Choose your preferred language. We speak English (US) and 41 other languages.
Most often used by people in the United States
What’s not to like about Vancouver? The locals are famously friendly, and they’re big into healthy living and all things independent. Which means that you’re never far away from wholesome, great-outdoors adventures or a great glass of craft beer. Cheers!
A Vancouver vantage point. This spaceship-shaped observation deck is perched on top of a skyscraper. This non-flying saucer slowly revolves, giving you a full panorama. Chatty guides are on hand to point out landmarks as they spin the Vancouver yarn. For a special evening, book a table at the restaurant and watch as the cityscape transforms into an ocean of twinkling lights.Accommodations near Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre
This science museum gets inquisitive minds whirring. Through its array of hands-on exhibits, visitors of all ages engage with science while having rip-roaring fun! Connect your heartbeat to a bass drum, build your own skyscrapers out of wood and run on an energy-measuring kinetic wheel. Then sit down to an immersive experience at the on-site IMAX cinema.Accommodations near Science World
Reach for the beach. On sunny days, endorphin-seeking Vancouverites flock to this stretch of coastline. With food stalls and an all-round positive vibe, it’s one of the city’s best spots when the mercury starts to rise. Yet it’s at dusk that English Bay really comes into its own. The glowing sun casts its kaleidoscope colours across the sky, heightening many a romantic moment.Accommodations near English Bay
What a transformation! This dockside complex was once an industrial wasteland, destined for the scrapheap. Thankfully, in the 1970s, these old storehouses were reclaimed and turned into a buzzing waterside hub of shopping and culture. To the sound of buskers’ melodies wafting through the air, browse the boutiques for artisan jewellery, funky paper products or quirky artworks.Accommodations near Granville Island
The oceans are Planet Earth’s final frontier. This aquarium brings some of the mysteries of the deep to your doorstep. The creatures on display range from tiny jellyfish to cuddly otters, and everything in between. After a more intimate encounter? Book in advance for a hands-on Animal Encounter Experience, or pack your PJs for a sleepover!Accommodations near Vancouver Aquarium
A park with patrimony. The peninsula now known as Stanley Park used to be the traditional lands of indigenous peoples such as the Squamish and the Musqueam. Clusters of brightly coloured totem poles give a nod to the previous inhabitants and their culture. Hop on your bike and roll through the groves, and take a spin round the seawall, with the glistening bay at your side.Accommodations near Stanley Park
Long live the “Queen E”! This city park sits on a hill that pokes above the skyline, making it a vista-seeker’s delight. If you’re into fun and games, take your pick from roller hockey, lawn bowls and even disc golf (don’t ask, just try it). If you prefer escapism to exertion, duck into Bloedel Conservatory, a glass-covered jungle paradise where exotic birds flutter overhead.Accommodations near Queen Elizabeth Park
This isn’t your average walk in the park. The woodland around Capilano Canyon is slung with walkways. They wind through the forest canopy, across the ravine and jut out from the cliff-face. Experience nature from a new angle, surrounded by birdsong and the sweet scent of fir sap. Head up early to avoid the crowds and preserve the feeling of quiet forest immersion.Accommodations near Capilano Suspension Bridge
Hiking heaven. Lynn Canyon Park is made up of 617 hectares of walkable woodland. There are trails for all levels, from rookie ramblers to hard-core hikers. Pop on your comfiest shoes and wander the woodland, among the thick, grizzled trunks of Douglas firs and Western red cedars. If you’re feeling particularly daring, head to the 30-foot pool and plunge into its icy waters!Accommodations near Lynn Canyon Park
On clear days, there’s no better place to gaze over the cityscape than this mountain lookout. Those with calves of steel should take on the Grouse Grind, the hike to the top that’s a rite of passage for any self-respecting Vancouverite. If you’d rather save your energy, hop on a gondola. From the top, the views sweep out across the Salish Sea.Accommodations near Grouse Mountain
