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Easiest/Best Way to get from Seattle to Vancouver

Jul 25th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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Easiest/Best Way to get from Seattle to Vancouver

We'll be flying into Seattle and will need to get up to Vancouver. What's the best way to do this - rent a car?? bus?? train?? and do you think there's any long wait at the border?

Thanks in advance!!
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Jul 25th, 2007, 05:50 PM
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I've been to YVR from Mississippi 3 times. I changed planes in Seattle and flew on Horizon Air to YVR. You could do the same quite easily but you can drive as well. Looks like about 3 hours depending on traffic and border crossing time.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 07:25 PM
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I've done the train from Vancouver to Seattle, but not the reverse. It is an easy trip, we cleared immigation in Vancouver before boarding the train. The drive is OK, but depending on when you arrive, the wait at the border can be long.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 07:49 PM
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There's one train a day, leaves Seattle at 7:45 AM, arrives in Vancouver around noon.

A one-way car rental will usually cost around $130 - $150, drive is 3 hours not counting the border, which can be lengthy or quick depending on time of day, day of week, phase of moon, attitude of Canadian border people, etc.

Buses are plentiful but not much fun. You can get the Quick Shuttle (www.quickcoach.com) straight from Seattle airport to Vancouver airport or downtown (including cruise terminals.)
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Jul 25th, 2007, 08:09 PM
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We just drove to and from Seattle-Vancouver about 10 days ago.

It took longer to go from Seattle to Vancouver, about an hour, vs the return which took about 35 minutes. Believe that there were two additional lanes on the Canadian side which made the return trip across the border faster.

Both trips were during midday, 11am - 3pm timeframe.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 10:23 PM
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Easytraveler is referring to the border wait. It is unpredictable, but I think Canadians go shopping in the US, so it may take more time crossing south in the mornings and going north at night.

I like the Amtrak idea.
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