Up the Winding Road: Travelling to Pemberton
Photo by Dave Steers
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014
The world’s knowledge of Pemberton is growing and we're only a 30-minute drive north of Whistler. As soon as people step foot in our village they learn how magically amazing it is. The biggest issue for people coming to Pemberton is physically getting here. So, how do you get here if you don't have a car? It’s easy and here are some of your options:
Greyhound provides intercity bus transportation in Canada and North America, including to and from Pemberton. In order to get from Whistler to Pemberton you must board in Whistler Village at the Visitor Centre. You can purchase your tickets online, at the ticket window or on the bus. The second most affordable option is: online, in advance and printing it yourself. You can also buy a package of commuter tickets, which is the cheapest option. The price of a ticket varies and weekend travel is the most expensive. They have about four trips a day and the last one leaves Whistler around 9:30pm. The times have been known to change but the seats are cozy and the drivers are usually friendly and helpful. Learn more about the bus service on the Greyhound website.
Whistler Transit partners with BC Transit and the Resort Municipality of Whistler to provide public transit to and from Whistler. There is also a commuter bus that takes passengers to and from Pemberton. There are two departure times in the morning and two departure times in the late afternoon and they leave from the Gondola Transit Exchange. There is a standard fee for adults and for seniors or students (children under 4 ride for free). You can learn more about that schedule on the Whistler Transit website.
Avis Whistler Car Rentals
Avis is currently the only place where you can rent cars while in Whistler. Renting a car is a great way to explore this part of the Sea-to-Sky area and will allow you to go where a bus cannot go. Prices and availability will vary and there are age restrictions for renters. This option is the priciest but gives you the most freedom. Learn more on the Avis Whistler website.
Carpool or Ride Share
If you have friends coming to Pemberton simply ask to jump in with them. You can share on your social media accounts that you are looking for a ride and a connection may have a ride for you. There are a few Ride Share websites. However, finding a ride to Pemberton is rare but not impossible. You must be open to making new friends and riding in a car with someone you don't know.
All of these ways can take you back to Whistler. It’s best to plan ahead and know the schedules for transportation or when you’re ride is leaving (unless you have rented a car). In the event that you need to spend the night in Pemberton, we have plenty of hotel rooms that would love to have you. So, take a chance and journey to Pemberton. Trust us, it’s worth it!...