Planning a stay in the magnificent city of Vancouver and exploring its treasures on a budget can be a seemingly difficult task. However, you can avoid burning a hole in your pocket by bearing some money-saving tips in mind.
Getting to Vancouver
There are numerous online travel agencies that present good offers for discounted flights to Vancouver along with all-inclusive package deals.
For example, Flightnetwork.com specializes in offering highly discounted prices for domestic and International flights including: Air Canada, WestJet, United Airlines, and British Airways.
Stick to the Economy Class and schedule your flight during weekdays to acquire better deals.
If the available flights do not meet your budget, skip to flights that include stopover to reduce the price further.
Alternatively, you can board a flight to Seattle and rent a 2-hour drive to Vancouver.
From the airport to the heart of city
A taxi ride from the airport to Downtown Vancouver would cost you roughly $25-$35 (CAD). You can also inquire about airport shuttles offered by hotels that are relatively cheaper than taxis.
Another budget alternative is to board bus #424 near the domestic terminal.
Getting around the city
Though the city does not have many freeways, it has an extensive and modern metro network called the “SkyTrain”. This automated train covers most parts of the city. Vancouver also has efficient bus service.
The transit fare is applicalble for both the SkyTrain and buses. You can also purchase a “DayPass” and gain unlimited access to the train or bus service for a flat charge of $9 (CAD) per day.
Taxis are comparatively cheaper in Vancouver as compared to other major cities. For short rides in the Downtown area, you would pay a fare of $5 – $10 (CAD). There is a also ferry service called the “SeaBus” that transports passengers from the heart of Vancouver to the North part of the city.
If the weather is favourable, the best option is to hire a cycle. Vancouver is a very cycle-friendly city with an expanding network of cycle lanes.
Where to stay
There are many budget hotels in Vancouver along the SkyTrain route and outskirts of Downtown Vancouver.
However, ensure that the hotel is in close proximity to the nearest station or city attractions to save taxi fare.
If you are running on a tight budget, search for budget hostels with shared accommodation that can cost $30 a night.
Saving on city attractions
One of the best things to do is to buy the “Entertainment Book for Vancouver” which will help you save on food and admission charges for major city attractions. Buy the book well in advance to receive discounts of almost 75% on the original purchasing price.
The book is full of buy-one-get-one coupons that slash entry fees by half for attractions like Vancouver Aquarium and Space Centre. You can also use the coupons for getting discounts for casual dining as well as fine dining restaurants.
Hope you have a great time in Vancouver – already been? What was your favorite part?