Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located 8 miles (13km) southeast of the UBC campus. There is no direct bus route between the airport and UBC. The easiest way to reach your on-campus accommodations is by taxi, which costs about $35 per vehicle and takes 20-30 minutes. A cheaper, but slower, option is to take the Canada Line train into Vancouver, then transfer to a bus to campus. This option takes about 45 minutes to an hour. For transit information, prices, schedules and routes, please see the Translink website. Use “YVR-Airport Station” as your origin and “UBC Loop” as your destination in the TransLink trip planner.
Seattle/Tacoma (Sea/Tac) Airport (SEA) is located 160 miles (255km) south in Seattle, Washington, and Bellingham International Airport (BLI) (served by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Allegiant Air) is located 54 miles (87km) south in Bellingham, Washington. Flights to and from these airports are substantially cheaper from US cities than flying directly into Vancouver. Rental cars can be hired at either airport for the drive north. However, wait times at the US/Canada border can be very long (over an hour) at times.
Although there is no direct bus or rail service between Sea/Tac or Bellingham Airports and UBC, you can take the “Quick Shuttle” bus service between Sea/Tac or Bellingham Airports and downtown Vancouver, provided by Quick Coach. You can then transfer to a TransLink bus for your trip to UBC. If you get off at Cambie/42nd St., transfer to the TransLink Route 41 bus at Cambie and 41st. Use “Oakridge Centre” as your origin and “UBC Loop” as your destination in the TransLink trip planner. If you get off downtown, use “1110 Howe St., Vancouver” as your origin and “UBC Loop” as your destination in the TransLink trip planner.
Driving to Vancouver can be a great way to see this scenic part of the continent.
From Washington State, take I-5 north to the Canadian border crossing at Blaine, WA. From there, the highway becomes BC Route 99. Continue about 25 miles (40km) to Exit 41B (Marine Drive W), which is just over the Oak Street Bridge as you enter Vancouver. Marine Drive W merges into SW Marine Drive. Get in the left lane. The road curves and becomes Granville St. Make a left on 70th Street. In a few blocks, this becomes SW Marine Drive (again). Proceed 6 miles (10km) to 16th Street and turn right. At the roundabout, take the third exit to Wesbrook Mall North. Proceed 1 mile (1.6km) north. If you are staying at the West Coast Suites or Gage Residences, turn left at Student Union Blvd. The hotel and residences are on your right.
From eastern British Columbia, Take Trans-Canada Highway 1 to Grandview Highway (Exit 28). The exit road becomes Grandview Highway. In about 1 mile (1.6km), Grandview Highway becomes 12th Avenue. In about 6 miles (10km), 12th Avenue curves and becomes 10th Avenue. In about 2 miles (3.2 km), 10th Avenue becomes University Blvd. In another 2 miles (3.2km), turn right on Wesbrook Blvd. If you are staying at the West Coast Suites or Gage Residences, turn left at Student Union Blvd. The hotel and residences are on your right.
Vancouver is served twice daily by Amtrak Cascades trains from Seattle, WA (with the evening north-bound train originating in Portland, OR). This is a great way to avoid those border wait times and enjoy the view! Trains arrive at Pacific Central Station, east of downtown. Taxis to UBC take about 20-30 minutes and cost about $35 per vehicle. There is no direct bus service between the train station and UBC. Public transit via TransLink requires at least one connection. If you do want to use this option, select “VIA Rail” and “UBC Loop” as your departure and arrival points in the TransLink trip planner.
From eastern British Columbia, Edmonton and points east, Vancouver is served by VIA Rail Canada three times a week. These trains also arrive at Pacific Central Station.
Another great way to see the sights of beautiful British Columbia is to travel by ferry. Ferries frequently cross the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) between the Vancouver metro area and Vancouver Island. For more information, as well as routes and prices, visit the BC Ferries website.