Getting around Vancouver is easy and convenient. The city has a well-organized easily accessible public transit system, many car and bike sharing options, as well as taxis. Vancouver currently does not have ride-share such as Uber or Lyft.
Getting Around Vancouver
Translink is the main public transportation company in Vancouver. Visit their website for more details and helpful tools, like their Trip Planner – this will tell you exactly which transit systems are needed to arrive at your destination, when to depart, and how long it will take. If you are looking for transit maps, you can find them here.
- The 50 Waterfront Station/False Creek South bus is the only bus that stops at Granville Island. This bus is accessible from downtown or from the Olympic Village Canada Line stop.
- There are many bus stops around the city – some will have schedules posted right at the stops but not all. In this case you can find out when the next bus is due at a stop by texting the 5 digit bus stop number (located at the top of each bus stop sign, in bright yellow) to 333-33, followed by the number of the bus you are taking.
- The Expo Line operates between Waterfront Station and King George Station, and between Waterfront Station and Production Way-University Station
- The Millennnium Line operates between VCC-Clark Station and Lafarge-Douglas Station
- You can transfer to the both Skytrain routes, the Canada Line, or the Sea Bus, at Waterfront Station.
- You can transfer to the Millennium Line at Commercial–Broadway Station, Lougheed Town Centre Station and Production Way–University Station.
- You can transfer to the Expo Line at Commercial–Broadway Station, Production Way–University Station or Lougheed Town Centre Station. You can transfer to the Canada Line, SeaBus and West Coast Express at Waterfront Station.
- From YVR Airport, it takes about 30 minutes by car, and 45 minutes by transit to reach Granville Island (Canada Line to Olympic Village Station, then take the 50 Waterfront Station bus, located right outside the Canada Line).
- The Canada Line operates between Waterfront and YVR–Airport stations, and between Waterfront and Richmond–Brighouse stations.
- The Seabus travels between Waterfront in Downtown Vancouver to the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
To travel on public transit you can either pay in cash or purchase a Compass Card. Compass Cards are pre-paid cards that allow you to travel at a slightly cheaper rate. They are more convenient as you simply “tap” in when you board public transit. You can purchase Compass Cards at any Canada Line or Skytrain Station. There are many options for fare prices, which you can look at here. A standard adult, one-way fare is $2.95. Keep in mind that if you are travelling outside of Vancouver (for example to Burnaby or taking the Sea Bus to North Vancouver), you will need pay an additional fare if it on a weekday, before 6:30 p.m.
A new feature to Vancouver’s transit system is Tap to Pay, which means you can tap your Visa or MasterCard credit cards, or mobile wallet on Translink’s card readers. This is super convenient, however be sure to tap only the card and not your entire wallet to avoid double charges, as the readers can pick up more than one card.
Ferries to and from Granville Island
The Aquabus is a fun way to travel to and from downtown Vancouver to Granville Island. The Aqua bus has 8 stops between Hornby Street and The Village, near Science World. There is also a dock on Granville Island. There are many payment options available on the Aquabus; however they do not accept Discovery credit cards.
False Creek Ferries
The False Creek Ferries are another fun way to travel through Vancouver, and like the Aquabus, also have a dock on Granville Island. Their docks start at Sunset Beach and end near Science World. They accept both Canadian and American cash on their ferries, and have debit and credit machines available at the Granville Island dock.
Car Share Programs
There are many car share programs in Vancouver, which allow you to rent a car for a short period of time so you can get where you want to go. There are three car share options available in Vancouver:
Bike Share Programs
At the entrance to Granville Island, you will find a row of Mobi bikes. All you have to do is sign up for their program online and you can explore Vancouver via a bicycle. There are many dedicated bike routes throughout the city.
While taxis are one of the more expensive travel options in Vancouver, they are convenient when you need to get somewhere in a timely manner, or want to avoid getting lost. The main tai companies are: