Cheap Flights to Vancouver

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July through August is when most visitors flock to Vancouver. Travellers start arriving in April and stay into the autumn. Summer in the city means film, jazz, and folk festivals, including the Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

Every summer, Vancouver is home to some of the world’s greatest music festivals including their very own International Jazz Festival. This renowned and distinguished event provides a platform for 1,800 musicians to entertain over 400,000 festival goers at 40 different venues throughout Vancouver. Teaming your flights to Vancouver with the festival is the perfect way to experience what the idyllic location has to offer, from dining and tasting the local culinary delights to releasing your inner adrenaline junkie through outdoor adventures. VIJF is spread out over ten days.

Canada Day on 1st July is a very busy time in the city when a variety of festivities take place.

Vancouver is particularly enjoyable in the shoulder seasons of May to June and September to October. The weather is mild and there are few crowds. Early spring and late autumn are also great times to fly and go whale watching.

Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts get their cheap flights to Vancouver in mid-December, while the mountain’s peak season is January and February. Except for the ski areas, hotels in the winter generally tend to be quieter although there is still lots to see and do, including the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade and Festival and the city-wide culinary event, Dine Out Vancouver.

Why visit

A picturesque and vibrant city by the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has diverse, bustling neighbourhoods, from Chinatown and the Punjan Market Indian district to gay-friendly Davie Village and bohemian Commercial Drive (once known as Little Italy but now popular for its array of ethnic restaurants). Local writer Douglas Coupland dubbed it the City of Glass and anyone flying to Vancouver will quickly discover why. The high-rise buildings of downtown Vancouver are dominated by gleaming towers clad in green glass that reflect the natural beauty of a city nestled along a coast at the base of a mountain range. That scenery is hard to beat and goes a long way to justifying Vancouver's place at the top of many global livability indexes. But there is more to it. Locals make the most of the outdoor attractions at their disposal, and make hiking through the local mountains, kayaking and canoeing on the city's many waterways, camping, fishing and skiing all very much a part of their everyday lives.

Vancouver is one of North America's greenest cities, with the 404-hectare Stanley Park right in its backyard. Stanley Park is home to the renowned Lost Lagoon, while Siwash Rock and has a scenic 8.8 km seawall path. 

Less than 30 minutes from the city centre are Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, all of which have superb facilities and even offer night skiing.

BC Ferries, plying the Georgia Strait, connect Vancouver with Vancouver Island (including Victoria, British Columbian capital), and stunning gulf islands such as Galiano and Saltspring. A shorter ferry ride takes you to Bowen, a charming tiny island with a general store, coffee shop, pub and many hiking or bike trails.

A thriving local music scene offers much in the form of evening out diversions. Check out the Railway Club with its model train making its way around a track suspended above the bar for local up-and-coming acts performing on the cosy stage nightly.

Vancouver doesn't experience the weather extremes seen in other parts of Canada, but a rainproof jacket is essential, as it rains a lot. Flights to Vancouver land at the international airport (YVR), renowned for its First Nations' art.

Vancouver climate

Some say Vancouver has the best Canadian weather, with warm summers and mild winters. The city rarely sees snow, rarely gets oppressively hot, but gets lots of rain. The mountains and ski resorts are so close to the city that you really can golf and ski on the same day.January is the coolest month with temperatures ranging from zero to the single digits. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures reaching the low 20s. A good time to book cheap flights to Vancouver is during spring and autumn when temperatures are in the teens.

Getting around Vancouver

TransLink, Vancouver's efficient public transport network, includes electric trolley buses, regular buses, SeaBus passenger ferries, the SkyTrain elevated light-rail system and West Coast Express trains. Good-value FareSaver books of ten tickets, available at newsagents, are valid for 90 minutes on buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses, while a day pass allows unlimited daily travel. A car is unnecessary in Vancouver, especially given traffic can be a problem. You can hail taxis on the street or call one in advance.

Cycling is a great way to explore Vancouver's neighbourhoods, with more than 16 bike routes covering more than 128 km around the city.

Getting downtown from the airport

There are several car rental companies at Vancouver Airport (YVR). There are more than 500 licenced taxis operating 24/7. Limousines and town cars are also available.
TransLink’s rapid transit line connects the airport directly with central Vancouver and Richmond.

Vancouver insider information

  • Spend a day exploring magnificent Stanley Park, where you’ll see lagoons, flower gardens, cedar trees and an abundance of wildlife, including coyotes, beavers, brant geese and trumpeter swans. Ride a bike along the 8.8 km seawall, look out for the fine collection of carved totem poles near Brockton Point, and if you are game, you can even take a dip at Third Beach and Second Beach.
  • Take a spectacularly scenic ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain on the Skyride, North America's largest aerial tramway system. The Skyride, which takes 12-minutes to the top (1100m), leaves every 15 minutes from 9am-10pm. 
  • From the Vancouver Lookout, on the 50th floor of the Harbour Centre, enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the city and the picturesque North Shore Mountains.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, housed in a neo-classical building on Hornby Street, has more than 200 major works by British Columbia artist Emily Carr, and the permanent collection of almost 8,000 works, the largest in western Canada.
  • Take the sea bus from Waterfront Station across the Burrard Inlet to Lonsdale Quay Market, a great place to buy souvenirs and fudge. 
  • The Museum of Anthropology is well worth a visit. Don't miss Bill Reid's sculpture, The Raven or the Koerner Ceramics Gallery. There is also a great collection of totem poles from the Haida, Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Oweekeno and other First Nations.
  • Explore the bustling markets and sample some authentic Cantonese cooking or dim sum (yum cha) at the third largest Chinatown after New York and San Francisco. The tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, on the edge of Chinatown, is the first authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China.

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Restaurants
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 2.03
Cappuccino
$ 4.29
3 course meal for 2
$ 62.25
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 8.82
Transport
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.63
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.31
1 km taxi journey
$ 1.96
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 2.85
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 116.32
Pair of jeans
$ 72.87
Markets
Loaf of white bread
$ 3.17
Bottle of wine
$ 18.67
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 12.45
How much does a beer cost in Vancouver?
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 6
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 3
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 3
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6

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More information about Vancouver

  • Downtown Vancouver hosts a thriving entertainment district bubbling with clubs, bars and all manner of nightlife
  • Vancouver Art Gallery is one of many attractions on offer for culture vultures, containing over 10,000 artworks
  • Explore the gardens and woodland trails of beautiful Stanley Park, which also contains a range of regional wildlife
  • Direct flights to Vancouver operate frequently with airlines including Air Canada, British Airways and Condor
  • Skiers in Vancouver can visit local Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour as well as nearby Whistler
  • Check out the links at the top of the page for the cheapest deals on fares to Vancouver from your nearest airport
  • Why not find bargain flights to Vancouver and treat yourself to an amazing holiday in the City of Glass?
  • Vancouver’s Chinatown is full of the sights, sounds and tastes of the city’s Chinese community
  • If you want to shop, try Metropolis at Metrotown, British Columbia’s largest shopping centre and home to 470 stores
  • Coastal Vancouver is ideal for adventure holidays, with kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking and biking opportunities
  • As one of the largest and most populous cities in Canada, Vancouver is perfect for an exciting city break

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