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I'd like to head up to Whistler to do some paddleboarding and hiking. However, I don't have a car. I could use the car co-ops, or there may well just be a cheap and easy bus, train or plane.

So to that end, what's the cheapest public transport way to get to the town of Whistler from Vancouver? I want scheduled options, as I'd need to be there at a particular time (yet to be determined). So hitchhiking doesn't work in this case :/

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I guess this is for soon, rather than the winter? (I gather there are a wider range of options available during the ski season) –  Gagravarr Jul 11 '12 at 23:17
    
Yup, paddleboarding and hiking aren't as easy in the winter, what with the frozen lakes and all ;) I'll update the question though. –  Mark Mayo Jul 11 '12 at 23:25
    
hey, are you going to accept an answer or are you waiting for a bus under $10 round-trip? because under $15 one-way I am not even sure carpooling is cheaper. –  Vince Aug 28 '12 at 7:20
    
I'm just letting the bounty run its course (3 days) and then I'll accept. I asked it back in July and only just got these answers, so I'm not in a huge rush just yet :) Don't worry, I've not forgotten it, and voted your answer up the day you posted it. –  Mark Mayo Aug 28 '12 at 7:23
    
yeah I see, well actually I don't see the point of using a bounty for such a question (you live there, who here do you expect can find a cheaper way?), especially if you don't consider answers worth it. –  Vince Aug 28 '12 at 8:27
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It seems Greyhound is operating a bus between Vancouver and Whistler, for 30 dollars max one way. The web fare is $20 and if you book at least 3 weeks in advance, it can be as low as $15 .

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Best solution: Greyhound Bus for $40 return.

I've spent about 2 hours researching this and bus is definitely your cheapest option. Rail, Plane and Car rental are going to be more expensive.

Looks tough to get any kind of public transport outside of the ski season. Most buses don't seem to be running.

EDIT: In my original answer I didn't have Greyhound because their website was not showing any buses travelling in the next couple of months. It seems this was a bug rather than a lack of services running. So this is now your cheapest option. Thanks to @vince for posting his answer I had another look.

Greyhound, $40 return

Only other bus found: Pacific Coach: $88 return:

If you're lucky, you'll find a ride through a ride-sharing service like zimride, which would probably halve the cost, this ride for example is $20 one way:

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