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Concierge Winter Transportation Guide

Getting to Whistler can be half the fun. The Sea to Sky Highway offers breathtaking views of the mountains and sea, and if you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a stunning sunset or sunrise.

Planning your way to Whistler it can sometimes be easier to work directly with an expert. To ensure that your journey to our beautiful resort is just as memorable as your stay with us our knowledgeable Concierge team is always happy to hear about your preferences and help you plan. They can be reached directly by email or phone below.

If you are staying at Fairmont Gold, please contact our Fairmont Gold dedicated Concierge team for a more personalized service.

  • Avis is the only car rental agency in Whistler
  • Daily rates based on availability & demand: from $75 to $150 CAD
  • One-way rentals are subject to additional fees: from $50 to $100 CAD
  • Hotel nightly parking rates:  self-parking $39 CAD | valet parking $48 CAD
  • Most other major car rental agencies operate in or near the Vancouver Airport but cars cannot be dropped off or picked up in Whistler: National | Alamo | Hertz | Dollar Thrifty | Avis | Zipcar | Budget*
    *Reservations are required.

Chauffeured vehicles and private coaches are the preferred method of transportation based on no wait times, shortest travel times to/from Whistler, and the personal, professional service offered.

One-way rates to/from Whistler & Downtown Vancouver | Vancouver Airport

  • Sedan | 1 or 2 people from $380 | $405
  • Luxury SUV | 3 or 4 people from $475 | $495
  • Sprinter Van | Up to 11 people from $565 | $595
  • Mini Coach | Up to 18 people from $845 | $875

Rates do not include driver gratuity, $10-25 airport parking fee (for arrivals only), or 5% tax. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Travel times

Whistler to Vancouver Airport:2.5 hours | Whistler to Vancouver: 1.5 to 2 hours.

Whistler Shuttle does not offer scheduled departures from YVR but does match your arrival time with other arriving guests. You will typically travel in 20 passenger Sprinter vans but occasionally in a larger coach.

  • Quickest overall travel time to Whistler
  • Door to Door Service
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Complete flexibility for early or delayed flights (providing they fall within the operating times).

Travel time from departure: 2.5 – 3 hours

Price: One Way (Round trip discount not available)
Adult (13+) $95.00 plus GST
Child (6-12) $35.00 plus GST
Tot (0-5) Free
– Schedules Subject to Change
– Prices do not include 5% GST
– 100% non-refundable within 24 hours of travel

Schedule:

Northbound from Vancouver Airport to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

A 1 hour maximum wait time is guaranteed if:
– Your flight lands between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Dec 16, 2023, to Apr 9, 2023)
– You reserve at least 72 hours in advance

A 1.5-hour maximum wait time is guaranteed if:
– Your flight lands between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Dec 16, 2023, to Apr 9, 2023)
– You reserve at least 72 hours in advance

– Wait time starts when you check-in with their airport representative
(after you clear customs and/or collect your luggage)
– If booked within 72 hours they cannot guarantee your departure time from the airport


Southbound from Fairmont Chateau Whistler to YVR

Dec 16, 2023 to April 9, 2023
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Airport
4:10 7:00
5:40 9:00
6:40 10:00
7:40 11:00
8:40 12:00
9:40 12:00 13:00
10:40 14:00
11:40 15:00
12:40 16:00
13:40 16:00 17:00
15:40 19:00
18:10 20:30 21:00

April 10, 2023 to April 17, 2023
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Airport
4:10 7:00
5:40 9:00
7:40 11:00
9:40 12:00 13:00
11:40 15:00
13:40 16:00 17:00
15:40 19:00
18:10 20:30 21:00

Skylynx Airport Express Shuttle Departs based on a set schedule from Vancouver Airport. Drops off at the front door of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. A great service if it fits with your schedule and the flight arrives as planned. If you miss your bus, you will be rescheduled to the next non-express Skylynx bus that has availability.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Reasonably priced
  • Fewest departure options, if you miss your bus you are on the non-express bus

Price:

One-Way Adult (13+) $65.00 plus GST | Round Trip $109.00 plus GST
Child (6-12) half price
Tot (0-5) Free

Northbound from Vancouver Airport to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Dec 16, 2023 to April 17, 2023
Vancouver Airport
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
10:30 13:30
13:30 16:00

Southbound from Fairmont Chateau Whistler to YVR

Dec 16, 2023 to April 17, 2023
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Airport
14:30               — 17:00
17:30               — 20:00

Departs based on a set schedule from YVR Airport and Downtown Vancouver. Drops off at the Gateway Loop in Whistler Village. A 15-minute walk from the hotel, or a 1-minute walk to the closest Fairmont shuttle stop, which is on a 15 minute loop.

