Getting around Vancouver

Vancouver 's transit and public transportation road, rail and water-way system is world-class and constantly being improved. There are many other ways of getting around Vancouver inexpensively and easily.

Getting to and from Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located on an island west of the city of Richmond , to the south of Vancouver .

Downtown Vancouver is about 30 minutes drive away, longer during peak traffic periods.

The airport is accessible by car (pick-up and drop-off or short-stay parking and long-stay parking options). Taxi services are available, limousines, city bus services and the YVR airporter bus.

Taxi from Vancouver Airport

Taxis from YVR to downtown Vancouver cost about $25 including taxes.

YVR Airporter

The YVR Airporter express bus service links the airport and hotels in downtown Vancouver . Reservations are not required.

Fare prices (available from hotels or the bus driver):

One Way / Round Trip
Adult $12.00 / $18.00
Child 5 to 12 years $5.00 / $10.00
Senior $9.00 / $17.00
Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children 16 years and under $24.00 / $36.00

Telephone 1-800-668-3141

Limousines from Vancouver airport

Taking a limousines from the airport to Vancouver costs about $35 and can be collected at the front of the airport by the taxi ranks.

Public Transport - bus from Vancouver airport to downtown

Bus services to downtown Vancouver and the rest of the Greater Vancouver area are provided by TransLink. Buses leave the airport every few minutes and link to a mini transfer depot known as Airport Station. From here the 98 B-Line Rapit Transit bus service links Richmond Centre and downtown Vancouver .

Fares can be purchased on the bus. See the TransLink section for fares and passes.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 ( 6.30am - 11.30pm daily)


Translink - Vancouver's Public Transit

Vancouver 's public transport and transit system is operated by TransLink. TransLink covers the bus, SkyTrain and Seabus service in Vancouver and surrounding cities known as the Lower Mainland. This 18,000 sq km area has buses running as often as every 4 minutes for 20 hours a day.

Fares, tickets and passes

Tickets are based on the zone you travel in. The TransLink are is divided into 3 zones. To travel within one zone, regardless of which zone it is, you only require a 1 zone ticket. Travel from one zone to the next requires a two zone pass and similar for a third zone.

Travel after 6.30pm , at the weekend and on statutory holidays between zones can be done on a single zone fare.

When you buy a ticket it acts as a transfer and lasts for 90 minutes. The ticket can be used on any TransLink and SkyTrain service an unlimited number of times within this 90 minute window.

Adult fares for zones are:
1 zone - $2.25
2 zones - $3.25
3 zones - $4.25

Child (child fares are for under 14) and concession fares:
1 zone - $1.50
2 zones - $2.00
3 zones - $3.00

FareSaver Tickets come in a book of 10.
1 zone - $18.00
2 zones - $27.00
3 zones - $36.00

Day passes are available and can be used in any zone and are charged at $8.00 or $6.00 for children and concession. Pay passes are a great way of exploring the neighbouring cities.

Month passes are available and are known as Monthly FareCards. On Sundays and Holidays FareCards allow the holder to travel and take five others for free. A total of six can use the FareCard at once: Two adults (14 and older) and up to four children (13 and under) ride on a single Adult FareCard.

1 zone - $69
2 zones - $95
3 zones - $130
Child and concession for all zones is $40

Tickets can be purchased on the bus (exact change required) or at the Seabus terminals and SkyTrain stations. Tickets cannot be bought on the Seabus or SkyTrain.

FareCards and FareSaver tickets are available at any FareDealer including 7-Eleven, Safeway, and many London Drugs.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

Coast Mountain Bus

Greater Vancouver 's bus service is operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company, a TransLink service.

Fares can be purchased on the bus. See the TransLink section for fares and passes.

Buses account for the largest portion of travellers carried by public transport in the area and run from for up to 20 hours a day and some as frequent as every 4 minutes. Bus services comprise of traditional buses, the B-Line Rapid Transit, emission free electric trolley bus, community shuttle and express coach.

Bus stops are spread out all over the area and 85% of the Greater Vancouver population lives within 400 metres of a bus stop.

