Getting to Vancouver
Arriving by Car
- I-5 Freeway from the United States (USA).
- Vancouver is 38 km (24 miles) north of the USA border – a 45 minute drive.
- Three-hour drive – 235 km (145 miles) north of Seattle, USA.
Arriving by Rail
- All trains arrive into downtown Vancouver via the Pacific Central Rail Station.
- Destinations across Canada and the Pacific Northwest offered.
- Serviced by VIA Rail, Amtrak and Rocky Mountain Vacations.
- The journey from Vancouver to Seattle takes four hours.
Crossing the U.S. / Canadian Border
Border Wait Times
The following websites will show you the wait times for each country’s customs inspections:
- Southbound Traffic (Travelling from Canada to the USA): Canada Border Wait Times
- Northbound Traffic (Travelling from the USA to Canada): U.S. Border Wait Times
Border Traffic Webcams
Select one of the following to view webcam feeds of traffic at the U.S./Canadian border:
- Southbound Traffic (Travelling from Canada to the USA): Canada Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
- Northbound Traffic (Travelling from the USA to Canada): Washington State Department of Transportation
Border Crossing Identification Requirements
Identification requirements for crossing the U.S./Canadian border are determined by the Department of Homeland Security. More information pertaining to border crossing identification requirements can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
Getting Around Vancouver
WCD Convention Centre – Hotel Shuttle Buses
Complimentary dedicated convention centre buses will shuttle delegates between downtown hotels and the 23RD World Congress of Dermatology throughout meeting. Details and shuttle schedules will be updated to the website closer to the Congress dates.
Vancouver is one of the world’s most walkable and scenic cities. Almost all of the major downtown hotels are located within a 5-30 minute walk from the 23RD World Congress of Dermatology.
SkyTrain and Buses
The SkyTrain is a completely automated commuter rail system which offers direct and efficient service between downtown Vancouver, Burnaby and suburban environs. SkyTrain stations have elevators and each train is wheelchair accessible. The SkyTrain system is supported by an extensive network of public buses.
Buses on 78 routes are wheelchair lift equipped or have low-floor buses. The SkyTrain links with buses at most of the stations and connects with the SeaBus in Downtown Vancouver.
The SeaBus is a unique, passenger-only, wheelchair accessible ferry service. It runs from Vancouver’s downtown Waterfront SkyTrain station to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. It’s the only marine transit system of its kind in the world. The scenic crossing of the Burrard Inlet takes 12 minutes and bikes are welcome.
All taxis in Vancouver are safe, clean, efficient and metered by law. They are equipped with GPS navigation systems.
Wheelchair and Disabled Access
Vancouver is a world leader in providing extensive wheelchair access in public buildings and transit.