Bus (Translink), Vancouver
A very convenient service, although somewhat pricey, and the buses are rather old. They are very frequent, however. If you stay within the same 'zone', you pay $2.25, if you cross into another zone, you pay $3.25. Once you purchase a ticket it is good for unlimited transfers up to 90 min after purchase, including subway and Seabus. The most convenient routs are #4 and #17 to UBC museum and #236 to Grouse Mountain from Seabus terminal in North Vancouver.
Vancouver has a fairly extensive public transit system consisting of several integrated parts that include:
- An elevated automated train (SkyTrain)
- Standard diesel and electric buses
- Dbl length accordion-style buses (B-Line)
- A series of small ferries (SeaBus)
It's not as well established as most Eastern North American transit systems but is steadily being improved every decade.
Bus service in Greater Vancouver is provided seven days a week, 18-20 hours per day, on most routes. Major bus routes operate every 10 minutes or better in peak periods, some as often as every 4 to 6 minutes. Most buses are lift equipped for wheelchairs and baby strollers and have external bike racks.
B-Line Routes offer fast, frequent and limited-stop service on major/busy routes. The buses on these routes run every 3 to 15 minutes. The B-Line buses are accordion-style buses and they provide easy access to wheelchairs and baby strollers. All B-Line buses also have bike racks.
There are three B-Line routes:
97 B-Line (Coquitlam/Lougheed Town Centre)
98 B-Line (Richmond-Airport-Vancouver)
99 B-Line (UBC-Broadway/Commercial)
NightBus is a limited service. It runs every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday until 3am. The current night services connections are:
Scott Road Station
Community Shuttles are minibuses that service less hectic routes. They are lift equipped.
The transit system is pretty good, but be aware it stops running around 1 am. Costs you $2 for most trips within Vancouver and passes are good for about 2 hours. You can also buy a book of 10, which gives a slight discount (1 free, I think).
One-zone one month passes (within Vancouver) unlimited use passes cost somewhere around $60 and are worthwhile if you take the bus daily.
Since transit encompasses bus, skytrain and seabus (from downtown Van to North Van Quay), you can have a cheap multi-experience day. For example, Take skytrain from Downtown to Metrotown mall for some shopping, then back downtown, get off at Terminal and get on the seabus, go to the N. Van Quay for afternoon sightseeing and shopping.
Catching a bus in Vancouver is easy and will get you to most places in a fast and efficient way. Fares must be paid in exact change as the bus conductors will not provide you with change. You can buy tickets or passes at stores or machines located throughout the city.
Be aware that passes will grant you certain concessions if you are within certain zones of the city. To get an idea of the zones, head to any of the ticket machines located at major bus terminals.
The best way to see Vancouver and not worry about zones, is to get a one day ticket past which allows you one day's worth of unlimited travel after 9.30am on weekdays and all day long on the weekends.
Getting around Vancouver is pretty easy. The public bus system spans most of the major road systems, although getting to remote locations is a bit tricky. Busses are generally named after the roads they go down, i.e., the #49 bus goes down 49th avenue, #4 goes down 4th avenue, etc. If you head downtown, you can catch busses to West Vancouver, or even the ferry terminal.
OK, I may be the biggest bus travelling idiot there is but here is my story.... I got on the correct bus to go downtown...its all going good, no problems at all. It is cheap. easy and most of all very safe. I was told that once I get downtown that I should get off and remember where I got off. I thought, well that is odd, it is a transfer station, it should not be too hard to find again.... Well no one told me that there was no transfer station!! I am sitting on the bus thinking to myself, man is downtown ever big, when will we ever get to that station.... As we are leaving downtown, I sense trouble....why are we leaving the downtown core??? As the skyscrapers become smaller in the ever growning distance I finally clue in... So my tip of the day is that when you see the big buildings, get OFF the bus. hey cut me some slack, I come from a village of about a 1000 people....these things are not known to a girl like me:)
The public transportation system in Vancouver is terrible. If your activity area is not around downtown, and if you are travelling in the weekends, the buses may come only once an hour. You can get a day pass (at the information centre of major malls or many convenience stores). The pass is good for any day, so you simply scatch off the day that you use it on. The pass can also be used on the SkyTrain and the sea bus.
Bus service around the North Shore and lower Mainland is excellent. $2.50 and u should keep yor ticket on you if u travelling across zones cos same ticket no matter how many trsansfers u use and it last for about 2 hours from time of 1st purchase.
Oh, buses hav right of way here, as soon as they indicate, they can move into a lane and cars gotta allow them