Use Public Transportation Whenever Possible
Due to the vast numbers of people who will be traveling to Vancouver, B.C., for the Winter Games, travelers can save themselves a lot of time and hassle by utilizing public transportation options.
Train Travel into Canada
Though some will want to drive through Bellingham
into British Columbia, potentially long border waits make it worthwhile to consider travel by train. To aid people headed to the Olympic Games, Amtrak has added a second train from Seattle
, making travel into Canada even more convenient.
Here are sample travel times and ticket prices for Seattle and Bellingham
(subject to change):
Seattle to Vancouver: $55.00 USD (for trains; bus tickets also available starting at $35.00)
Leave Seattle: 7:40 a.m. Arrive Vancouver: 11:40 a.m.
Leave Seattle: 6:50 p.m. Arrive Vancouver: 10:50 p.m.
Bellingham to Vancouver: $21.00 USD (trains only)
Leave Bellingham: 9:49 a.m. Arrive Vancouver: 11:40 a.m.
Leave Bellingham: 8:58 p.m. Arrive Vancouver: 10:50 p.m.
Air Travel into Canada
Depending on how far you're traveling, flying is another viable option to avoid waits at the border, and once you land, a ride on the Canada Line Skytrain (~$4) makes it easy to get from the Vancouver International Airport to Downtown Vancouver.
Transportation within Canada
Much planning has gone into transportation to and from event venues during the Games, ensuring travel is efficient, safe, and environmentally sustainable. As
there will be NO spectator parking at any event venues, spectators are strongly encouraged to walk, bike, and use public transportation.
Though the Olympics are taking place just over the border, plan your trip as if you're traveling to a new faraway destination. Careful planning and research before you leave will help ensure that you get to enjoy all the hustle and excitement of this historic event without feeling overwhelmed.
Fulfillment Fees for Olympic Event Tickets
Each ticket purchased for an Olympic Event includes a fulfillment fee, which allows the ticket to be used for public transportation (BC Transit buses and rapid-transit) to and from events on the ticket event date. Service will also be available to events at Whistler, B.C.
Check the Vancouver 2010 Website for Detailed Travel Information
Since spectator information is being rolled out in phases as the Games get closer, the best way to get the most up-to-date transportation information is to visit Vancouver2010