Welcome to Metro Vancouver! Here are tips for getting to and from the airport, plus how to use transit to get you wherever you need to go in the region.
How to use Transit in Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver's public transit system is designed to be an easy and enjoyable experience for everyone. The more you know about how things work, the better your trip will be!
The SkyTrain is the region's autonomous rail rapid transit system. It consists of several lines: the Expo and Millenium SkyTrain lines and the Canada Line.
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.
When waiting for SkyTrain, wait behind the yellow line on the ground. Make sure to let the passengers exit the train before you hop on.
If you have any questions at our stations, you can talk to a SkyTrain Attendant. SkyTrain Attendants have labelled jackets and are here to help!
Learn more about SkyTrain service on the SkyTrain Schedules and Maps page.
Metro Vancouver has an extensive bus network composed of buses, RapidBuses, trolleys, and community shuttles. 85% of Metro Vancouver residents have a bus stop within 400 metres of their home.
Learn more about bus service on the Bus Schedules and Maps page.
SeaBus is a passenger-only ferry that crosses the Burrard Inlet, connecting downtown Vancouver with the North Shore.
Learn more about our SeaBus service on the SeaBus Schedules and Maps page.
West Coast Express
West Coast Express is a Monday to Friday commuter rail service operating during peak morning and evening periods between downtown Vancouver and Mission.
Learn more about West Coast Express on our West Coast Express Schedules and Maps page.
Fare Zones and How to Pay
The cost of your fare is determined by your mode of travel, time of day, and how many zones you travel in.
How often will you use transit in Metro Vancouver?
Option 1: Buy a one-time Compass Ticket
Unlimited transfers for 90 minutes from tap-in on any mode of transit (except West Coast Express). Valid on date of purchase only. Zone fare system applies.
Skip the line at the Compass Vending Machine.
Ride everywhere with your contactless American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa® credit or debit card, or mobile wallet to pay the adult cash fare.
Unlimited trips on the date you purchase, until the end of our service day.
Saves money if you use transit multiple times in one day.
Buy a re-loadable Compass Card. $6 refundable deposit required.
Option 1: Add Stored Value to your Compass Card
Load your card with $5 or more
The system automatically deducts the correct fare for each trip.
Load your card with a DayPass for unlimited same-day trips.
Saves money if you use transit multiple times in one day.
How to Pay
We accept a number of payment options for fares, including:
Contactless payment cards
Mobile wallets: Apple, Google, or Samsung Pay
Cash (bus services only)
Kids Ride Free!
Children aged 12 and under can ride TransLink services free of charge. Learn more on the Fare Pricing and Zones page.
Compass Card: The Reloadable Fare Card
Compass Cards and Tickets are available at SkyTrain stations, SeaBus terminals, Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay ferry terminals, YVR Airport, and select Vancouver retailers.
Tap your card on the reader at the fare gate when entering and exiting SkyTrain stations or SeaBus terminals. For buses, only tap the reader when you enter.See where to buy Compass Cards
Getting Around Map
We serve all the most popular tourist destinations in Metro Vancouver! Use the map below to plan a trip to your next destination.
Metro Vancouver Attractions
Getting to and from YVR Airport
Residents and visitors alike can take the Canada Line to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Station in Richmond to access key transit hubs in the region.
Take the Canada Line to and from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Station in Richmond. The Canada Line connects YVR airport and Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver. The total trip takes approximately 25 minutes.
The Canada Line also offers service between Waterfront Station and Richmond–Brighouse Station. To get to YVR from Aberdeen, Lansdowne, or Richmond–Brighouse stations, change at Bridgeport.
Transit Routes to and From YVR Airport
View transit routes to and from YVR Airport in Trip Planner.
Passengers travelling from YVR toward Downtown Vancouver are charged an additional $5 AddFare.
Getting to and from Major Metro Vancouver Ports
BC Ferry Terminals
View transit routes to and from Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in Trip Planner. This terminal services routes to Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island, and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal to/ from Canada Place Cruise Terminal
Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal to/ from Pacific Central Station
View transit routes to and from Tsawwassen Ferry terminal in Trip Planner. This flagship terminal services major routes to the southern Gulf Islands, Victoria and Duke Point on Vancouver Island.
Canada Place Cruise Terminal
View transit routes to and from Canada Place Cruise terminal in Trip Planner.
Pacific Central Station
View transit routes to and from Pacific Central Station in Trip Planner.
Plan Your Trip
Enter where you're departing from and where you're going to in our Trip Planner for detailed route information.
Bus schedules are also available at the Airport Customer Service Counters and at the Visitor Information Centres on the Arrivals Level of both terminals.
Where can I find out about transit disruptions?
You can view transit alerts, or subscribe to have them sent straight to your cell phone or email.
Are there any common rules for transit etiquette?
Our etiquette pages offer guidelines for a safer, more efficient journey, information on bringing pets when you travel, and tips for travelling in winter.
Does TransLink have any accessible transit options?
We know that many riders have accessibility needs, and do our best to accommodate them across our transit services. Learn more about accessible transit.
HandyDART offers door-to-door service to and from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Plan your trip by reviewing our HandyDART Pick-up/Drop-off Map.
If you’re taking a ferry, visit the BC Ferries website.
For things to do, seasonal events, restaurant, and hotel recommendations, check out Tourism Vancouver.
TransLink Rider Guide
Find out how to get around Metro Vancouver on transit with our Rider Guide.