Whitehorse has some good amenities to offer in the way of hotels. The airport is only a 5- to 10-minute drive from downtown, plus most of the hotels offer a free shuttle service. In fact, the shuttle is likely to be waiting at the airport anticipating your arrival! There are no free breakfasts for travellers here, but most of the hotels have a restaurant on site, which adds to a traveller's overall convenience.The hotels seem to be competitively priced, with friendly staff, so I chose the hotels that had the highest customer approval rate, based upon online reviews.
Jul 29, 2013
Book from ~$154 CAD
Popular Whitehorse hotel with well-liked restaurant, jacuzzi suites & free airport shuttle
Skky came out the most expensive on the day I compared but not out of sight. It's ranked # 1 out of 6 hotel properties in Whitehorse and has very good ratings at 8.2/10. It offers free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, and parking. It's only a 7-minute drive to the airport and to downtown. There's a restaurant on site that serves breakfast and dinner and a martini bar as well.
7.1 | Good
High Country Inn Whitehorse
4051 4th Avenue
1.3 km from Whitehorse Airport
Book from ~$145 CAD
Clean rooms and on-site restaurant, within a 4-minute walk of the Yukon River
High Country's ratings were 7.7/10 and it's ranked # 2 out of 6 properties. The least expensive of my picks on the day I checked, it also offers free Wi-Fi, parking and airport shuttle. It's located right downtown and only 5 minutes to the airport. It has a lounge and restaurant on site that supplies guests with breakfast, lunch and dinner. From here you can walk to the Yukon River trails in 4 minutes.
7.0 | Good
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
411 Main Street
1.1 km from Whitehorse Airport
Book from ~$122 CAD
Central downtown location, on-site restaurant and spa, attentive service
Also located downtown, the Best Western is ranked # 4 out of 6 properties and has received an average score of 7/10 based upon hotel reviews to date. Its free shuttle will take you to the airport in 7 minutes, it offers free Wi-Fi and parking and has a spa and hair salon on site. Its Gold Pan Saloon (restaurant and lounge) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Book from ~$263 CAD
Self-catering triplex units, 15-min. walk from downtown, free Wi-Fi, full kitchens
7.0 | Good
Westmark Whitehorse Hotel and Conference Center
201 Wood Street
1.5 km from Whitehorse Airport
Book from ~$120 CAD
Basic and pet-friendly downtown Whitehorse hotel with restaurant and free airport shuttle
This hotel is located in central Whitehorse and is about a 10-minute drive from the airport. Shops and restaurants on Main Street are about a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.
Public transit service between this hotel and the airport is available, and a one-way trip takes about 50 to 55 minutes. The hotel's complimentary airport shuttle service may be preferable for guests without a vehicle.
Parking is free at this hotel for the duration of your stay. There are no extended parking options.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the airport. For airport arrivals, the shuttle is scheduled for pick-ups aligned with all commercial flights. The shuttle from the hotel to the airport needs to be booked in advance through the front desk.
Book from ~$94 CAD
Downtown Whitehorse budget hotel with free heated underground parking but mixed reviews
This hotel is located in central Whitehorse and is an approximate 10-minute drive from the airport. There are several shops and restaurants within a 5-minute walk in any direction from the hotel, including those on Main Street.
Public transit service between this hotel and the airport is available, and the trip takes approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Parking is free at the hotel for the duration of your stay. The hotel is open to offering extended parking of an additional day or two, as they have the space to accommodate it, however it is recommended to let the front desk know before leaving your vehicle for the extra days.
Unlike several hotels in the area, this hotel does not offer a shuttle service to the airport. For guests without access to a vehicle, public transportation would be the most economical option, while a taxi would be the fastest.
Book from ~$153 CAD
Downtown location, on-site restaurants, guests found clean rooms & friendly staff
Book from ~$104 CAD
Friendly Whitehorse hotel with nearby dining, free parking and free airport shuttle
This hotel is an approximate 7-minute drive from the airport and is located in central Whitehorse. The area directly around the hotel is mainly big-box stores, like Walmart and Superstore, and there are several other shops within a 5-to 10-minute walk from the hotel.
A one-way trip between the hotel and the airport via public transit takes approximately 45 to 50 minutes. However, as this hotel offers a free airport shuttle service, guests without a vehicle may find this is the best option.
Parking at the hotel is free for the duration of your stay. The hotel is open to offering extended parking of an extra day or two based on availability and it is recommended to contact the front desk about this option.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
This hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport. The shuttle is scheduled to align with all commercial flights, so booking in advance with the hotel is not necessary.
Jul 29, 2013
Whitehorse airport, otherwise known as Erik Nielson Whitehorse International Airport (YXY), is located adjacent to the city of Whitehorse, which is an approximate 10-minute drive from the airport. The hotels closest to the airport are all located in Whitehorse.
There is one restaurant at the airport, Shanthi's Airport Restaurant, open daily from 5:30 am to 4:30 pm.
For those seeking more variety, but who also need to be close to the airport, there is a restaurant and lounge at the Airport Chalet, which is a 10-minute walk or under a 5-minute drive from the airport.
Getting Around: Driving
The airport offers three car rental service providers, which include Norcan, National and Budget. There are several local cab companies available.
Although there are other means of transportation to get to your hotel from the airport, access to a vehicle, or a cab fare budget, would be recommended if you plan on doing any sightseeing throughout Whitehorse and the surrounding towns in Yukon, as most attractions are quite spread out.
Travellers may also want to note that several of the hotels listed below do offer a complimentary airport shuttle service, some of which need to be pre-booked, and some of which do not.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The airport is serviced by bus on the route called Route 3 - McIntyre-Hillcrest.
Buses run Monday to Friday, every hour from 7:22 am to 7:22 pm. There are additional pick-ups on Friday night at 8:22 pm and 9:22 pm.
On Saturday, buses run every hour from 8:22 am to 7:22 pm. There is no service on Sunday.
The one-way cash fare for all ages is $2.50 for this route. Guests planning to make heavy use of the public transit system, or who are travelling in groups of two or more, may want to consider purchasing 10-ticket strips, which cost $23 (for a $2 overall savings). For youth 18 and under, 10-ticket strips are only $15 (for $10 in savings), and for seniors 60 and over, they are $10 (for $15 in savings).
There is a public parking lot, which includes accessible parking, at the airport. The first hour of parking is free and the rate is quite modest, at $1.50 per day after the first hour.
The airport does advise that the lot is not supervised and that passengers leave their vehicles at their own risk. They also note that vehicles parked illegally or in a "no parking" zone will be ticketed.