Getting Around Whistler
The best way to get around Whistler is on foot. Depending on what you want to see and what accommodations you secure, you should be able to get by just walking. Or, you can take the complimentary shuttle buses from Whistler Village, which transport visitors to Lost Lake Park and the Marketplace in town. Meanwhile, having a car will allow you the freedom to explore top attractions a little further from the heart of Whistler (like the Olympic Park and Alexander Falls) without having to spend a lot of cash on a cab, but parking can be tricky and sometimes expensive. Whistler also has a small public transit system that consists of eight bus lines, but only a few of the routes will be convenient for tourists.
Travelers usually fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which is about 83 miles south of Whistler, as it's the closest option to town. From there, you can rent a car, hop on a bus or catch the Sea to Sky train to Whistler.
|On foot||Much of Whistler is concentrated in the Whistler Village, where you'll find a plethora of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. The pedestrian walkway, the Village Stroll, winds through the area, and many of the hotels are situated here, within walking distance of the town's main attraction: Whistler Blackcomb Mountain. Several other top attractions can be reached on foot from the Whistler Village area, as well.|
You may need to rent a car if you choose to drive from Vancouver's airport, but renting it one-way would be your best bet. Avis offers a One Way Round Trip deal that grants you use of a vehicle to get to and from the airport, but not during your stay in Whistler. That way, you won't have to pay parking fees to keep the car for the duration of your stay. If you're interested in exploring some of the attractions that are a bit further away, like Whistler Olympic Park and Alexander Falls, you can rent a car for the day. If you're driving to Whistler from home, there are several parking lots (both free and paid) around town.
A handful of bus routes service Whistler, connecting the town with neighborhoods nearby. A one-way ticket is $2.50 CAD per trip (about $2.40 USD; children 4 and younger ride free) and you must have exact change. You can save money by purchasing a day pass for $7 CAD (just under $7 USD) or sheet of 10 tickets for $22.50 CAD (around $21.50 USD). Most buses run daily from around 6 a.m. to midnight, though schedules vary by route. From June to September, you can get a free shuttle daily from Whistler Village to Lost Lake and vice versa.
There are taxis available in Whistler, but they'll put a dent in your wallet if you want to get to some of the attractions outside of town. You can expect to pay between $40 CAD and $60 CAD (roughly $40 to $60 USD) for a one-way trip to Whistler Olympic Park or Whistler Bungee. Walking around Whistler is easiest but if you find the weather too cold or if you've imbibed heavily at après ski, cabs are readily available to hail throughout town.
Entry & Exit Requirements
Travelers into Canada are required to provide a proof of citizenship and proof of identity, which can be a U.S. passport, passport card or NEXUS card. United States citizens are not required to obtain visas when visiting Canada for less than 180 days. To find more information, visit the U.S. State Department website.