The Ultimate Transportation Guide to Vancouver

What kind of Find Your Fun website would we be if we didn’t tell you how to get to your fun?  Vancouver, BC has a plethora of transportation options to choose from.

On Foot

Vancouver is a remarkably small city when you consider all it has to offer.  Blame/credit densification, which wraps up all the goodies in relatively close proximity to each other.  Getting around town by foot is efficient, scenic, healthy, and quite often the fastest mode of transportation.

By Car

If you’re in town with a car, there are plenty of parking lots in Vancouver, as can be seen with a quick Google search.  Like parking lots, the many parking meters around town vary in price.  Click here for a map that color-codes the various parking fee ranges.

By Taxi

Taxi cabs are easy to hail in downtown Vancouver, and easy to call for pickup.  For an in-city trip, expect to pay from $5 to $10.  To or from the airport will be closer to $40.

Black Top & Checker Cabs
777 Pacific Street
Vancouver, BC
604-683-4567
Toll Free: 1-800-494-1111

MacLures Cabs
Vancouver, BC
604-683-6666

Vancouver Taxi
Vancouver, BC
604-871-1111
Toll Free: 1800-871-8294

Yellow Cab
Vancouver BC
604-681-1111
Toll Free: 1-800-898-8294

Take the Bus

Coast Mountain Bus Company’s TransLink runs Vancouver’s public bus system.  Well-marked bus stops are found throughout the city, and Translink even offers an on-line Trip Planner so you can plan your day.  Service runs throughout the day in both express and local mode, as well as select community shuttle bus lines.

Ride the SkyTrain

Designed to closely link to bus stops, Vancouver’s SkyTrain offers quick, efficient transportation throughout the city and out to the suburbs.  Expect a new train every 2-5 minutes.  SkyTrain’s Expo Line and Millennium Line offer an online Trip Planner for your convenience.

Skytrain MapEnjoy the Canada Line

Canada Line is SkyTrain’s third line, which connects downtown Vancouver and Richmond to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  Trains run every four minutes from Vancouver and every seven minutes from Richmond and YVR.  Richmond is 18 minutes from the airport, while Vancouver is 26 minutes away.  Fares total less than $10 one way, and are slightly lower during evenings, weekends and holidays.

Experience the West Coast Express

West Coast Express offers commuter train and bus services between downtown Vancouver (Waterfront Station) and many of its suburbs.  The morning commute runs from Mission to Vancouver, while the afternoon commute runs eastbound back to Mission.  A full schedule can be found on-line.

Boating with the SeaBus

Offering a 12-minute trip between Vancouver’s Waterfront Station to the North Shore’s Lonsdale Quay, SeaBus is a passenger-only ferry service that doubles as a scenic tour boat.  Use their on-line Trip Planner.

Riding the AquaBus

Running every 20 minutes daily from 9am to 7pm, the AquaBus zips around to various stops on False Creek in the heart of Vancouver.  Serves Granville Island and many Seawall shops, restaurants and theatres.  Check out their schedule and stops at TheAquaBus.com.

Beautiful False Creek Ferries

Even more aquatic taxi choices in False Creek are offered by False Creek Ferries, run out of Granville Island year-round.  These are small passenger ferries that leave as often as every 5-7 minutes from Granville Island.

Bicycles

There are several bike rental locations in Vancouver, BC, and the City promises to add its own fee-based bike share program in the near future. The following bike rental locations are in service right now, and have benefited from Vancouver’s pro-bicycle city planning. Rental fees vary between locations.  Sometimes the fee includes helmets, locks, maps, tire pumps, baskets, and bells, and sometimes these items are extra.  Air and oil should always be free. Besides standard touring bicycles, check out the availability of children’s bikes, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, trailers, scooters, motorcycles, and skates.

Be sure to ask about student discounts.

Bayshore Bicycles
West End
745 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6
(604) 688-2453

Cycle BC Rentals
Mount Pleasant
73 E 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1J3
(604) 709-5663

English Bay Bike Rentals
West End
1754 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W2
(604) 568-8490

EzeeRiders
Coal Harbour, Downtown
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4
(604) 331-1789

Kissing Crows Cyclery
Riley Park
4562 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3R4
(604) 872-5477

Spokes Bicycle Rentals
West End
1798 W Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2V7
(604) 688-5141

Reckless Bikes
Downtown, Yaletown
110 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V4
(604) 648-2600

Simon’s Bike Shop
Downtown, Granville Entertainment District
608 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2B9
(604) 602-1181

Yes Cycle
West End
687 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L3
(604) 569-0088

The HandyDART

Eligible people can use HandyDART, public transportation that picks up and delivers door-to-door.  This allows people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities to get around town with relative ease.  Find eligibility requirements and other information on TransLink’s HandyDART website: HandyDART.

 

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