Electric Trolley Bus

Electric trolley buses have been running in Vancouver since 1947 and rely on overhead wires for power.

B-Line Rapid Transit (B-Line Buses)

B-Line Rapid Transit buses operate express, high-volume routes between Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Lougheed Town Centre (97 B-Line), Richmond, Airport and Vancouver (98 B-Line) and the UBC to Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain stations (99 B-Line). Buses run every 2 to 15 minutes.

NightBus

NightBus service runs 7 nights a week from Granville and Dunsmuir, downtown along 12 different routes. Buses are every 30 minutes from 2 - 3am .

Community Shuttle

Community Shuttles are a quick and convenient way of travelling around areas of Greater Vancouver. New shuttle routes are being added all the time and all buses are suitable for wheelchair users.

Express Coach

The Express Coach services link suburban communities to downtown Vancouver . Multiple pickup and drop off locations are available in the suburban communities and then a quick route allows passenger an express way to travel to downtown.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 ( 6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

SkyTrain Rapid Transit

Five cities in Greater Vancouver are connected by the much loved SkyTrain. The electric light rapid transit system requires no driver and travels above ground except for in downtown Vancouver.

Trains run every 2 to 8 minutes and currently run along an expanding 49km route with 32 stations. The lines are split into 2 lines:

- Expo Line

- Millennium Line

Both lines start at downtown Vancouver . The Expo Line runs to Broadway station at Broadway and Commercial, through south Burnaby , New Westminster and on to Surrey . The Millennium line takes a similar route but takes a turn north instead of heading to Surrey and heads around New Westminster near to Coquitlam and back through north Burnaby to Commercial station (connected to Broadway station).

Fares can be purchased on the bus. See the TransLink section for fares and passes.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

Seabus

The Seabus links North Vancouver to downtown to Vancouver in just 12 minutes. The two double ended catamaran ferries seat up to 400 passengers and cross the Burrard Inlet from Waterfront Station, by Canada Place to Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore.

The Seabus requires a 2 zone pass because it crosses the 1 zone and 2 zone boundary.

Fares can be purchased on the bus. See the TransLink section for fares and passes.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

Taxi and cabs

Vancouver has four taxi companies. Other taxi companies operate from the airport and surrounding cities. The following taxi companies are all based in the city of Vancouver and provide services to the airport and the Lower Mainland.

Yellow Cabs
604-681-1111

Black Top Cabs
604-731-1111

Vancouver Taxi
604-255-5111

MacLure's Cabs
604-731-9211

Vancouver International Airport taxis (YVR) include the following companies. Taxis at the airport are available from in front of the arrivals are of the airport.

Black Top Cabs
Yellow Cabs
Vancouver Taxi
MacLures Cabs

Bonny's Taxi
Coquitlam Taxi
Delta Sunshine Taxi
Guildford Cab
Kimber Cabs
Newton-Whalley Taxi
North Shore Taxi
Richmond Cabs
Royal City Taxi
Sunshine Cabs
Surdell-Kennedy Taxi
White Rock / South Surrey Taxi

Limo services are also available in Vancouver and are an alternative to taxis.

Vancouver Limousine

Limos in Vancouver offer luxury at an inexpensive price. A great alternative to taxis, especially for small groups of four or more.

Sightseeing tours are offered by most limo firms and whether your visit is for business or pleasure limos offer a convenient and comfortable way of getting around Vancouver.

Call some of the following firms to ask about rates and compare them to taxis to get an idea of services. Remember, taxis are on a metre so getting stuck in traffic won't put the price up.

Aladdin Limousine Service
604-922-2929
1-877-922-2929

Canadian Limousines
1-888-299-4137

Imperial Limousine
604-687-5466

Limojet Gold Limousine Service
604-273-1331
1-800-278-8742

Star Limousine Service
1-800-803-9222

VIP Limousine Service
1-888-299-4137

Car Rental in Vancouver

Driving in Vancouver is a great way to see the city, suburbs and surrounding area. All the major car rental firms can be found in Vancouver with locations downtown, at the airport and other locations around Greater Vancouver.

