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Transit 101

There are a variety of integrated transit services to help you get around Metro Vancouver quickly and easily.

Transit Service in Metro Vancouver

  • Buses: We have an extensive bus network composed of buses, trolleys, and community shuttles. 85% of Metro Vancouver residents have a bus stop within 400 metres of their home.
  • SkyTrain: The Expo and Millennium SkyTrain Lines connect downtown Vancouver with the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Port Moody, and Coquitlam. The Canada Line connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the city of Richmond.
  • SeaBus: A passenger-only ferry that crosses the Burrard Inlet, connecting downtown Vancouver with the North Shore.
  • West Coast Express: A Monday to Friday commuter rail service operating during peak morning and evening periods between downtown Vancouver and Mission.
  • Accessible Transit Programs: We offer a variety of services to ensure people with disabilities, seniors, and new immigrants are comfortable and confident when using public transit.

Visit the Schedules and Maps section for more information about our services and where/when they run.

Boarding a Bus

When boarding a bus, please ensure that you're standing right at the bus stop prior to its arrival.

For safety reasons, a bus driver's main priority is to keep their eyes on the road, and they don't always have time to look outside of the bus stop area for passengers intending on taking the bus.

Customers should also be at the stop prior to the arrival of the bus, this increases the chance that a driver will see you.


Fare Pricing

Your transit fare is determined by your mode of travel, time of day, and how many zones you travel in.

Buses are a 1-Zone fare, all day, every day. SkyTrain and SeaBus require a 1-, 2-, or 3-Zone fare, depending on the number of geographical zone boundaries you cross during your trip.

SkyTrain and SeaBus fare is also determined by the time of day. After 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and all-day Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, travel across the entire Metro Vancouver region only requires a 1-Zone fare.

A single fare is valid for 90 minutes across Metro Vancouver. Visit our Fares section for information on fare prices, tickets and passes, where to buy your fare, and more. 


Tips when Using Transit

We have plenty of tools you can use to help you plan your trip and get around Metro Vancouver.

  • Trip Planner: Tell us where you're starting from and where you want to go and we'll find the best route to get you there. Find out how long your trip will take, if there are any transfers involved and how much it costs. We'll even show you if there's any walking required to get from one stop to another.
  • Alerts: Find out if there are any unplanned service disruptions on the system, details on bus re-routes, special events, or other planned transit maintenance that could affect your trip.
  • Mobile Website: Use our mobile website while you're on the go and get the information you need where and when you need it. Our mobile tools can help you plan your trip, get updated schedule information, or find out when the next bus is coming — in real time! Visit our Mobile Information page for more details. 

Wheelchair, Scooter, and Stroller Priority on Buses

The order of priority for the wheelchair/scooter positions (accessibility area) on all buses are:

  1. Customers who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility aids.
  2. Seniors or customers with other mobility issues.
  3. Customers with strollers.

Using Strollers on Transit

The maximum size for strollers is 24 inches by 48 inches. Ensure your strollers do not obstruct aisles and doors on transit vehicles. If you wish to fold the stroller, please make sure it is placed in a location that does not obstruct aisles or doorways. It is not necessary to use wheelchair restraints on buses, but you must hold the stroller in place and set the stroller brakes. Should you require a ramp, inform the driver before boarding. Once boarded, the driver may ask to confirm that the stroller brakes are on. The maximum number of strollers that can be accommodated is limited only by coach type and the amount of space available on the coach.

Please note that bus drivers may request, but not enforce, that you leave the accessibility area to accommodate other priority customers.

    If you're new to our transit services:

    Make sure you check out our entire Rider Guide section for everything you need to know about using our system.

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