  • Longest travel time
  • Does not drop off at the hotel
  • Most economical price
  • Wi-Fi and washrooms on board

Price:

Airport to Whistler Adult (13+) $49.00 plus GST | Round Trip $69.00 plus GST

Vancouver Downtown to Whistler Adult (13+) $29.00 plus GST | Round Trip $40.00 plus GST

Child (6-12) half price

Tot (0-5) Free

Schedule:

Northbound from Vancouver Airport to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Dec 16, 2023 to April 17, 2023
Vancouver Airport
Vancouver Downtown
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
No Service 6:00 8:00
7:00 8:00 10:00
9:00 10:00 12:00
12:00 13:00 15:00
15:00 16:00 18:00
18:00 19:00 21:00

Southbound from Fairmont Chateau Whistler to YVR

Dec 16, 2023 to April 17, 2023
Whistler Village
Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Airport
6:00 8:00 9:00
9:00 11:00 12:00
11:00 13:00 14:00
13:30 16:00 16:30
16:00 18:00 19:00
19:00 21:00 22:00

Helicopter charter services are available and rates are available upon request, starting about $3450 plus tax, one way between Vancouver Airport and Whistler Heliport.

This service is not recommended for any airport transfers or any time sensitive transfers due to inconsistencies in service promises.

Not available in Whistler for pick up.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

The closest airport to Fairmont Chateau Whistler is Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Vancouver International Airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 12 km from Downtown Vancouver and approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of the resort. Most major airline carriers fly into Vancouver.

  • Air Canada 1 (888) 247-2262
  • WestJet 1 (888) 937-8538
  • American Airlines 1 (800) 433-7300
  • Delta Airlines 1 (800) 221-1212
  • United Airlines 1 (800) 538-2929
  • British Airways 1 (800) 247 9297
  • KLM Airlines 1 (866) 434 0321

From Vancouver International Airport
(Approximately 3 hours)

  1. Follow the signs to Grant McConachie Way, Vancouver and city center.
  2. Proceed over the Arthur Laing Bridge.
  3. Keep right and follow the signs to Granville Street and city center.
  4. Go along Granville Street (approximately 8 km), then over the Granville Bridge.
  5. Take the Seymour exit off Granville Bridge.
  6. Follow Seymour Street 7 blocks to Georgia and turn left (west).
  7. Head west along Georgia Street, approximately 12 blocks to Stanley Park.
  8. Go through Stanley Park and onto the Lion’s Gate Bridge.
  9. As you leave the bridge, follow the signs for West Vancouver.
  10. You will find yourself on Marine Drive.
  11. At the 1st traffic light turn right onto Taylor Way.
  12. At the 2nd traffic light, take the left lane and follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay.
  13. At Horseshoe Bay, watch for the exit sign onto Highway 99 North to Squamish and Whistler.
  14. Continue north along Highway 99 to Whistler Village.
  15. Once you reach the Whistler Valley, proceed through 6 traffic lights and turn right at the 7th traffic light onto Lorimer Road.
  16. Follow Lorimer Road through the traffic light to the Upper Village, until you reach the 4-way stop sign at Blackcomb Way.
  17. Turn right onto Blackcomb Way.
  18. Almost immediately, you will see The Fairmont Chateau Whistler sign at the foot of Chateau Boulevard (left-hand side).
  • Self-parking: $39 CAD/night plus taxes, with unlimited access.
  • Valet service: $48 CAD/night plus taxes, with unlimited access.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler is pleased to offer access to Tesla Supercharger electric vehicle charging stations (ten stations total, up to 72 kW).

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