Host to just under 300 cruise ships each year, Vancouver Cruise Terminal is the most popular port for cruises to Alaska. Catering for up to 4 ships at a time, its convenient location on the outskirts of the city makes it very accessible to cruise guests.
Read on to find out more about how to get to Vancouver Cruise Port from Vancouver International Airport and the city centre, along with information about cruise terminal parking, hotels located nearby, and the facilities available in the terminal.
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Transportation to Vancouver Cruise Port:
The port is easily accessible from Vancouver International Airport. You can get there by using taxi services, the SkyTrain, shuttles, and by car hire.
From the airport:
A taxi is the most efficient way to get to Vancouver Cruise Port. It is a 30-minute drive (dependent on traffic) at a fixed rate of$35.The airport is around 12 km/7.5 miles from the cruise port. The taxi stand can be found on level 2 of the domestic and international arrivals area.
Alternatively, Uber, Lyft, and KABU are all available in Vancouver.
The fully-automated train is very convenient. The journey takes 26 minutes and the service runs every 6 minutes. The Rapid Transport Station is located between the international and domestic terminals at the airport.
At the station, there is a covered walkway that includes escalators and elevators. This makes the walk accessible for people with disabilities and makes it an easy walk even with your suitcases.
You need to take the Canada Line which has two routes - you need to make sure you get on the route that arrives at “Waterfront”. From there it’s a 4-minute walk along W. Cordova St and Howe St to Canada Place. The one-way trip eastbound (airport to port) is $9.25 (including a YVR surcharge of $5 for eastbound trips only). If you are returning it will only be $4.25.
Some cruise lines offer this service but you will need to pre-book your place on the shuttle. Ace Charters offer a service daily from the airport to the cruise port. There is a pick-up and drop-off point outside the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place. Must be pre-booked and there is a fixed price of $18per person.
A passenger-only transit ferry connects the Waterfront station to North Vancouver. There are frequent crossings throughout the day.
You can hire a car from Avis. They include pick-up and drop-off service and one-way rentals. Once you have finished with the car, it can be arranged to be picked up from your hotel or the cruise port.
From the city centre:
As mentioned above, Vancouver Cruise Port is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver.
- If you are staying in nearby Gastown, it is only a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute drive to the port.
- If you are staying in the West End, it is a 30-minute walk or a 7-minute drive to the port.
- If you are staying in Chinatown, it is a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute drive to the port.
Vancouver Cruise Terminal Parking:
Vancouver Cruise Terminal does have parking facilities.
Canada Place Cruise Terminal parking is fully secure and is located across from the dock. Offering 1,700 covered spaces, it is recommended you use this car park for both long-term and short-term parking.
Short-term rates -
- $4 up to 30 minutes
- $23 daily 6 am-6 pm
- $9 evening 6 pm-6 am
- $32 for 24 hours
Long-term rates -
- Cruise passenger rate: $23 per day
- Cruise passenger weekly: $184 per week
These parking spaces are pre-booked rates only and should be made online.
Hotels near Vancouver Cruise Port:
Hotels near Canada Place vary from 3 to 5 stars. Here are our top picks -
- Pan Pacific Vancouver (150 yards away)
- Fairmont Pacific Rim (0.1 miles away)
- Auberge Vancouver Hotel (0.1 miles away)
- EXchange Hotel Vancouver (0.2 miles away)
- The St. Regis Hotel (0.4 miles away)
Vancouver Cruise Terminal Facilities:
Vancouver cruise terminal provides fantastic amenities for the passengers departing and stopping off at the terminal. They provide disability facilities within the terminal if you need extra assistance.
Waiting lounge: There is a convention hall after checking in. There are padded metal chairs or you can sit on the fold-out chairs in the terminal.
Toilets: There are toilet facilities before and after entering the terminals.
Shops: There are no shops in the port but there are shops located 10 minutes away in the Pacific Centre indoor mall. There are also boutiques in the historic Gastown neighbourhood.
Bars/restaurants: There are no bars or restaurants at the port itself but there are options 5 minutes away from the cruise terminal.
Disability access: It is easy for those with wheelchairs or special needs to navigate around the cruise terminal. If you need any assistance, the information desk at the terminal will be able to assist you with any enquiries regarding your special requirements.
If you require mobility assistance throughout your cruise, you must contact your cruise line in advance of your cruise. You also have the option to book a mobility scooter before your cruise from Scootaround. This is a hire service that can be delivered to the cruise port before embarking on your trip.