How to Get From Squamish to Whistler (and Back) - Transportation Options

Are you looking to for transportation options for the scenic 58 km (36 miles) from wild and rugged Squamish to Whistler and its sexy slopes? 

Here are the hostel's recommended ways to get from Squamish to Whistler (and back), with a few options dropping off and picking up right from our front door. 

The Greyhound Bus

 Photo from

Photo from

The Greyhound buses travel between Squamish's not-very-conveniently-located Garibaldi bus depot (Google maps), Whistler Creekside, and Whistler Village. 

To get to the Squamish Greyhound station, we recommend either walking (40 minutes), taking the city bus from Shoppers Drug Mart (20 minutes) or posting in the hostel's communication board for a ride (7 minutes). Alternatively, you can grab a taxi to the station.

Depending on the time of year, Greyhound leaves Squamish up to five times a day, and returns the same number of times. 

Book online for much cheaper rates, starting as low as $6 each way but typically closer to $10 one way. Don't forget your HI Membership when booking to get a 25% discount! 

IslandLink Express Bus

This round-trip-only bus departs at 7:00am from Pemberton Ave. between 2nd and 3rd, does a pickup at the Executive Suites Hotel, and drops riders off at Whistler Creekside and Village at around 7:50. The return trip leaves the Village at 5:30pm. 

The return trip cost is $25 if paid in cash or $20 if booked online (choose "Squamish Commuter to Whistler Creek and Village to Whistler Creek" as the origin). 


hitchplanet riders

Poparide (previously named HitchPlanet) is a Vancouver-based Uber-like service that connects you with people who are making the drive and have an extra seat. It is an excellent, inexpensive, fast, and convenient option to get from Squamish to Whistler and back.

The only question is whether you'll be lucky enough to find a driver who's got a seat available for the time your looking for. Typically you'll find a few rides available every day, and the number is increasing as Pop Rideshare continues to grow in popularity. 

Rides typically cost $7 dollars each way and the drivers are often flexible on pickup and drop-off locations. 


 Hopefully these two are not still waiting...

Hopefully these two are not still waiting...

It's free!

Hitchhiking from Squamish to Whistler and back is common and in both cities there are traffic lights along the highway which slow down traffic and increase your odds of hitching a ride. 

Unless there is a sign posted indicating otherwise, as long as there is a wide shoulder on the highway, hitchhiking is legal in BC.

We recommend walking a few meters past the hostel turn off, in front of the Squamish Adventure Inn, if you're looking to hitchhike to Whistler from Squamish.

The Shred Shuttle

Starting the 2017/18 ski season, The Shred Shuttle will offer rides between Squamish and Whistler, departing Squamish in the morning and returning from Whistler in the afternoon (check here for up-to-date schedules). It costs $20 return, or, $12 one way. 

Seats are limited and sell out fast quickly, especially on the weekends. The biggest plus? They pick up from the Squamish Adventure Inn's front door, right to either Whistler Creekside or Whistler Village - and back. 

More Ways To Get From Squamish To Whistler and Back?

If you know of any, please do share in the comments. We'd love to hear about them!