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Vancouver Public Transit System

There are three public transit ways of getting around in Vancouver and in and around the lower mainland.

Vancouver Public Transit

Actually, there are two public-transit bus systems Translink (services the entire lower mainland) and Blue Bus (services West Vancouver) plus the skytrain plus the seabus.

They are all available everyday of the week.

However you decide to travel the fares are all exactly the same and let you transfer easily between all buses (both translink and blue bus), skytrain and seabus.

You can pick up a public transit bus schedule at any library, most hotels, and tons of retail stores and you can get pretty much anywhere in the lower mainland on a bus or a combination of bus, skytrain and seabus.

Skytrain travels either above or below ground on rails. It leaves from a public transit station every 10 minutes and it will get you where you’re going in a jiffy.

The Canada Line will take you south to the airport and you can travel east as far as Surrey.

The seabus crosses Vancouver harbour and connects Vancouver and North Van (also called North Vancouver or the North Shore).

Vancouver Public Transit

On the Vancouver side you get on from the seabus station at the edge of Gastown and 12 minutes later you'll be at the North Vancouver station at the Lonsdale Quay (from there you can catch a bus if you need to).

Vancouver public transit operates on a 3 zone system. You pay according to the time of day and how many zones you have to cross to get where you’re going.

You can buy a transit bus ticket from the bus driver but they don’t make change so make sure you have the right fare.

For the skytrain or seabus you can buy a ticket at the ticket vending machine at the stations.

The machines take Canadian 5, 10 and 20 dollar bills; 1 and 2 dollar coins as well as 5, 10.and 25 cent pieces.

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