When is the cheapest time to fly to Vancouver?
Cheap flights to Vancouver are easy to find in October, November and January, but deals can still be found the rest of the year. Flights from London to Vancouver are always popular, but booking a last-minute flight could result in low prices, especially if you fly on a weekday. The summer months tend to draw more crowds, but that doesn't mean that finding cheap flights to Vancouver is impossible.
If you can, avoid travelling around Christmas and New Year, when prices are very high. August is also a very expensive month to fly to Vancouver, and best avoided if you want a cheap deal.
When is the best time to book flights to Vancouver?
To find the best possible flight deals, it's usually best to book your Vancouver ticket at least six months in advance. Try looking on a Tuesday for the best prices, and fly midweek if you can. If you want to fly to Vancouver in the height of summer though, it's best to book as early as possible. Off-peak flights in winter will be more flexible and you might find some last-minute deals at amazing prices.
Which UK airports offer flights to Vancouver?
Major UK airports that offer one-stop flights to Vancouver include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. If you want to fly direct to Vancouver from the UK, you'll have to fly from either London Gatwick or London Heathrow. Both airports in the capital offer direct and indirect flights with a number of airlines. To keep costs down, look out for cheap flights with a stopover along the way. But if you want a quick flight, it's best to fly direct.
Which airlines offer flights to Vancouver?
How long is the flight from the UK to Vancouver?
When flying direct, it takes around ten hours to fly the 4,411 miles to Vancouver from London. There are four direct flights to Vancouver from the UK each day. Several indirect flights are available every day as well, with layovers in Europe, Canada and the USA.
Flying to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a short distance from the city centre and easy to navigate, even after a ten-hour flight from London. Vancouver International Airport is as modern as the rest of the city and has won multiple awards.
On arrival and getting around Vancouver Airport (YVR)
There are two terminals at Vancouver International Airport, one for international flights and one for domestic flights. Use the free Wi-Fi to stay on track, although the airport should be easily navigable – even for the most sleep-deprived of travellers – due to the airport's award-winning design. For people with disabilities, it is important to note that Vancouver International Airport is one of the most accessible airports in the world. Be on the lookout for Green Coat Ambassadors, local volunteers who are willing to help you find all the information you need for your stay in Vancouver.
Getting to the city from the airport
Travelling between the airport and the city centre is easy with only nine miles separating the two. For about $35, a 45-minute taxi ride will get you downtown and introduce you to the city's skyline along the way. Taking the train, however, is often cheaper and quicker. The Canada Line of Vancouver’s SkyTrain metropolitan rail system connects the airport with the city centre. It costs about $10 per person and takes just 25 minutes, making it the most budget-friendly option.
Why visit Vancouver?
Fly to Vancouver in 2020 and discover one of the world's best cities. Vancouver is a hub for culture and learning, so you should plan on visiting some of the many centres of knowledge, such as the Museum of Anthropology, Science World and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Stanley Park is another must-visit – why not hire bikes in the city, cycle along the coastal path and see the incredible First Nations' totem poles? If you're into nature, head to Grouse Mountain to see some classic Canadian scenery.
Don’t forget before you fly
British citizens do not need to apply for a visa in advance for short visits. However, all visitors must purchase an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) online about $7 before boarding their flight. It's a good idea to take Canadian dollars with you. You can use your bank card at an ATM upon arrival, but Canadian ATMs often charge a fee.