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General Getting Around Info
« on: August 26, 2015, 05:42:24 AM »
Ferry to Vancouver Island
The B.C. Ferry terminal is only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond with sailings to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Regular daily sailings to Swartz Bay (Victoria) leave the Port of Tsawwassen every two hours on the odd hour with more frequent sailings during summer months and holidays. Daily sailings are also available on the Mid-Island Express from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo. Call the Ferry Hotline at 604-277-0277 for rates and seasonal schedules. Advance reservations can be made for an additional fee. Paid parking is also available if you want to leave your vehicle at the Ferry Terminal on the mainland.

Visit the BC Ferries Website at www.bcferries.bc.ca

The Airport
Located on Richmond's second largest island, Sea Island, the Vancouver International Airport is less than ten minutes away from downtown Richmond and is easily accessible by public transit, hotel shuttle, taxi and limousine services. Visitors on flights originating in Vancouver must pay a small departure fee before entering security gates. For more information visit the Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR) web site.

Car Rental
All major car rental companies have locations at the airport. Regular shuttles are available to take you from arrival and departure gates and the car rental lot of your choice. Several car rental companies also operate in Richmond City Centre.

Cycling to the Other Side
In the summer, The Ministry of Highways operates an hourly shuttle service for cyclists through the George Massey Tunnel. Pick up and drop off points are on the West side of Highway 99, opposite Tourism Richmond's Visitor Information Centre, and at the junction of Highways 99 and 17, near the Town and Country Inn. See the Regional Cycling Section of this website for more information.

Driving and Bike Safety
B.C.'s driving laws are consistent with those of other provinces and most U.S. States. Provincial law requires that all passengers wear seat-belts; infant restraints must secure children under five years old and motorcyclists and bicyclists must wear helmets. To ensure your safety and that of others, B.C. strictly enforces its impaired driving law. If involved in an accident with a B.C. licensed and registered vehicle, call 604-520-8222.

Services for People with Disabilities
Special parking spaces are provided throughout Richmond. Temporary handicapped parking permits are available at City Hall. Services are also available for persons who are hearing or speech impaired. The City of Richmond also offers Special Needs Assistance to enable people with disabilities to enjoy and participate in a variety of activities. Call 604-276-4107 for further information.

Wheelchair Accessible transportation can be arranged through Richmond Cabs 604-272-1111 or Kimber Cabs 604-278-2155.  If you are a Handidart customer from another jurisdiction, Handidart transportation can be arranged well in advance of travel. Call 604-279-7090 for Handydart  information. Call 604-453-4634 for general information on accessible public transit, or see: www.translink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services/Accessibility/accessible_transit.asp


Public Transportation
The Coast Mountain Bus Company services operate throughout Richmond and Greater Vancouver and are easy to access and very convenient. Call 604-521-0400 for routes and schedules or visit their website at www.coastmountainbus.com
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Re: General Getting Around Info
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 10:42:46 PM »
Airport shuttle is so easy and quick to and from the hotel.  Have used it for years.
 
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Re: General Getting Around Info
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 11:40:26 PM »
Airport shuttle is so easy and quick to and from the hotel.  Have used it for years.


Agreed!  It picks you up right at the airport terminal exit.  Very convenient.
 
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2015, 12:19:14 AM »
I love how easy it is to get around Vancouver!
 
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2015, 03:33:04 AM »
By the way if any Vancouverites spot any mistakes I made with the local info let me know. Plus if you have any tips for first-time visitors please do post away
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2015, 09:13:05 AM »
The last time I was there I found it very easy to catch the skytrain i to town and walk to my hotel. And that was lugging a suitcase on wheels. I may take a taxi from the train station now though. I am not as young as I once was! 🐣🐣🐣
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2015, 10:16:08 AM »
For the Airport Shuttle, is it for the specific Hotel, or generic?  Does the Sheraton have a complementary shuttle of it's own?
Never mind.  Just answered my own question.

FYI:
Vancouver Airport Shuttle
Travel to Vancouver in hassle-free style when you stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport.  Relax and enjoy a peaceful sleep knowing that our hotel is only 5 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport. Designed for business and leisure travelers on the go, our complimentary Vancouver Airport shuttle runs 24-hours a day and leaves the hotel every 30 minutes. Our concierge is happy to help coordinate your flights and transfers.

Vancouver Airport Shuttle to and from the Hotel
We provide regular shuttle service from to the main terminal at Vancouver International Airport starting at 5:00am with the last shuttle leaving the hotel at midnight.  For Vancouver airport shuttle service between midnight and 5:00am, our front desk is happy to set-up your departure time. International and Domestic pick-up areas on the arrivals level of the airport are marked as hotel shuttle pick up areas.

If you need shuttle service from the airport, call the hotel from the display board in baggage claim areas of the airport or call us directly at 800-663-0299 or 604-273-7878 and request a pick up. Please wait for your shuttle at the designated area.

South Terminal and FBOs
If you need a transfer to the South Terminal, simply tell the driver. If you want to be picked up from the South Terminal or Fixed Based Operators, please call the hotel. Service from the FBOs to the hotel are by request only.
 
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2015, 05:11:26 AM »
I would like to visit Grouse Mountain again. Do the tour buses come up to the airport hotels for pick up?
Last time I was staying downtown and got picked up outside the hotel.
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2015, 11:30:15 PM »
I would like to visit Grouse Mountain again. Do the tour buses come up to the airport hotels for pick up?
Last time I was staying downtown and got picked up outside the hotel.
thanks, Barbara Mountjoy
They only do a shuttle in the summer but you can take the bus to the base of the Mt, I've done it before a few times.
 

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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2015, 03:45:34 PM »
My way of getting around is 'go that way'
I may need to attach a GPS to myself so I can find my way back  ;D ;D
 

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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2015, 11:43:32 AM »
My way of getting around is 'go that way'
I may need to attach a GPS to myself so I can find my way back  ;D ;D

Hahah I'm the same way most of the time! GPS = phone  ;D
 

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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2015, 12:22:11 PM »
My way of getting around is 'go that way'
I may need to attach a GPS to myself so I can find my way back  ;D ;D

Hahah I'm the same way most of the time! GPS = phone  ;D

 ;D  ::) Soooo glad I am not the only one haha!! :D
I am hoping to have a new phone by this event, so I'll have to figure out the mapping cause I'm seriously hopeless!!!
 

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2016, 07:37:08 PM »
For those who don't want to drive while sightseeing and then trying to find a place to park, there are a few touring companies that I've used when visiting the Vancouver area...the Vancouver Double Decker Tour http://www.taketours.com/vancouver/vancouver-double-decker-tour-322-529.html and the Vancouver Trolley http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/tours/hop-on-hop-off. The double decker bus tour ticket is good for 48 hours which is good if everything can't be visited in one day. Just offering an alternative for transportation. I've exited the Burrard St skytrain station to catch a bus, and the traffic is hectic.
 
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