Bus and Rapid-Transit Travel

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Bus and Rapid-Transit Travel

TransLink, Metro Vancouver's public transport system, includes regular bus service, rapid transit (known as SkyTrain), and a 400-passenger commuter ferry (SeaBus) that connects downtown to the North Shore.

Fares are based on zones: one zone (C$2.50), two zones (C$3.75), or three zones (C$5). Travel within the Vancouver city limits is a one-zone trip; traveling between Vancouver and the North Shore or Vancouver and Richmond is two zones. Day passes (C$9, good across all zones) and discounted FareSaver tickets (sold in books of 10, at outlets such as 7-Eleven, Safeway, and London Drugs) can also be purchased. Tickets for bus travel require exact change at time of embarkation, while SkyTrain and SeaBus tickets are purchased from machines (correct change isn't necessary). Tickets, which are valid for 90 minutes and allow travel in any direction on the buses, SkyTrain, or SeaBus, must be carried with you as proof of payment.

There are three SkyTrain lines: the Expo Line and the Millennium Line share the same stations between downtown and Commercial Drive, so unless you're going east of Commercial Drive, you can use either line. Trains leave about every two to five minutes. The Canada Line travels to Richmond's commercial hub (for great shopping) and to Vancouver International Airport, a ride that's less than 30 minutes. Canada Line trains leave about every 6 to 10 minutes, more frequently during the morning and evening rush hours.

SkyTrain is convenient for transit between downtown, B.C. Place Stadium, Pacific Central Station, Science World, and Vancouver International Airport. SeaBus is the fastest way to travel between downtown and the North Shore (there are bus connections to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain).

Contacts

SkyTrain (604/953–3333. www.translink.ca.)

TransLink (604/953–3333. www.translink.ca.)

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