Getting Around Vancouver

Tourists visiting Vancouver, BC can rely on the extensive public transportation system operated by TransLink. The SkyTrain is one of the most impressive rapid transit services in the world, as fully automated high speed trains provide rides throughout the most populated region in British Columbia. The SkyTrain network is made up of three lines that run through Vancouver and connect to several suburban communities.

The SkyTrain Millennium Line is a loop route that begins in the downtown Vancouver Waterfront Station, stops at Burnaby and New Westminster, and ends in the VCC-Clark Station in Vancouver. The Expo Line starts at Waterfront Station, stops in the southern parts of Burnaby and New Westminster, and ends in Surrey. The Millennium Line and Expo Line both run in a general eastern direction away from Downtown Vancouver.

The Canada Line runs in a north-south direction, connecting the Waterfront Station with the city of Richmond. The Canada Line has two branched southern terminals; Vancouver International Airport and Richmond-Brighthouse Station.

In addition to being a major SkyTrain hub, the Waterfront Station is also an important terminal for the TransLink SeaBus service. The SeaBus is a passenger ferry that links Downtown Vancouver with the northern communities located across the Vancouver Harbour. The Lonsdale Quay is the other SeaBus terminal, which is located in the city of North Vancouver.

TransLink also operates a commuter rail line that is called the West Coast Express. Running between the Waterfront Station and Mission Station, the West Coast Express connects Downtown Vancouver with suburban eastern communities such as Mission, Port Moody, and Maple Ridge. The train ride between Waterfront Station and Mission City Station takes just over 70 minutes. Riders can also navigate Vancouver by enjoying more than 100 bus routes provided by TransLink.

The majority of tourists enter British Columbia's largest city by taking a flight to the Vancouver International Airport. YVR Airport is linked to the rest of the world via more than 30 airline carriers that provide flights to more than 100 destinations. Vancouver International Airport is located less than 10 miles south of central Vancouver, so the journey to Downtown Vancouver should be quick. Ground transportation options include five car rental companies and plenty of taxis, shuttles, and limousines. Many of the hotels in Richmond offer free courtesy shuttle buses at Vancouver International Airport. The best way to get from YVR Airport to Downtown Vancouver is to use the airport's station that is located along the SkyTrain Canada Line.