 or drive along the coastline in the summer and stop in all the small town in Washington state and while it will take longer, it’s a very scenic trip.

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