8.3 Very good
Score from 683 reviews
$157Average price per night
The centre of the action. Downtown is a whirlwind of bag-laden shoppers, natty businesspeople and wide-eyed tourists. Stage buffs take in matinées on Granville Street, and joggers zip round Stanley Park. Munch tip-top sushi at Guu Restaurant, then quaff a pint in this charming pub, Morrissey. Finish up sipping cocktails in swanky Venue Club.Accommodations in Downtown Vancouver
“Kits” has undergone quite a transformation. Back in the ‘60s, it was the far-out focus for hippy happenings. It’s mellowed with age, though – nowadays, it’s classic suburbia, with a leafy charm and family-friendly sense of calm. The only remnant of past glories is Naam Restaurant, purveyor of veggie dishes and live guitar music. Freakin’ A, man!Accommodations in Kitsilano
To get a sense of Davie Village’s vibe, just head to the area’s main intersection. Instead of a black-and-white pedestrian crossing, you’ll find rainbow colours painted on the street. This flamboyant road marking hints at Davie’s proudly inclusive outlook. People-watch over an ice cream at Sunset Beach, then flounce down to Celebrities nightclub.Accommodations in Davie Village
Yaletown loves lookin’ good. By day, yoga fanatics float between classes, rolled up mat and organic juice in hand. Joggers flash million-dollar smiles as they whizz effortlessly along the seawall. Come nightfall, it’s the turn of Yaletown’s classy cocktail crowd, who come dressed to impress. Toast the high life at OPUS Bar and the George Lounge.Accommodations in Yaletown
Hipsters try to eschew the mainstream, but Main Street bucks the trend. This is where you’ll find Vancouver’s highest concentration of vintage clothes outlets and cult coffee shops. Ironic tattoos and vegan cuisine are the order of the day in Foundation Restaurant. Brassneck’s serious about beer, and The Fox Cabaret is a beacon of offbeat culture.Accommodations in Main Street
Commercial Drive: full of high-street outlets and flashy cars, right? Wrong! This is one of the city’s most alternative areas, where the quirky, the nerdy and the downright strange find a home. Dig for vinyl at Audiopile, then swing by Café Deux Soleils for muffins and stand-up. If you’re into board games and sci-fi, seek out Storm Crow Tavern.Accommodations in Commercial Drive
Hastings keeps it real. A strong sense of community binds the diffuse strands of this multi-cultural district together. Strike up conversation with a regular at The Brighton Pub, and tuck into a hearty brunch at the unfussy Red Wagon Bistro. Then max out on old-school adrenaline at PNE Fairground and Hastings Racetrack.Accommodations in Hastings
An explosion of cool is detonating in Gastown. Once known as a rundown area, it’s currently swapping upstarts for start-ups, and moonshine for craft beer. Warm up with a taste of esoteric brews in Alibi Room or Portside. Then get your head-bang on at Hindenburg, where late-night happy hour and live rock music make for a wild night.Accommodations in Gastown
Born in Australia and raised in Vancouver, Emily loves hiking the North Shore with friends.
Outside of Vancouver is the town of Deep Cove where you will find Quarry Rock. It's a huge outcrop of rock that you can hike up to, and it gives you the most amazing view of the area. Traditionally, after the hike it's best to grab coffee and doughnuts at Honey's Cafe. You've earned it!Accommodations nearby
Shawn is a writer and musician who's often to be found hanging out in Mount Pleasant.
On lazy Sundays I like to meet up with friends for brunch on Main Street, and then relax in the sun at "Dude Chilling" Park. The park is actually called Guelph Park, but it features a large wooden statue of a lounging man. It has since affectionately been renamed "Dude Chilling" Park.Accommodations nearby
Graham loves experiencing every aspect of British Columbia, including wrestling with tigers.
Down at the very Northern end of Main Street, you will find this awesome little beach park area. Crab Park overlooks part of the Port of Vancouver, the North Shore, and it's right next to Railtown and Gastown. But really it's just a little hidden oasis in the middle of the city.Accommodations nearby
Sports enthusiast Jason has spent his entire life living in or around Vancouver.
