Flights to Canada
If you have time on your side it’s often $100 to $200 cheaper to fly into Seattle rather than Vancouver. Then take the Greyhound to Vancouver. Price’s for the Greyhound from Seattle can range from $20 to $40 and journey is 4 hours long.
Bus to Whistler
Taking the bus to Whistler is probably the cheapest option unless you’re car sharing with 3 or more people. The bus takes 2 hours and 30 minutes from Vancouver. The three main bus companies going to Whistler are:
Greyhound is usually the cheapest option at around $20. Plus it’s lower if you book online.
The Snowbus is a much more pimping ride. With movies, snacks and a host on each bus. The Snowbus costs around $38 or $25 with a Canadian student card or a hostelling international card. An advantage of the Snowbus is that it has a stop close to the Vancouver Airport so if you fly in you can avoid having to lug your bags into Downtown Vancouver.
The Pacific also has a stop near the airport. One-way tickets start from $50. With all of the above bus services be warned you may have to pay an additional $10-$15 to bring skis, snowboard or a bike box on board.
Driving to Whistler
Driving to Whistler is very straightforward. There’s only one road, the route 99 also called the Sea to Skyway. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Vancouver.
Ride sharing and hitchhiking are more common in Canada than in Europe. There’s many websites that can help organise this:
Although considered safe in Canada, hitchhikers should keep their wits about them and be sensible when selecting ride share companions.