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Navigate Vancouver Like a Local: Public Transportation

Visiting Vancouver? Our beautiful city has so much to offer, and the best way to experience it all is by navigating our efficient public transportation system. Whether you're hopping on the SkyTrain, catching a bus to explore different neighbourhoods or taking in the scenic views on the SeaBus, this guide will help you travel like a local.  

Learn the ins and outs of the city's transportation network, including tips on fares, routes and must-know travel hacks to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience during your Vancouver vacation. 

Understanding Vancouver's Public Transportation 

Vancouver's public transit system, managed by TransLink, is extensive and user-friendly. 

Here's a breakdown of the main modes of transportation you'll be using: 

Fast and Frequent Vancouver Transit Network
SkyTrain: Fast and Efficient Rail Rapid Transit 

Vancouver's SkyTrain system features three automated lines: 

  • Expo Line: Travels from downtown Vancouver to Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. 
  • Millennium Line: Connects Vancouver with Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam. 
  • Canada Line: Runs between downtown Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). 

The SkyTrain is a quick and reliable way to get around the city and surrounding areas. Trains run frequently, making it easy to hop on and off as you explore. 

Directions to the closest Canada Line station from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Directions to the closest Expo Line station from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Directions to the closest Millennium Line station from the YWCA Hotel >>> 


Buses: Comprehensive Coverage Across the City 

TransLink's bus network covers all corners of Vancouver. Key services include: 

  • RapidBus and 99 B-Line: These routes offer faster service with limited stops, making them ideal for quick travel across the city. 
  • Regular Bus Services: Cover specific areas and operate throughout the day. 

For real-time schedules and route information, use the TransLink website or download the Transit app.


SeaBus: Scenic Crossings to North Vancouver

The SeaBus offers a unique travel experience across Burrard Inlet, connecting Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. This scenic, passenger-only ferry ride is not only efficient but also offers stunning views of the city and the mountains. 

Directions to Waterfront Station from the YWCA Hotel >>> 

Vancouver SeaBus to North Vancouver
West Coast Express: Commuter Train 

The West Coast Express is a commuter train that runs between downtown Vancouver (Waterfront Station) and Mission, with several stops along the way. It operates primarily during weekday peak hours, with trains heading into Vancouver in the morning and out in the afternoon. 

West Coast Express
Public Bike Share: Eco-Friendly Travel 

Mobi by Rogers offers a public bike share system with stations throughout the city. Biking is a great way to explore Vancouver's scenic neighbourhoods and parks. It's affordable and eco-friendly, making it a popular choice for both locals and visitors. 

Mobi by Rogers in Vancouver Bike Share
Photo from Mobi by Rogers Facebook page


Pricing and Fare Zones

Fare Zones: Vancouver's public transportation is divided into three fare zones across Metro Vancouver. Your fare is determined by the number of fare zones you travel through during your journey.

Evening and Weekend Fares: Starting after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays), all trips are charged at a 1-Zone fare rate, regardless of the zones traveled.

Child Fares: Children aged 12 and under ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying passenger with proof of payment. Each paying passenger can accompany up to four children free of charge.

Day Passes: Affordable day passes are available for unlimited travel across all zones for the entire day at a fixed price. This is a convenient option for visitors planning to explore multiple areas of Metro Vancouver in a single day.

Visit the Translink website for detailed fare rates.


Tips for Using Vancouver's Public Transportation 

Get a Compass Card: This reloadable fare card makes paying for transit easy and offers discounted rates compared to cash fares. You can purchase and load a Compass Card at vending machines in SkyTrain stations or online. 

Plan Your Route: Use the TransLink Trip Planner tool to map out your journey. It provides detailed route options, schedules and travel times. 

Avoid Peak Hours: Transit can get busy during morning and evening rush hours. If possible, travel during off-peak times to enjoy a more relaxed experience. 

Stay Informed: Check the TransLink website or Twitter (X) for real-time updates on schedules and service changes. 

Be Prepared for Weather: Vancouver weather can be unpredictable. Bring an umbrella or raincoat, especially if you're planning to walk or bike. 


Other Modes of Transportation

Aquabus Ferries

Aquabus ferries operate daily, providing regular service to all key destinations in False Creek. Whether you’re visiting Vancouver, commuting, or simply enjoying a day out, our comfortable ferries and welcoming staff make your journey pleasant. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views while traveling on routes that accommodate wheelchairs, bicycles, pets, and strollers, offering convenience for everyone.

For more information, visit the aquabus website.


Cycling in Vancouver is an eco-friendly and efficient way to get around the city. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike routes designed to be safe, convenient, and enjoyable for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Our hotel provides secure, complimentary bike storage for guests, making it easy for you to explore the city on two wheels.

To view cycling routes, visit the city of Vancouver's website.

Ride Share

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are readily available in Vancouver. Additionally, Modo and Evo car share services are accessible if you have already registered with them.


Taxis offer a convenient and classic mode of travel around Vancouver. They are widely available and can be easily hailed on the street or booked via phone or app.


Navigating Vancouver's public transportation system is a breeze with this guide. Whether you're taking the SkyTrain, catching a bus, enjoying a scenic SeaBus ride or hopping on a bike, you'll find it easy to explore everything our vibrant city has to offer. Plan your routes, get your Compass Card and start your Vancouver adventure today! 

For more detailed information on fares, schedules and maps, visit the TransLink website