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December 21, 2023 - Media Release

Free transit for TransLink customers on New Year’s Eve

Customers ride for free starting at 5 p.m. on December 31

Route 5 bus travelling downtown at night, pedestrians crowding sidewalks

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – TransLink is offering free transit for all services this New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. on December 31 until 5 a.m. on January 1.

During these hours, fare gates at SkyTrain and SeaBus stations will remain open and customers will not be required to tap Compass Cards or use other payment methods. Customers who begin trips before 5 p.m. are advised to tap out as normal to ensure they’re charged the correct fare.

New Year’s Eve service details:

  • Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule, with over 30 additional buses throughout the system and extra service on select routes.
  • SkyTrain service will operate on an extended Sunday schedule.
    • Last train from Waterfront to King George at 2:16 a.m.

    • Last train from Waterfront to Lougheed at 2:11 a.m.

    • Last train from Waterfront to Production Way–University at 1:40 a.m.

    • Last train from Waterfront to YVR–Airport Station at 2:05 a.m.

    • Last train from Waterfront to Richmond–Brighouse at 2:15 a.m.

  • SeaBus will be running on an extended Sunday schedule, with service every 15 minutes until 1:22 a.m. and every 30 minutes until the last sailing from Waterfront Station at 2:22 a.m.
  • NightBus will continue operating after SkyTrain and SeaBus service ends.
    • NightBus runs throughout the night on key routes in Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, and Surrey.
  • West Coast Express will not be operating.

Additional SkyTrain staff, Transit Police, and Transit Security officers will be on the system to direct and assist customers.

Plan your journey with Trip Planner, sign up for Transit Alerts, follow TransLink on Twitter @TransLink, or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333. 

More information:
New Year’s Eve service

Media contact:
TransLink Media Relations