Near the University of BC is an interesting plot of forested wet lands with walking trails throughout. I recommend going for a trail run or just getting lost among the immense natural beauty. There is always something new to discover there.Accommodations nearby
Originally born in Brazil, snowboard fanatic Luis is right at home among BC's mountains.
Every summer the farmer's market at Trout Lake is the place to be on Saturday mornings. My wife and I like to go there and do all of our grocery shopping for the week, grab breakfast and coffee from a food truck and try out the unique homegrown samples.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Vancouver for food?
Oh yes I certainly would. I wish I could have tried all the restaurants on my list but sadly I ran out of time. Once again there truly is something for everyone. The options are endless and depending on your budget and your desires it's truly all there in lovely Vancouver!!See all 23 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from Vancouver so friendly? Tell us your story.
Locals were interested in your story, and in how you as a visitor perceived not just their city, but especially their neighbourhoods.See all 13 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do people say Vancouver can be seen best by foot?
Walking around the city is much easier than driving. Traffic can get bad, and it can be tricky (and expensive) to find parkingSee all 12 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
we consistently find great little restaurants wherever we are in Vancouver. try anything!See all 14 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why is the atmosphere in Vancouver something people rave about?
United States of America
people are friendly, the city sits in a truly beautiful area, many activities availableSee all 10 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Vancouver while avoiding the crowds?
United States of America
Use the public transit which can take you everywhere in the area .See all 24 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Vancouver.
Diverse and inexpensive quality goods and clothes.See all 17 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What effect did the scenery in Vancouver have on you?
Awesome. Peaceful and invigoratingSee all 16 answers
The cheaper of the two options to get from Vancouver Airport to the centre is by metro. The station is located just across the street from the main terminal, just follow signs marked "Canada Line". A single ticket costs CAD 9.00, and the journey takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can get a taxi from just outside the terminal. The journey to the centre takes around half an hour, and costs somewhere between CAD 30 and 40.
Vancouver's bus system is reliable and well organised, and it's integrated with the SkyTrain Metro and SeaBus networks. Tickets are valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and you can buy them on board or at machines at the stations. Remember that Vancouverites are serious about transport etiquette, so offer your seat to the elderly or disabled, take off rucksacks and move down the bus to make room for others!
Vancouver has 2 metro systems: the SkyTrain and Canada Line. Both function in much the same efficient way. Tickets are valid across all public transport networks. Each one lasts for an hour and 40 minutes, and price depends on the zones you're travelling to. You can buy them at any of the stations in the network. Stations are identifiable by the large "T" signs around the place.
Vancouver is an extremely bike-friendly city. Many people travel around on two wheels. There are lots of bike lanes, as well as entire streets that are designated exclusively for bicycles. There are also plenty of bike rental shops around the city.
Travelling by car inside Vancouver can be tricky. Although traffic tends not to be too bad outside of rush hour, parking spaces are generally quite hard to come by, and there aren't many city car parks around. Street parking is usually around CAD 1 for 30 minutes. Always check parking meters before leaving your vehicle - many zones have a time limit, and rates differ depending on the area.
As a port city, Vancouver has a water-based public transport option (SeaBus). It connects Downtown with the North Shore, where you'll find the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon. You can buy tickets from the machines at the stations - just look for a large "T" sign near the waterfront. Prices depend on the zones that you're travelling to and from, and each one is valid for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
We've negotiated with thousands of hotels to get the very best deals. We call them Secret Deals and they only last for a limited time.
You can get these deals for free by subscribing to our newsletters. You can even choose your favorite destinations to receive personalized deals.
Get started now by entering your email address. We'll instantly send you a link to our Deal Finder!
Don't worry – your email address is safe with us. We'll never share your private information and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Booking.com is part of The Priceline Group, the world leader in online travel & related services.
Please check your email and click the link to reset your password
Please check your email and click the link to reset your password
Manage An Existing Booking
No registration required