How to travel from Toronto to Vancouver

By Tim Kroeger January 2, 2020 Canada, North America, Vancouver

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Finally doing that Toronto to Vancouver dream trip of yours? Let us help you make your journey to Vancouver from Toronto a comfortable and an enjoyable one.

Ask a Canadian or an avid traveller, and chances are he or she would tell you that a cross-Canadian trip is on his or her bucket list. Not only is it a huge feat to accomplish but it is also a fulfilling journey to start (and finish!)

The route promises breathtaking sceneries all throughout the trip, whether you go by plane, by train, by bus or by your own car.

While the public transport modes servicing Toronto and Vancouver are quite notorious for their delays, I don’t think I would mind – to an extent. If what I will be seeing is a mix of green landscapes, city life and towering mountains, maybe the rush isn’t worth pushing for after all. 

The key to having an enjoyable trip to Vancouver from Toronto is having a flexible and workable itinerary!

How far is Toronto from Vancouver?

The distance between Toronto and Vancouver is 2092 miles or 3366 kilometers. 

Getting to Vancouver from Toronto

How to travel from Toronto to Vancouver

1. Book a flight from Toronto to Vancouver

Airlines such as Air Transat, Air Canada, WestJet and Flair Airlines travel to Vancouver from Toronto daily. They depart from Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) to Vancouver International (YVR.) Direct flights from Toronto to Vancouver cost about 100 USD to 145 USD.

It takes five hours and 15 minutes to travel by air from Toronto to Vancouver. Add in a minimum of two hours for airport procedures to commence.

2. Toronto to Vancouver by train

Dubbed as the most classic way to travel through Canada, you can take a train from Toronto to Vancouver BC via The Canadian. No wonder it is dubbed by National Geographic as one of the world’s best train routes. 

Travel a total of 4,460 kilometers in four days and four nights to fulfill this cross-Canada trip. While this full journey runs for a total of 86 hours excluding delays, the train makes necessary stops at its Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper stations.

Your options when booking train tickets from Toronto to Vancouver are as follows:

  • Prestige – massive cabins with Murphy beds, private shower rooms, flat screen television, couch, luxurious food and beverage choices, exceptional baggage services, priority boarding, station lounge access and other onboard amenities
  • Sleeper Plus – spacious armchairs, cabin options, in-car shower access, select food and beverage choices, baggage assistance, priority boarding, limited station lounge access and other onboard amenities
  • Economy Plus – comfortable reclining seat with tray table, light food and beverages, baggage services and other onboard amenities

The cost to come from Toronto to Vancouver by train ranges from 444 USD  to 4,655 USD. Your fare depends on the option you wish to avail.

3. Ride a bus from Toronto to Vancouver

Greyhound offers a bus service which travels to Vancouver from Toronto. This trip involves quite a lot of transfers – in Detroit, Indianapolis, Denver, Stanfield and Seattle before arriving at Vancouver, BC. There are also a few layovers in different locations along the way. 

Your cross-Canada bus trip starts at the Coach Terminal of Greyhound in Toronto and arrives at the Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.  

The bus trip from Toronto to Vancouver takes around four days and 14 hours. The bus fare starts at 312 USD. 

4. Drive a car from Toronto to Vancouver

You can make a full itinerary out of your long drive between Toronto and Vancouver.

The shortest possible time to drive from Toronto to Vancouver is four days, taking the Trans-Canadian Highway and driving about ten hours a day. This route will take you straight from Toronto to Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, off to Banff, Kamloops and then, finally, Vancouver. 

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If you want a more relaxed pace, allot at least five days to travel between the two cities. In those five days, 44 hours will be spent on the road. This option requires you to cross the borders and pass by cities in the United States. If you don’t want that kind of hassle, it is probably better to stick to the first one.

Should you wish to rent a car for this long drive, the cost to rent starts at 58 USD per day. This price includes unlimited mileage, free cancellation and the convenience of dropping off the vehicle in Vancouver.

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