Getting to Vancouver - Getting to Campus!

There is not a conference sponsored shuttle but public transportation to Campus is available

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Flying is expensive....but the conference will be worth it!!

Some Options...Fly to Seattle and take Amtrak to Vancouver....kick back and enjoy the scenery.

Rent a Car from Avis....preferred conference rental agent

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located in Richmond, south of Vancouver’s city centre, is a half-hour drive to the downtown core. The Vancouver International Airport is among the most modern and efficient airports in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) ranked YVR for the fifth year in a row as one of the top ten airports in the world. As one of the major hubs for North American air travel, YVR is North America’s premier gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. YVR offers extensive non-stop air access from almost any city in the world. There are over 556 non-stop flights per week to Vancouver from 22 major US cities and over 138 non-stop flights per week from 12 cities in Europe and Asia. The Vancouver International Airport serves over 41 international, national, and regional carriers.

The Vancouver International Airport is Canada's second busiest airport, with some 14.3 million passengers (including same plane transit), approximately 315,300 tonnes of cargo and 282,200 take-offs and landings in 2004. YVR is the third largest international passenger gateway on the West Coast of North America. YVR is in operation 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including round-the-clock customs and runway operations.

Getting to Campus

Between the airport and downtown, transfer service is readily available by the Airporter Bus, Taxi, Limousine, or Car Rental Companies. The Airporter Bus departs regularly every 15 minutes to the major downtown hotels, the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre and the cruise ship terminal. Taxi’s are located outside of the domestic and international terminals and are approximately $25-30 Cdn to the University of British Columbia.

Driving Directions

DRIVING FROM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: From the airport, follow the signs to Vancouver. Take the Granville Street - City Centre exit. Turn left at West 70th Ave. Veer right onto SW Marine Drive. Follow SW Marine Drive for approximately 15 km (10 miles). Continue past UBC Gates 4 & 3 and turn right (South) onto Wesbrook Mall. Follow Wesbrook to Student Union Blvd. and turn right.

DRIVING FROM SEATTLE: Take Interstate 5 North to the Canadian Border. Continue north for 40 minutes on Highway 99. Highway 99 turns into Oak Street at The Oak Street Bridge. The Oak Street Bridge is 6 km north of the Massey Tunnel; the airport is on your left. At the north end of the bridge, take the second exit: Marine Drive West. You curve under the bridge and start heading west, where you see an overpass. Bear to the right here and go up to merge with Granville Street. Stay on Granville as it turns to the north. Turn left onto 70th Ave, the second light and first main intersection. In two blocks, 70th becomes S.W. Marine Drive Follow SW Marine Drive for approximately 15 km (10 miles, it curves North). Continue past UBC Gates 4 & 3 and turn right (South) onto Wesbrook Mall. Follow Wesbrook to Student Union Blvd. and turn right.

DRIVING FROM DOWNTOWN: Turn right (west) onto 4th Avenue from either Granville or Burrard Street. Follow 4th Avenue westbound for approximately 5km (3 miles), until it turns into Chancellor Boulevard. Turn left onto Wesbrook Mall and right onto Student Union Boulevard.

Public Transit

Take the #4 or #17 bus from Granville Street downtown. The trolley bus loop on campus is located in front of War Memorial Gym, approximately a 3 minute walk from The Gage Towers and West Coast Suites. There is no direct bus service from the Airport, but the Airporter Shuttle and public transit will take you downtown - from there you can transfer.

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