Getting Around Vancouver by public and private transportation

Getting around Vancouver on either foot or by vehicle is rather easy. The city has been broken into a “zone” systems which allows you to travel around the downtown area as well as exploring your way to some of the out- lying communities and tourist attractions.

The BC Transit System includes electric buses, the sea bus and a light-rail Skytrain.
It’s an ecologically friendly and extremely reliable system that allows you to go everywhere, from the beaches to the ski slopes!
The fares are bases on the number of zones you travel. One ticket allows you to travel from one mode of transportation to another for 90 minutes in one direction.

  • one zone – $2.25
  • two zone – $3.25
  • three zone – $4.50

After 6:30pm on weekdays and all weekends and holidays you can travel through all 3 zones for $2.25 (in one direction).
Keep in mind that drivers do not make change, so make sure you have the exact change or buy tickets from ticket machines located at all transit stations.
For more information on schedules and routes check out

Taxis are easy to find in front of major hotel, but flagging one down can sometimes be tricky. Most drivers are usually on radio calls, there are so many taxis in Vancouver that it is faster to call for one then to actually try to hail on down yourself.

  • Yellow Cab – 604.681.1111
  • Blacktop – 604.731.1111
  • MacLure’s – 604.731.9211

Cab fares start at $2.30 and increase at a rate of $1.25 per kilometer, plus 30 cents per minute at stop lights and sitting in traffic. You shouldn’t pay more then $10 when traveling around downtown Vancouver and the average fare to and from the airport is around $25.

Bike rentals are very easy to find along Robson street and Denman street near Stanley Park. Paved paths crisscross through parks and along beaches through-out the city, and new ones are continuously being added. Helmets are mandatory and you will be fined if you are caught riding without one, it is also illegal to ride on sidewalks unless it is a designated bike path.
You can take your bike free of charge on most of the bus routes in the transit system, but it is best to check this out before hand to make sure the bus you want to take is equipped with a bike carry.

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