Travelling to Penticton
Penticton is centrally located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia and is the hub of the South Okanagan. Conveniently located along the HWY 97 corridor, Penticton is easily accessed by the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) to the North and the scenic Crowsnest Highway (HWY 3) to the South. Penticton is also serviced by two airports, locally Penticton Regional Airport (YYF) and further North by Kelowna International Airport (YLW).
Penticton has been one of the top road trip destinations of choice in BC, for generations of visitors! Penticton is centrally located along Highway 97, which is one of the longest North-South highways in North America. It runs from California to Alaska right through the center of the Province of BC. The Highway 97 corridor is the main connection for the South Okanagan to the rest of the Okanagan Valley, Kamloops , and Northern BC. Penticton has convenient access to the Trans-Canada Highway, Crowsnest Highway and other major B.C. highways.
Renting a car lets you establish your own schedule for sightseeing and assists you in getting around Penticton and the South Okanagan region. Budget Car Rental and Enterprise offer a range of economy, mid-size and SUV vehicles to accommodate groups of almost any size and ensure that you can be totally independent while on your trip
If you are arriving by air, you will most likely be flying into the Penticton Regional Airport, conveniently located at the south end of Penticton and only a 10 minute drive from Downtown Penticton.
Direct flights from Vancouver:
Starting July 4th, 2021, Pacific Coastal Airlines offers non-stop service from Vancouver YVR South Terminal to the Penticton Regional Airport. The service will operate 6 days a week between Vancouver and Penticton using turboprop Beech 1900D aircraft.
Resuming June 28th, 2021, Air Canada offers non-stop service from Vancouver’s YVR Main Terminal to the Penticton Regional Airport. The service will operate 4 days a week using Air Canada Express Q400 aircraft.
Direct flights from Calgary & Edmonton:
Westjet offers a direct flights to Calgary & Edmonton from the Penticton Regional Airport using their Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft via their WestJet Encore service.
For more flight and airport information, please see the Arrivals & Departures Schedule.
Car rentals are also conveniently available on-site at the Penticton Regional Airport with Budget Car Rental.
Several carriers also fly into the Kelowna International Airport, which is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from Penticton and features air service between other major destinations.
Penticton’s natural landscape and alternative transportation infrastructure, makes the city very accessible to explore by foot, pedal or paddle! Once you arrive into the city and check-in at your accommodation, you can leave your vehicle’s keys behind and enjoy a Fuel Free vacation. Exploring Penticton outside of a vehicle allows you slow down and see more and enjoy the freedom to discover the gems that are typically enjoyed by locals all year long!
Taxi & Shuttle
Sometimes we still need to use a vehicle to get around Penticton. Getting from the airport to your hotel, going on a winery, attending an event or exploring some trails further out of the city is easy with the range of taxi and shuttle services available in Penticton. Taxi and shuttle services can accommodate almost any special request.
Penticton’s Transit System has a modern fleet of low-floor transit buses, which are wheelchair and scooter accessible, serving Penticton’s residential neighbourhoods and commercial areas.
The Okanagan Similkameen Transit System provides regular service between Naramata and Penticton.
Ebus is an Alberta based company that will run two, reservation-only round-trips a day, seven days a week on each of the three routes. The buses between Kamloops and Vancouver would travel over the Coquihalla and Highway 1, with stops in Abbotsford and Merritt. The Vancouver-Kelowna route would also travel over the Coquihalla and Hwy. 1, as well as Hwy. 97C, with stops in Chilliwack and Merritt. The service between Kelowna and Kamloops would be on Hwy. 97C, with a stop in Vernon.