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Travel from Seattle to Vancouver

There are many ways to get from Seattle to Vancouver. It just depends on what you want out of your vacation, and how quickly you want to get here.†

Seattle serves as a popular connection point between the rest of the U.S. and Vancouver.

Many people from the U.S. get to Seattle first and then figure out how best to get to Vancouver.

Since Seattle is such a great sightseeing destination in itself, itís worth it to take a few days to first explore Seattle before heading north.

If youíre taking an Alaska cruise from Vancouver, take the time to stop through Seattle and see why itís considered one of the most livable cities in the U.S.††

There are three main ways to get from Seattle to Vancouver: by road, by train, and by air.†


The drive should take approximately three hours, plus ďborder time.Ē Crossing the border can be quick and painless, or it could hold you up for hours.

However, if youíve been to the Northwest Coast and would like to see some of the endless beauty that the coast holds, then driving is a great option.†

Driving can save a significant amount of money compared to flying. Traveling by bus, you can save even more. Greyhound, Quick Coach, and Pacific Coast Lines are all bus lines that service the route from Seattle to Vancouver.


This is one of the most scenic methods of transportation between the two cities and only takes about four hours. The train leaves twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.† Fees vary; it is not as cheap as the bus, but cheaper than flying.††


Obviously the quickest and most convenient method of transportation, there are numerous affordable commercial flights from Seattle to Vancouver. The flight to Vancouver only takes an hour. Once you arrive at Vancouver BC airport (airport code YVR) you can take the Canada Line on the rapid transit train into Vancouver.

To make your vacation a truly unforgettable one, take a floatplane or a helicopter.† This will show you the beauty of Puget Sound and the Gulf Islands as few will ever see it.

There are restrictions on using float planes and helicopters as your first port of entry into Canada, so research this carefully.†

Contrary to popular belief (and, some would argue, common-sense), there isnít a Vancouver ferry that services Seattle. If your travel plans are flexible and you want to see as much as possible on your vacation, you can take a passenger ferry from Seattle to Victoria, spend a day or two in Victoria, then take the ferry to then travel to Vancouver. If you have a car, you can take a vehicle ferry from Anacortes (which is about two hours north of Seattle) to Victoria, then take the vehicle ferry from Victoria to Vancouver.†

Traveling from Seattle to Vancouver is quick, relatively affordable, and fun; and can easily become a part of your Vancouver experience.

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