I wouldn't call it a boat or a ship, but more a very small boat. I always call it a floating bathtub as these ferries are so small! But don't get me wrong, they are a great way to transport yourself from downtown Vancouver to Granville Island and the Maritime Museum. There are several stops where you can get on or off on each side of False Creek. You can either take the Aquabus or the Granville Island ferries, either one is just fine. They do charge a fee, you can chose just to take a ferry to and from your destination or you can take a little sightseeing tour around False Creek if you wish. It's a great way to see a different side of Vancouver.
For the proper schedule and fares, please have a look at the website for each ferry:
Granville Island Ferry
A fun way to get around the False Creek area is by ferry. These are not your typical car ferries. They are tiny little passenger only ferries that remind me of a floating bathtub. There are 2 companies that operate a fleet of these small ferries...Aquabus and False Creek Ferries. They both cover basically the same area, serving the main tourist spots along False Creek: Granville Island, Yaletown, Science World. False Creek Ferries also serves Vanier Park with it's museums. All of these areas are served by Translink Bus as well. But, taking the ferry between them is a much more interesting, albiet, touristy way to do it.
When out and "aboot" & you want to get to the other side a little quicker than the usual way. Consider taking one of the tiny passenger ferries, they even supply one which will take you and your bicycle/s. The prices are low, for an adult it will cost you just $2.50 Can't beat it for convenience.%c
Going to Granville Island by car can turn into quite an adventure: parking space is very limited and since there are practically no sidewalks, pedestrians tend to take over the streets. So if you're looking for a more effective - and fun! - way of reaching Granville Island from downtown Vancouver, why not hop on board the Aquabus? For only $2.50, these tiny boats will take you from their downtown Vancouver stop (at the foot of Hornby St.) across False Creek to Granville Island. For $6, you can even go on a mini-cruise (about 25 minutes) around False Creek! The Aquabus runs every 5 minutes from 6:40 am to 9:30 pm.
False Creek Ferries and aquabus are two separate companies offering the same thing: a quick water taxi across False Creek.
False Creek is an ocean inlet (not a real creek) that's located along the south side of Downtown Vancouver. It separates Downtown from Granville Island and Kitsilano. Usually people have to cross one of three bridges to get from Downtown to Granville Island or Kits, but taking these little water taxis are the fun alternatives. They're also the faster option of getting from point A to point B, and who doesn't like a boat ride?
Depending on your starting point and destination, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2.50 to $5.00 an adult to take these little passenger boats across. You have to buy these tickets using cash only on the boat, but they do give out change.
You can pick up these water taxis at the eastern foot of Davie Street in Yaletown, at the southern foot of Hornby Street downtown, at the southern foot of Thurlow Street next to the Aquatic Centre in the West End, at the north end of Vanier Park in Kitsilano, next to the Arts Club Backstage Lounge and next to Bridges Restaurant - both on Granville Island, the Edgewater Casino, and even the less frequented Stamp's Landing and Spyglass Place under the south end of the Cambie Street Bridge.
Downtown to Granville Island is about a 1-2 minute ride. Yaletown to Granville Island takes about 10 minutes. Granville Island or Downtown to Kitsilano takes less than 10 minutes.
These water taxis are privately owned companies and are not a part of Vancouver's public transit system - this is not "the Seabus" nor are they "BC Ferries" and you can't use your bus pass to ride on these. However, you can purchase a booklet of tickets at a discount rate if you intend to be riding these water taxis frequently. As well, they do offer 25 minute False Creek tours if that's what you're seeking.
They are generally open 7 days a week, but check the websites for exact hours of operation.
False Creek Ferries are the cute little dinghy-like boats which transport tourists from multiple stops in the False Creek area.
Personally I recommend taking the trip from Yaletown to the markets on Granville Island. That costs $4.50. If you just want the ride under the bridge to the other side the cost is $3.
The boats provide a different angle to the city area with opportunity to get a decent photo of the Vancouver skyline.
Ask the drivers any questions you like. Because if they don't know They'll make something up. They're cool people.
We used the Aqua Bus to get from Granville Island to Yaletown, it was a short pleasant ride on False Creek. Fares range from $2.50 to $5.00, we paid $3.50 for our ride. Not every ferry goes to every stop so be sure to inquire when boarding. Other stops include Hornby Street, David Lam Park, Stamp's Landing, Spyglass, Plaza of Nations and Science World. The Aqua Buses are privately run so public transit passes or tickets are not valid.
Times of operation and route map can be found on the attached website. If you are planning on using the Aqua Bus a lot, you can purchase Aqua Bucks and passes.
Getting to Granville Island isn't so tough, but I found that getting anywhere else -from- Granville Island gets to be a pain. The two times I tried hiking out to a bus I was nearly stranded - so why bother with that? It is much more useful to take one of the cheap water taxis and get a quick ride with a great view. The stop at Science World gets you on the Skytrain to downtown, gew-gaws and tasty treats in hand. You might even see something interesting on False Creek while you travel - I saw dragonboat races last time out. The ferry docks are at the outside end of Granville - check the map and give it a shot!
