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Taxis & Transfers

A helpful guide to taxi's & transfers around Canada. 


As a rule, we do not include transfers from / to the airport in Toronto. In addition, from / to the airport and from / to the cruise terminal in Vancouver. Similarly, if you are travelling on Via Rail between two cities, then transfers from / to the railway stations are not included. Note: Rocky Mountaineer transfers are generally included from / to your hotel and the Rocky Mountaineer train station. Please refer to your booking summary. 

Why no city transfers? The prepaid taxi service we offered in the past was proving problematic as private taxi companies, post pandemic, grew smaller and the likes of Uber grew larger. Clients were waiting too long for their pickups and noted it was quicker/easer for the hotel concierge to confirm a taxi on their behalf and pay locally, or book an Uber, Lyft, or KABU themselves. However, if you would prefer a pre organised transfer, we are happy to arrange this. Please contact your consultant / customer services for a quote. 

Cost is also a factor. The public transit service from airport to downtown in Vancouver and Toronto e.g. are fast and efficient, cost effective, and in addition when it comes to taxis, many cities in Canada have a set airport to downtown rate, so there is peace of mind when it comes to cost.


Toronto UPS Express

One of the easiest ways to travel from Toronto airport to your Downtown Toronto hotel is by using the UP Express. Services run every 15 minutes from 5 am to 11 pm, you can pre-purchase your tickets in advance online or on arrival. Tickets cost CAD12.25 one way or CAD24.50 return. The Greater Toronto Area consists of over 8 million residents so the UP Express is a great way to ensure city traffic doesn't inadvertently inflate your taxi fare. The service is very modern, incredibly efficient, and designed to get you where you need to be faster and easier.

UPS Express Tickets


Taxis at Toronto Airport (YYZ)

Journey time to downtown Toronto approximately 30minutes. Cost approximately $61.

Click here for Toronto Airport's taxi estimator


Canada Line: Public Transport

From Vancouver International airport simply follow the signs from 'Arrivals' to 'The Canada Line', it is incredibly well-signposted and very easy to use, it costs just CAD$3.10pp and will take you directly from the airport into the heart of the city or vice versa. Apart from affordability the Canada Line also takes less time and avoids busy city traffic, getting you where you need to be quickly and efficiently. From the Vancouver City Centre Station, most hotels are just a $CAD5.00- $CAD10.00 taxi ride away.

Canada Line Schedule

To work out your route: https://www.translink.ca/trip-planner and click on the go to trip planner tab.


Taxis at Vancouver Airport (YVR)

Journey time to downtown Vancouver approximately 35minutes. Cost approximately $34.
Licensed Taxis: https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/transportation/taxis
Ride app services: https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/transportation/ride-app-services


Coming off a Cruise

Taxi to Downtown Hotel:

A taxi from the cruise terminal (Canada Place street level in front of the Pan Pacific Hotel) to a downtown hotel is approximately $15CAD. 

Taxi to Vancouver Airport:

A taxi from the cruise terminal (Canada Place street level in front of the Pan Pacific Hotel) to Vancouver airport (YVR) see Google Maps for route, is approximately $38.00.

Left luggage facilities at Canada Place Pier:


Taxis at Montreal Airport (YUL)

Journey time to downtown Montreal approximately 20-30minutes. Cost approximately $48.

A one-way taxi ride from the airport to downtown Montreal costs CA$48.40). The taxi rank is at the arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you. No reservation is required. All taxi operators working out of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport are required to have a permit and to comply with its terms and conditions. https://www.admtl.com/en/access/taxis-limousines

The Banff Roam Bus is best and easiest way to travel around Banff.

The Roam bus is a form of public transport which allows guests and locals to reach some of Banff’s top attractions. There are six different routes guests can take with a popular route being Route 1 which goes along Banff Avenue and up to Rimrock Hotel, Banff Gondola and Banff Hot Springs. During the summer this route runs every 10 minutes, making it the best way to travel from your downtown hotel to Banff’s top attractions.

Bus tickets can be purchased in advanced for details on costs and ticket desks please see the Roam Transit website. https://roamtransit.com/fares/

Guests staying at the following hotels are provided free transit passes on the Banff Local services when staying. Ask reception when you arrive to receive you pass:

  • Banff Caribou Lodge
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn
  • Fox Hotel & Suites
  • Moose Hotel & Suites
  • Rimrock Resort Hotel
  • Irwin’s Mountain Inn
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotels

There is an online live map showing where the buses are and when they are due there is also an app you can follow live buses on too. If you decide to use the app the map location setting you should use is Roam Transit.

Roam Transit Live Map

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