Our Richmond Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Canada. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

    It’s all compiled in this Richmond Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Richmond, British Columbia.


    Best time to travel to Richmond (weather-wise)

    Richmond, Canada, has a humid continental climate, with average temperatures ranging from 3ºC in winter to 20ºC in summer.

    • The rainiest time of the year is between October and May, with an average of 15-20 rainy days per month.
    • Snowfall can be expected between December and February.
    • June-August is peak tourist season, with hotel and flight prices rising accordingly.
    • April-May and September-October are great times to visit. You’ll avoid the peak season crowds, and flight and hotel prices are more affordable. The weather is pleasant, but pack a jumper and a raincoat, just in case.

    Richmond basics

    • Languages: Primary: English; Secondary: Chinese
    • Plug types: A and B
    • Electricity: 120 V
    • Currency: Canadian Dollar (C$)
    • International dialling codes: +1 604
    • Emergency telephone number: 911

    Getting into the city

    Vancouver International Airport

    One of the largest airports in Canada, Vancouver International Airport is the primary airport serving Richmond. It’s located on Sea Island in Richmond, roughly 4 km northwest of the city centre. Vancouver Airport features 3 passenger terminals in which you’ll find a good choice of dining and shopping options as well as facilities including banking and currency exchange services. There are several transfer options to reach Downtown Richmond:

    • A taxicab takes around 15-20 minutes and costs roughly C$20-25. Taxi ranks can be found on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area.
    • Many Richmond hotels provide free shuttle buses. The pick-up areas are outside of Arrivals Level 2 International Terminal and outside the Arrivals Level 1 Domestic Terminal.
    • The Canada Line rapid transit rail can take you to Downtown Richmond in around 15 minutes. It costs roughly C$8. Follow the signs marked Canada Line to reach the station. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Richmond.
    • Car rental agencies can be found on the ground floor of the multi-storey parking a short walk from the terminals.

    If you come by train to Richmond

    Pacific Central Station is the main railway station in Vancouver. Served by Via Rail, Amtrak and Rocky Mountaineer lines, it is home to a few dining and shopping option. From here, you can get to Richmond by SkyTrain, bus, taxi or rental car. Whichever the mode of transport you choose, you’ll be in Richmond in less than 30 minutes.

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    Getting around Richmond

    Travel tips

    Richmond City Centre is rather compact and covers a 3-sq km area that can easily be explored on foot. Bordered by the Fraser River, you’ll find, within walking distance, attractions and shopping options including Minoru Park, Richmond Olympic Oval and CF Richmond Centre, just to name a few. The city centre also hosts a great choice of dining, and nightlife entertainment options. For longer journeys, you have a good choice of public and private transport services to choose from. 

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    • TransLink is in charge of public transport in Richmond and neighbouring Vancouver. It operates SkyTrain, bus and SeaBus networks, which cover the entire city.
    • The price of a single ride ranges between C$2.95 and C$5.70 depending on the zones you travel within. A single ticket is valid for up to 90 minutes.
    • A Day-Pass costs C$10.25.
    • Tickets and passes can be purchased in SkyTrain, SeaBus, and Canada Line stations. You’ll also find TransLink tickets and passes at over 30 authorised retailers including 7-Eleven, Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs outlets throughout Richmond. 

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    Ferry to Vancouver Island

    • Get to Tsawwassen BC Ferry Terminal, roughly 20 km south of Downtown Richmond, and go explore Vancouver Island and Salt Spring, Mayne, Galiano, Penders and Saturna Islands, which are known as the Southern Gulf Islands. 
    • Rates are very affordable. For instance, a trip to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island costs around C$20. 
    • You can even travel with a car as car-ferries are available. 

    Taking a Taxi

    • Taxis can be hailed down on the street in Richmond.
    • You can easily find cab stands outside hotels and near the main attractions and shopping areas.
    • You can also directly call popular companies such as Richmond Taxi Ltd. (604-272-1111), Garden City Cabs (604-233-1111) or Kimber Cabs (604-238-8888), just to name a few.
    • The regulated average taxi drop charge is C$3.30, then it’s C$1.93 per kilometre.
    • Most taxis accept the payment of the fare by credit card, but it’s better to ask the driver before you get in.
    • It’s common to give a 10-20% tip to the taxi driver.

    Annual events to look out for

    Chinese New Year

    • What: Richmond is home to a large Chinese community which celebrates Chinese New Year in style. Expect cultural performances, lions and dragons parades, family activities and loads of delicious Chinese food.
    • When: January or February
    • Where: All around Richmond

    Steveston Salmon Festival & Richmond Canada Day

    • What: The celebration of Canada is the occasion of a great party held at Steveston Village, 6 km southwest of Downtown Richmond. Featuring live music, exhibitions, children activities, giant salmon barbecue and fireworks, it’s a great festive event in Richmond.
    • When: July 1st
    • Where: Steveston Village

    Richmond World Festival

    • What: Richmond World Festival is a celebration of the city’s cultural diversity through music, food, fun and sporting activities. 
    • When: September (Labour Day Weekend)
    • Where: Minoru Park

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    Start planning your trip

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    Attractions and experiences recommended in our guides may be affected. Please check local guidance before you travel.

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