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By bus, by train or by sea
Translink, the transit system for greater Vancouver, is rated as one of the best in Canada. This is impressive given the lack of major highways in and around Vancouver, which makes getting around the city by car annoying. The Buses can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go in Vancouver and the Skytrain and Seabus will even get you to Nearby cities such as Burnaby (train) and North Vancouver (seabus). The fee is $2 (all modes of transportation) and, if you require more than one bus or need to use more than one of the modalities your transfer will get you on at no charge within the next 90 minutes of your original boarding. Taking advantage of the transit system will save you time, money and patience in Vancouver choose it over renting a car.
Seabus and Skytrain
I used the skytrain to get into Vancouver from the suburbs and it was fast and efficient. You buy a ticket from a machine but there doesn't or didnt' seem to be regular checking on the train though if you are caught without a ticket you will get fined.
I used the Seabus to go across to North Vancouver. Right on the waterfront is Lonsdale Quay, a big shopping center and market. The shops had lots of items that reflected the local arts and crafts as well as other good quality items. One store was all Irish imported goods.
I used the busses as well. You can buy day passes and ride the bus all day.
We used public transport everywhere we went in Vancovuer and found it to be realiable, cheap easy to use and cheap.
We used it to visit Lynn Canyon, Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain.
Fares are $3.25 weekdays and $2.25 weekend and public holidays.
Vancouver has a decent public transportaion network. for one 1 zone ticket it is 2$. The main line is the skytrain, which runs on an elevated track from downtown vancouver to surrey, To get to places farthwr away from the sky train route you will need to transfer to a city bus. It is a safe and clean public transportion system. If u need help finding somewhere u can ussally find someone willing to help.
Travelling around Vancouver is pretty easy with the bus and the buses are clearly marked. Ideally pick up a time table so you know which number bus to catch. The city buses all run on electric cable like a trolley bus. If you want to head further out the buses run much faster although not as frequently. Saying that it has not been unusual to wait on say Oak street for about 40 minutes and then three buses all come along at once!
When getting on the bus you buy a transfer which depending on the colour and price is good for different zones. There is usually a 2 hour time limit on a ticket.
Please note that the drivers don't give change, so always have the right money.
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The Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, also known as "TransLink".
It provides services of Public transit - buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express and HandyDART inside and around Greater Vancouver Area.
The best way to arrive in...
The best way to arrive in vancouver is by plane for sure. From the airport you can take either taxi or you can take airport bus which will take to downtown for a good hotel.
The best way to go around town is by bus or skytrain. The buses goes to every corner of Greater Vancouver. Skytrain starts running at 5:30am in the morning till 1:30am the next day. For only $4.00 you can either use the skytrain or bus.Vancouver also have ferries system which takes you to Vancouver island.
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The buses here aren't always...
The buses here aren't always on time, but most of the public transit system in Vancouver and region is cheaply priced, and well co-ordinated.
Besides many diverse and extensive bus routes, Vancouver has a well developed 'Skytrain' (rapid transit)
and ground-level train system.
Nearly all tourist sights in the city and neighbouring municipalities are accessible 7 days a week by public transit.
The region's public transit system is divided up into (3) 'travel zones. You'll have to pay $2.00 for 90 minutes of travel within one 'travel zone', such as the Vancouver zone, before 6:30 PM. After 6:30 PM, and on weekends $2.00 will pay for travel within and through all zones.
Travelling to the municipalities farthest from Vancouver, such as Surrey or Port Coquitlam will cost about $4.00 during the higher cost period.
Most major airlines fly to...
Most major airlines fly to Vancouver and there are tons of direct flights from Asia.
The public transport isn't as good as Toronto or Montreal but it is doable. If you don't know the city, a car can be a pain as parking is hard to find and is ridiculously expensive! Traffic isn't great either.
There are buses that run all day, fairly regularly and less frequently until after 2 in the morning (for those that go clubbing)
There is a sky train but it is yet to be expanded upon- the second line servicing Coquitlam is being built right now. Only really useful if you are somehow staying in a suburb like Surrey or Burnaby and need to get back into the city centre. If you are in East Vancouver and need to get downtown, you can also take the skytrain.
Cabs are fairly expensive but are sometimes necessary when travelling late at night. Pack four people in the cab if you can to save money.
Bus, SkyTrain, SeeBus Fares
Children 4 years and younger ride for free
When you pay cash on a bus,...
When you pay cash on a bus, and wish to change to another bus, SkyTrain or SeaBus, ask your operator for a transfer when you board. Transfers are valid for 90 minutes of travel in any direction. Fare receipts and validated FareSaver tickets also serve as transfers. Cash-fare passengers travelling more than one zone should always request a transfer and keep it as proof of payment. When you are issued a fare receipt or transfer, it will be colour coded to show the number or zones you have purchased. Proof of Payment Proof of payment is a valid transfer, fare receipt, validated FareSaver ticket or pass. You must carry proof of payment when transferring from one transit vehicle to another, when crossing zone boundaries and at all times while in a Fare Paid Zone. An operator or attendant may ask to see your proof of payment at any time and persons without may be subject to penalties and/or prosecution.
Whatever is good for you...
The best way to go around the city is a car, a bus, or skytrain.
There might be problems with parking, one thing that the number or parking lots is limited, also it costs 10$ per hour...OUCH!
So it's more reasonable to get one day pass for all types of transportation and tour the city all day long.
Or if you take a car it's more convinient.
Taking the bus and skytrain around Vancouver is a inexpensive and easy way of traveling. If you can stay outside of the downtown core, you can save some money and only be a short train ride away. The system itself is not too large there are only two lines, so it's not too confusing.
Public Transportation in Vancouver
Public transportation in the Greater Vancouver area is handled by TransLink. Unlike the rest of province, BCTransit doesn't have jurisdiction in the Vancouver region. But don't let that confuse you. Vancouver still has a sound system of buses, a rail system--the SkyTrain, and a water taxi service that serves central Vancouver with its nothern suburbs across the Burrard Inlet--the SeaBus. All of these excellent, reliable and most of all, cheap!
There is also an independent local rail system which operates in Vancouver region called the West Coast Express.
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Trans Link - Vancouver's public transport. It was pretty easy to use...even though there were a few times when I wasn't sure of which bus to jump on.
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