A good map is recommended and extra time given for peak periods. Remember Canadian's drive on the right hand side of the road. The speed limit is 100kph on the highways and in the city it is 50kph or less. Signs change on different stretches of road so make sure you keep an eye on this.

School buses, when stopped must, not be passed. Cars must stop at pedestrian crosswalks when someone is waiting.

A valid driver's licence from another country can be used for 3 months and an international licence will last for up to a year. Check with the rental firm in advance if you are unsure if your licence will be accepted.

Be aware of wildlife, even in Vancouver . At night coyotes, racoons, and skunks may make for an unpleasant surprise. Further outside the city there are deer and bears which can stray onto roads.

Do not leave your vehicle unattended at the side of the road unless it is safely out of the way of other traffic and sealed up properly. Open windows can attract bears from the smell of food, no matter how little. Bears have been known to wait for the owner to return to open the door. When in the countryside the same level of caution should be given when relieving yourself in the bushes at the side of the road!

Vancouver has a problem with car thefts and break-ins to vehicles, so never leave anything of value in a car irrespective of neighbourhood, time of day or time you intend to leave the vehicle unattended.

Rental cars can be obtained for good prices from about $10 Canadian and upwards per day. Some have kilometre inclusive packages that can be useful to find out about. There are many rental agencies providing new and used vehicles.

Vancouver car rental companies

Alamo Rent A Car
Avis
Budget Rent A Car
Dollar Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Europcar
Thrifty Car Rental

There are also many other rental organizations dealing in specialized vehicles and second hand cars which are more suitable for journey's off highway.

Trail Canada recommends Enterprise for car rental with weekend rates from $9.99.

Bicycle rental in Vancouver

Vancouver is easy to get around on a bike. The city is fairly flat and has many bicycle lanes and special routes for cyclists such as the Seawall around Stanley Park.

Many companies rent bikes in Vancouver. A good selection can be found on Denman Street around West Georgia and Robson streets. Hotels can arrange bike rental or advise of the closest location.

Vancouver Ferry Services

Downtown Vancouver is located on a peninsula surrounded by False Creek to the south, the Burrard Inlet to the north and English Bay to the west. With so much water transportation systems have harnessed this element and ferry services can be found all over the city.

Seabus

The Seabus is operated by TransLink and connects Waterfront Station at Cordova and Granville with Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver .

The Seabus route takes 12 minutes and requires a 2 zone ticket or pass.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

Granville Island Ferries and Aquabus

Mini ferry services in False Creek are provided by False Creek Ferries and Aquabus.

Both services run through the day, 7 days a week and fares are dependent on destination.

Granville Island Ferries connects Granville Island with Vanier Park , Aquatic Centre, Fish Dock, Stamps Landing and Science World.

Aquabus provides slightly different routes from Granville Island to the bottom of Hornby Street, David Lam Park in Yaletown, Yaletown at near the east end of Davie Street, Spyglass, Stamps Landing and Science World.

Albion Ferry

TransLink provides a two-vehicle ferry service across the Fraser River between Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to Langley and Surrey .

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 ( 6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

West Coast Express

The commuter train service links Mission, Port Haney, Maple Meadows, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam Central and Port Moody to Waterfront Station at downtown Vancouver.

West Coast Express trains run towards downtown starting as early as 5.27am from Mission with the last departure at 7.27am . Trains leave every 30 minutes and take approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes to reach downtown.

Return trains leave Waterfront Station at 3.50pm and depart every 30 minutes until 6.20pm.

The West Coast Express also provides a TrainBus service which runs once in the morning towards downtown and once in the evening back towards Mission for a later service than the train.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

Disabled access and transport for the disabled

Accessible services are provided by most taxi companies and TransLink. The Seabus, West Coast Express, B-Line, Community Shuttle and many other buses are fully accessible.

TransLink
1600-4720 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604-453-4500

Transit times and customer service: 604-953-3333 (6.30am - 11.30pm daily)

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