|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||October||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||£419||Average for round-trip flights in October 2020|
|Round-trip from||£322||From London to Vancouver|
|One-way from||£185||One-way flight from London to Vancouver|
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Vancouver along with the rest of Canada. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. Travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people registered under the Indian Act may only enter Canada for essential purposes. Entrance will be denied to people travelling for tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits or religious functions. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their immediate family members, diplomats, airline crews, and travellers arriving from the United States who are travelling for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes may still enter Canada. Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students with valid study permits or approvals for study permits valid from at least 18 March 2020, and permanent resident applicants who received approval before 18 March 2020 who had not yet travelled to Canada, may still enter the country. Other people with special dispensation to enter Canada include French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, people registered under the Indian Act, visa-exempt refugees and their immediate families, and those with special authorisation from the Canadian government. Travellers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada. If they exhibit symptoms on arrival they will be referred to the Canadian Public Health Agency. Travellers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country. Travellers must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival at their final destination in Canada. Travellers who disembarked from a cruise ship with a known COVID-19 outbreak like the ‘Diamond Princess’ will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer.. If you are looking to book a trip to Vancouver and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Tourists begin to arrive starting in spring time, with the peak season in full swing around July and August before slowing down at the end of autumn. Flights to Vancouver are not cheap during the peak season so be sure to secure your flight tickets in advance for the best savings. Vancouver does benefit from having warm summers and mild winters so you’re never trapped indoors for long. The summer is full of film and jazz festivals as well as some of the world’s greatest music festivals so book your flights to Vancouver as early as you can to avoid paying excessive amounts for your flight tickets.
September and October and May and June make up the ‘shoulder season’ so look for cheap flights to Vancouver around then. You’ll still have warm weather but the bustling crowds of tourists will be non-existent. Winter is a great time to visit if you like skiing, other than that Vancouver is very quiet and cold. You can find the cheapest flights to Vancouver over winter though, so depending on the kind of holiday you want it could be a great option.
To find the cheapest flights to Vancouver, your best bet is to be flexible. Although May typically offers cheap flight tickets, by being flexible you can scan over the entire year and pick and choose what works best for you. Avoid travelling during the peak season and festivals last minute as you will pay through the roof for your flights to Vancouver. If you do want to travel then book your flights at least two or three months in advance, or more if you can. Last minute deals are rare these deals and the longer you wait the more you’ll have to pay. Depending on the approach of the plane, one side will offer better views than the other so it’s a bit of a gamble. However try to avoid sitting next to the wings as this will obscure most of your view.
Flights from London to Vancouver: 9 hours 35 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Vancouver: 13 hours 15 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Vancouver: 12 hours 55 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Vancouver: 13 hours 15 minutes
There are many airlines that offer flights to Vancouver, although the main ones are British Airways, Finnair, Air Canada and Lufthansa. The prices are all very similar although this can depend on the time of year and how competitive it is. The low season will obviously offer cheap flights to Vancouver when compared to the peak season, so decide when you want to travel and compare one or two airlines to see who offers the best value.
The Canada Line is a very reliable and frequent way to get from the airport into the city, only taking around 25 minutes. Another option is to check with your hotel if they provide a courtesy shuttle bus, as most tend to. You can call your hotel to arrange a shuttle pick up from levels 2 at the airport; however it’s best to check before you travel that they do provide the service. Taxis are very expensive in Canada, and getting to the city is no different. That said, if there are a few of you to split the fare then it can work out okay, just be sure to agree on a fee beforehand and ask for a receipt.