Vancouver Public Transit

Getting Around in Vancouver BC Transit Skytrain Canada Line

Once you land at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), pick up your luggage and follow the airport signs for directions to the Canada Line.  The Canada Line (part of Translink, Metro Vancouver’s public transit system) is Vancouver’s newest transit line that brings you directly from the airport into downtown Vancouver and Richmond.

How long will it take to get to Downtown Vancouver from Vancouver Airport (YVR)?

Based on Translink’s website, it will take an average of 24 minutes to travel from YVR to Vancouver City Center (Granville Street – Vancouver Downtown).  Note: Platform sign will show “Canada Line to Waterfront”.

What is the fare from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver?

Translink’s fare varies based on users’ age, time and day of the week, and the zone in which users will travel.  Please see below for more information.

Weekdays from start of service to 630pm

Regular Fares Fare Zone Adult Concession*
1 Zone $2.50 $1.75
2 Zone $3.75 $2.50
3 Zone $5.00 $3.50

Getting Around in Vancouver Skytrain Ticket Zone*Concession fares are for those who travel at a reduced price – these include children from 5 to 13 years old and seniors 65+ with proof of age

*Fare Zones: “After 630pm on weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays discount fares apply and purchasing a one-zone ticket will allow you to travel through all zones”

There are three fares zones in Metro Vancouver.  We will only focus on the common two zones for tourists (Yellow Zone is Vancouver and Red Zone is West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster).  “The number of zone boundaries you cross during your trip will determine your fare.

You can see Tranlink Zone map here.

Canada Line YVR AddFare ($5.00) is applied to the fare when travelling from YVR to Bridgeport Station or beyond such as Vancouver Downtown.

Therefore, a single adult fare from YVR (Richmond) to Downtown Vancouver may vary from $7.50 to $8.75 and single concession fare is $6.75 to $7.50, based on the time and day of the week.

How to save money on public transit?

(1) Purchase a book of FareSaver Tickets (pack of ten One-Zone Adult TransLink tickets) for $21, versus $25 when purchasing ten individual tickets.   That is a savings of 16%!

Note: You can split your FareSaver Tickets with your travel companions.

Concession FareSaver Tickets costs $17

(2) Purchase a DayPass if you are planning to use the transit system for the duration of the day.

The DayPass allows you to travel on the bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus for the entire day with no restriction on any fare zones.  There are various transit zones as you travel throughout the various parts of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver etc), and each zone has a different fare price.  Hence, having a DayPass is the most cost effective way to visit multiple tourist attractions in the various parts of Greater Vancouver.

DayPass for Adults and concession is $9 and $7, respectively.

(3)**Important Savings**

Customers who use Daypass and FareSaver tickets are exempt from the Canada Line YVR $5.00 AddFare.

You can purchase at the 7-Eleven or the Pharmasave on Level 1, Arrivals.

What if I am to go elsewhere?

Translink provides a useful tool on their website to plan your trip on public transit.  All you need to do is enter your travel information (such as current location, final destination and time) and the trip planner will return several trip options that include routes, trip start and end time, duration of trip, number of transfers and the fare.

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