Tourist Guide

Getting Around

Ferry to Vancouver Island
The B.C. Ferry terminal is only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond with sailings to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Regular daily sailings to Swartz Bay (Victoria) leave the Port of Tsawwassen every two hours on the odd hour with more frequent sailings during summer months and holidays. Daily sailings are also available on the Mid-Island Express from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo. Call the Ferry Hotline at 604-277-0277 for rates and seasonal schedules. Advance reservations can be made for an additional fee. Paid parking is also available if you want to leave your vehicle at the Ferry Terminal on the mainland.

Visit the BC Ferries Website at www.bcferries.bc.ca.

The Airport

Located on Richmond's second largest island, Sea Island, the Vancouver International Airport is less than ten minutes away from downtown Richmond and is easily accessible by public transit, hotel shuttle, taxi and limousine services. Visitors on flights originating in Vancouver must pay a small departure fee before entering security gates. For more information visit the Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR) web site.

Car Rental

All major car rental companies have locations at the airport. Regular shuttles are available to take you from arrival and departure gates and the car rental lot of your choice. Several car rental companies also operate in Richmond City Centre.

Cycling to the Other Side

In the summer, The Ministry of Highways operates an hourly shuttle service for cyclists through the George Massey Tunnel. Pick up and drop off points are on the West side of Highway 99, opposite Tourism Richmond's Visitor Information Centre, and at the junction of Highways 99 and 17, near the Town and Country Inn. See the Regional Cycling Section of this website for more information.

Driving and Bike Safety

B.C.'s driving laws are consistent with those of other provinces and most U.S. States. Provincial law requires that all passengers wear seat-belts; infant restraints must secure children under five years old and motorcyclists and bicyclists must wear helmets. To ensure your safety and that of others, B.C. strictly enforces its impaired driving law. If involved in an accident with a B.C. licensed and registered vehicle, call 604-520-8222.

Services for People with Disabilities

Special parking spaces are provided throughout Richmond. Temporary handicapped parking permits are available at City Hall. Services are also available for persons who are hearing or speech impaired. The City of Richmond also offers Special Needs Assistance to enable people with disabilities to enjoy and participate in a variety of activities. Call 604-276-4107 for further information.

Wheelchair Accessible transportation can be arranged through Richmond Cabs 604-272-1111 or Kimber Cabs 604-278-2155.  If you are a Handidart customer from another jurisdiction, Handidart transportation can be arranged well in advance of travel. Call 604-279-7090 for Handydart  information. Call 604-453-4634 for general information on accessible public transit, or see: www.translink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services/Accessibility/accessible_transit.asp


Public Transportation
The Coast Mountain Bus Company services operate throughout Richmond and Greater Vancouver and are easy to access and very convenient. Call 604-521-0400 for routes and schedules or visit their website at www.coastmountainbus.com.