Transportation and Getting Around Town

It is North America. Cars are abundant and it is somewhat surprising that local people use the transit a lot. The Transit here is the bus company. So if someone asked “Did you come by car or Transit?” or “Did you bus it?” – both suggest use of public transportation. Translink is the name of the company with an OK website for finding connections and checking timetables. Word has it that the city of Vancouver considers developing a freeway system with flyovers and bridges alienating and instead they have focused on investing in trains and and transportation for the masses.

Google is also an interesting source of directions since here it has directions via public transport. When you find a place on the map in Vancouver, click directions – the side panel opens and the options are shown – a car (for driving directions), bus, walking person or a bicycle respectively. Directions by bus are fairly accurate. It may be worth double checking with Translink for road closures or temporary changes in the bus routes.


Public Transportation Network

Its most visible elements are metro (the Skytrain), bus and trolleybus. The train is by far the fastest and most reliable. A large part of its route is above ground so it is nice to take it and explore. Buses can be rather annoying since they get stuck in traffic just like everyone else. Additionally, there are express lines which only drop off and pick up at major blocks and skip a large number of other stops resulting in shorter travels sometimes.

Vancouver and the area have three fare zones in terms of tickets.

  • Vancouver – a ticket for zone 1 will get you anywhere in Vancouver
  • North and West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Lions Bay and Bowen Island – 2 zone ticket or one zone plus an upgrade
  • Zone 3 – Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Langley.
This shows the fare zones

In October 2011 prices for this are as follows in Canadian dollars: $2.50 for single trip at the bus door or ten single trip tickets for $21. All tickets allow for unlimited transfers within one 90 minutes and must be validated when crossing into the fare paid zone in the subway/metro. A monthly bus pass for one zone is $81. Upgrade from one to two zones on occasional trips cost 1.25 providing you already have a monthly pass.

Note that after 6:30pm and at weekends, all fares are zone 1.  Zone 1 concession tickets are also available for over 65’s, children 5-13 years old and students aged 14-19 with a valid GoCard.


  • Hristo Chaprazov
    October 23, 2011 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    It would be nice to have information on rental cars–cost, insurance, whether it is easy to get around town, etc.

  • Trent Lamson
    November 17, 2011 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey man! Great site! I really liked being here.