How do I get from Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to Whistler in the winter?
You'll likely have to take the city bus from Horseshoe Bay into downtown Vancouver and then pick up a coach there to Whistler. It'll involve a bit of backtracking, but I don't think there's a way to get from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler, unless you're willing to fork out money for a taxi, but that'll be pricey.
I think Greyhound bus may do this route..but possibly only in the summer??? They show Horseshoe Bay as a stop but a check shows no service for this week.
There is a Greyhound Coach that picks up outside the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, southbound at 12h40 pm. You then go to Pacific Central Station in Vancouver where you then transfer to a Greyhound which departs at 2h30 pm. It basically backtracks to Horseshoe Bay but drives right on by to Whistler, arriving at 5 pm.
You would have to purchase a ticket for all this online so that they can alert the driver that there is a pax to be picked up in HB. Greyhound has an abysmal record for customer service in Canada, so I would suggest you take the #257 Vancouver Express public transit bus into Vancouver for about an hour. You'd want to get off at either Burrard (to walk 100 metres to Burrard Station) or Granville St (to walk 200 metres to Granville Station) to take Skytrain to Main St Station and Pacific Central Station. There, you could buy a ticket in person for a Greyhound to Whistler. This would be much more secure than buying an e-ticket from Greyhound for a HB pick up.
You could also look at taking Epic Rides to Whistler after taking public transit into the city. The cost is very reasonable but no wifi and no onboard toilets.
To take the #257 bus, you would buy your Compass Ticket at the Compass Vending Machines at the foot of the escalator at the exit doors from the HB terminal. Epic Rides picks up at Burrard Station, on Melville St outside the back door to the Hyatt Hotel. There would be several coaches, shuttles there, so keep an eye out.
Is there a bus I can catch at the ferry terminal?
What time would I have to be there to catch the bus? What time ferry to coincide?
Can I purchase the ticket to Whistler on the ferry?
I usually drive my car, but have no snow tires and no experience driving in the snow and my family doesn’t want me driving. I am totally stressed out because I have a problem with my foot (severe Plantars Fasciitis) and can’t walk too far.
Can someone please help me out? Thank you...
Hi Karen ~
This thread is fairly old now and the information in it is no longer in effect.
You will have to take the ferry as a walk on passenger at Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay. On the ferry, from the gift shop, you can buy a Compass Ticket. When you get to Horseshoe Bay, you walk out to the curb in front of the terminal building to take the #257 Vancouver Express. It gets to Burrard and Georgia in about 45 minutes. You will then have to walk a block north to Melville and Burrard at the back door to the Hyatt Hotel to catch the Epic Rides shuttle to Whistler. There are washrooms up the escalator at the back door to the Hyatt. At the top of the escalator, do a U-turn down the hall toward what looks like the entrance to the pub.
Map of the walk: https://goo.gl/maps/cas5AbQ8Ji82
Check out Epic Rides to see what their schedule is so that you can time your ferry from Departure Bay.
So far this means 1.5 hours for the ferry and 45 min for the bus into the city. Epic Rides takes 2 hours I believe to Whistler.
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Thanks for posting, Sam. I didn't check post 5 from 6 months ago.
Interesting T&Cs. Benz forces the purchase of a Return ticket for $40 which expires if not used within 6 hours. ?? And Ridebooker's cheapest option wants $315 for a taxi, capacity of 2 passengers.
I don't see anywhere on the Benz site that you have to buy a return ticket??? One way is $44.58 with taxes in. So yes $20 more than Epic one way but probably a lot more convenient than schlepping all the way downtown with luggage and then back out to Whistler.
@Karen, assuming you got the 10:40 ferry from Departure Bay you should arrive in Horseshoe Bay by 12:15. It's 450 meters or about a 10 minute walk or less from the ferry itself to Blenz Coffee,( the pick up point for Benz) This would give you ample time to schedule the 1 pm pick up.
You should be aware that a recent review of Benz was less than stellar but it's a 2 hour ride max so check reviews, decide if the time saving is worth the extra cost or not.
Walking from the ferry to the bus#257 will be about the same as it's a long walk off of those ferries!
How long will you be in Whistler? I ask because another way to tackle this is to take the Duke Point ferry to Tswassen, drive to the airport and use long term parking, then take one of the airport shuttles to Whistler. Do the journey in reverse on your return.
This will be considerably more expensive as the shuttle is $69 each way plus you'll be paying for parking. It might however be more convenient for you. Just putting it out there as another option.