I get a lot of questions about how to get around Vancouver from cruise ship passengers and day tourists – using public transportation, biking, hop on hop off bus tours, car rentals and ferry planning. If you’re planning a visit to Vancouver, here are some answers for Getting Around Vancouver.
Getting Around Town in Vancouver
Bikes, Trains, Ferry, Walks, and Oh, yeah even cars…
Traveling around Vancouver is one of the best ways to experience our beautiful city and discover why it’s so special. Rain or shine, we have some of the best ways to get from A to B. Whether by bike, on foot, on Skytrain, on Water, or even by car, you’ll experience what Vancouver is all about.
Walk. Vancouver is walkable.
In fact Vancouver was named The Most Walking City in Canada for the second year in a row! From Canada Place to Chinatown is a 2K walk. Gastown is adjacent to Chinatown, so a stroll up Water Street is within 2K. The longest walk, Stanley Park to Chinatown is a moderate 6-9K walk. From Stanley Park Lighthouse through Downtown to Granville Island is around a 5K walk. The Tourism Vancouver Website has some useful walkable maps of Vancouver. Download a map from the Tourism Vancouver website, and just enjoy walking the city.
Public Transportation – Translink Buses & Skytrain
During your visit to Vancouver the Translink DayPass – One Day Transit Pass is outstanding value for travelers – Translink DayPass $9.75 Adult Fare, Children 5yrs – 13yr qualify for Concession Fare prices ($7.50). Children 4 years and younger ride for free.
With the DayPass, you get unrestricted Public Transit travel in All 3 Zones, and can travel by Bus, Skytrain, or SeaBus from the first to the last transit service of the day. Buy a DayPass at any Skytrain stations near Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place or Waterfront, downtown at Pacific Centre, or at most convenient shops (7-Eleven, London Drugs).
By Water. Ferries and Water Taxis
You have to get out on the water to experience BC living. Whether using public transportation like the SeaBus from downtown Waterfront Station to the Wharf at North Vancouver, or the quick convenience of our water taxis (AquaBus and False Creek Ferries), or even traveling on longer journeys to/from Vancouver on BC Ferries – This is how we get around, we love it, and so can you. The services are all very friendly and helpful, and they take you to some areas accessible by water only, like Bowen Island. Longer ferry rides can be expensive, but BC Ferries also have some great deals with their all-inclusive vacations. They also have great customer service and very responsive twitter presence @BCFerries.
Hop On – Hop Off Tours
If you enjoy being whisked around to museums, shops and attractions for the day, try our Big Bus or Vancouver Trolly Tours. A great way to spend the day, let someone else do the driving, and hang out with other travellers. Tickets are approx.Adult $40 – 1 Day Pass , Family $90 2 Adults + 2 Children 12 & under) * Check fares online for rates, rates change.
Bikes. Bikeable Vancouver for Pleasure and for Transportation
Renting a bike is easy and affordable in Vancouver. There are a multitude of bike shops downtown, near Granville Island, and near Stanley Park that cater to tourists and visitors. Full-day rentals cost around $25-45. Half-day approx $25. Popular rentals Spokes near Stanley Park, and Reckless near Granville Island. Just be aware of traffic, and read road signs. Vancouver has inner city bike routes and amazing sea wall bike routes. We accommodate bike travel!
Automobiles. Taxis, Share Cars, Rental Cars
You don’t need to hire a rental car if you’re staying downtown. Plus it’s expensive and a hassle to park. If its late at night and you don’t want to walk (it does rain), take a taxi, lots of them. From downtown to most other downtown locations, the fare ranges $8-10 approx. We have lots of Car Shares available downtown if you’re a member, and want to venture further out : Modo, Zipcar, Car2Go. Renting a car is great for a purpose, like a road trip. We have spectacular Farm Self-Drive tours in the farmlands, and great local Wineries, and Provincial parks to visit, all not so easy by public transportation.
Go forth and Enjoy!
For more specialized tours, contact or visit the official Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre a few blocks from Canada Place at 200 Burrard St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 3L6. Tel: 604.683.2000
Hours: Open Daily from Sunday – Saturday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.