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Flying into Beautiful Whistler

Whistler is no longer just a winter sports mecca. The charming resort village has become a year round destination due to its chic hotels, fine dining, energetic nightlife, and unique boutiques. Getting to Whistler can be a bit tricky though. The nearest commercial airport is the Vancouver International airport which is about 2 ½ hours away by car. There are many decisions to make when traveling to Whistler, but if you are armed with advance information about the airport, flights, and transportation, your travel will go smoothly at a price you like.
Hotels in Whistler
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
$148 avg/night
Glacier Lodge Boutique Hotel
$62 avg/night
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
$143 avg/night
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
$96 avg/night
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What airline should I take when I fly to Whistler, BC?

It depends on where you are coming from. This is a list of some of the airlines that fly in and out of the Vancouver International airport: Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet, and British Airways. WestJet is a budget carrier that has lower rates but fewer in-flight amenities. Check with your preferred carrier regularly as rates fluctuate, and airlines often run specials. Lower priced flights are generally available in late spring and late fall.

How can I get from the airport to Whistler and back?

Depending on your budget, there are several transportation options. You can get to Whistler via road, rail, or air.

Take a shuttle bus, rent a driver, or rent a car, and you will get to enjoy amazing views on the Sea to Sky Highway. Airport shuttles are the lowest priced option. You can also opt to hire a driver. Rates for drivers are based on the vehicle type (Sedan, limo, bus, etc.), and are one-way. Lastly, you can rent a car at the airport.

In the summer, you can experience views of the ocean, mountains, and waterfalls from the window of a train. The reasonably-priced, 3-hour train ride includes breakfast or a hearty snack, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Another option in the summer is a float plane. What child, or adult, hasn’t dreamt about a fun flight that lands in water? The float plane ride to Whistler is just 45 minutes, and the rates are much more budget-friendly than you might imagine. The other option for traveling by air is to take a helicopter charter. These are available year round, but they are not cheap.

If I am spending a night near the airport before traveling to Whistler, where should I stay?

If your flight to Vancouver is scheduled to land late in the evening, you might want to relax in a nearby hotel and wait until the morning to travel to Whistler so that you can appreciate the full beauty of the trip during daytime hours. The 4-star Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver has all the service and amenities you could want to prepare you for your upcoming adventure. Relax in the whirlpool or steam room, workout in the fitness center, and have an exceptional Italian meal at the hotel’s restaurant.

What are some lodging options in Whistler?

An all-suite hotel with top notch facilities, amenities, and service is what you will find at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. This hotel has a spa, an outdoor heated pool, a fitness center, and two restaurants. It is located in Whistler Village and is only a two minute walk to the gondolas. Every suite has a fireplace, a balcony, and a full kitchen to help you save money when you eat in. You can also save money by booking one of the many discounted packages. Plus, kids 18 year of age and under stay free with an adult.

Just a short walk outside of Whistler Village is the budget-friendly Aava Whistler Hotel. The hotel has many rooms and suites from which you can choose, each with comfortable, modern décor. There is an on-site breakfast restaurant so you can grab some protein before an activity filled day. The hotel also has a fitness room, sauna, and outdoor hot tub and pool. And a visit here wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the complimentary GoPro HD cameras.

What can I do while waiting at the airport?

The eight International Currency Exchange locations at the airport make it very convenient for you to convert money into Canadian currency and back again. They also sell travel insurance and checks, and calling cards.

There are also several duty-free stores at the airport where you can purchase everything from clothing to cosmetics to cognac and more at duty and tax-free prices. There is even a duty-free Burberry store.