These little ferries will take you around false creek for a nominal charge. They connect Granville Island, the north and south sides, and Science world. Hop on (nope they won't let you steer no matter how much you beg..trust me on this one).
A great/smart way to get around..
a convenient way to get around sites along False Creek. There is a ferry from Hornby St to Granville Island ($2.50) and ferries from Granville Island to various points along False Creek; $5 to the furthest stop at Science World. The company also offers a 'mini cruise' along False Creek for $10.
There are many ways to get across False Creek, the large water inlet in the heart of Vancouver. There are 3 bridges that are easy to walk across. But a much more interesting way is to take a mini-ferry from one side to the other.
Two companies provide this service: AquaBus and False Creek Ferries. Both are good and I would suggest just taking the first one you come upon.
Bath-tub shaped passenger boats that run regular routes between Granville Island, the Aquatic Centre in the West End, Stamps Landing, Yaletown, Maritime Museum and Science World. Fares: $2.00-$5.00 Cruises: $8.00 Daypass:12.00
False Creek Ferries have been operating in the False Creek area since 1982. The ferries offer a unique perspective of the city. They are a great tourist attraction, but also an integral part of public transit in Vancouver. The current fleet consists of`10 "little blue ferries", including four 20-passenger "super-mini-ferries". There are several routes all lead back to Granville Island, they include trips to Science World, the Maritime Museum and the Aquatic Centre.
Sightseeing by Ferry
The greatest way to explore False Creek is aboard a ferry. With an Adventure Pass you can travel on all routes and catch the sightseeing tour.
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 children.
Route 1: Granville Island - Aquatic Centre:
7:00am - 10:30pm
every 5 minutes every day
Route 2: Aquatic Centre - Maritime Museum:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Departs Maritime Museum at 00, 15, 30, & 45 minutes past the hour. Departs Aquatic Centre at 07, 22, 37, & 52 minutes past each hour.
Route 3: Granville Island - Science World:
9:25 am - 6:10 pm
Departs Science World at 00, 15, 30 & 45 minutes past the hour. Departs Granville Island at 10, 25, 40 & 55 minutes past each hour.
Route 4: Granville Island - Yaletown - Stamps Landing:
8:55 am - 8:10 pm
Departs Yaletown for Granville Island at 07, 22, 37, & 52 minutes past the hour. Departs Granville Island at 10, 25, 40, & 55 minutes past each hour.
ROUTE Adult Senior Child
Granville I. - Aquatic Centre $2.00 $1.00 $1.00
Granville I.- Maritime Museum $3.50 $2.00 $1.50
Granville I. - Stamps Landing $3.50 $1.50 $1.50
Granville Island - Yaletown $3.50 $1.50 $1.50
Granville Island - Science World $5.00 $3.00 $3.00
Aquatic C. - Maritime Museum $2.00 $1.00 $1.00
Yaletown - Stamps Landing $2.00 $1.00 $1.00
Stamps Landing - Science W. $3.50 $1.50 $1.50
False Creek Ferries are a convenient and quick way of getting around Vancouver, in particular, so that you don't have to walk to a bridge to cross over to the other side. The False Creek Ferries mainly serve Granville Island. Some of the routes include: Granville Island - Aquatic Centre, Granville Island - Maritime Museum, Granville Island - Yaletown, Granville Island - Science World, etc. The ferries run very frequently, like every 5-15 minutes. The tickets cost $2 one-way for an adult, or $3.50 round-trip for an adult. Check their web site for precise fare information.
If you are staying in the downtown area of Vancouver there is a very relaxing, quick and efficient way to get over to Granville Island.
There is a steady flow of load and go mini-boats that will bring you across the waterway for $2 CDN. You can also buy a round trip if you want to.
It will only take a couple of minutes to get across but it is relaxing and you get some great views of all the boats. It is much better than trying to walk across the bustling bridge.
Inexpensive and fun, the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry provide short rides across the False Creek Inlet, from the downtown side (north) to the Granville Island side (south).
The ferries run continuously from 7am to 10:30pm in the summer (8:30pm winter). Check their websites for specific schedules and information.
The rainbow-coloured Aquabus (www.aquabus.bc.ca) travels around False Creek with stops at the foot of Hornby St., Stamp's Landing, Yaletown (foot of Davie St.), and Science World. The Aquabus dock on Granville Island is located between the Public Market and the Arts Club Theatre.
False Creek Ferry
The False Creek Ferries (www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca) also travel around the Inlet and stop at the Maritime Museum (west of Granville Island), the Aquatic Centre (under the Burrard St. Bridge, on the downtown side (north) of the Inlet), Stamp's Landing, and Science World (the easternmost point of False Creek). The False Creek Ferry dock on Granville Island is located near the entrance to Bridges Restaurant.