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Vancouver Transit Reviews
Using Vancouver transit easily Sep 01, 2011
This will go with all my Metro Vancouver reviews that I do. I will make the assumption that most of the readers will be staying in downtown and as such all the directions are from the intersection of Granville and Georgia Streets. This intersection is home to two Skytrain Stations and three major bus stops. From these two streets you can get to any place important in 45 minutes or less.
Translink (Vancouver's transit) is made up of three main parts. The biggest is the hundreds of kms of bus routes that cover all of Metro Vancouver. The next part is the three line Skytrain (kind of like our metro) that covers Vancouver and it some of it's suburbs. The final part is it's three ferry two station Seabus.
Riding the system is fairly easy. One of the best parts are the fares are the same ticket for all three parts of the system. So if you buy your ticket on a bus you can still use it on the Seabus or Skytrain or vice versa.
The hardest part of the trip will be figuring how how much to pay. Translink uses a 3 zone system and you pay by how many zones you travel in. The good news is if you stay in the City of Vancouver you will be staying in one zone (today's price is $2.50). If you go over to any of the North Shore attractions or to the airport that is 2 zones ($3.25). If by some unusual chance you go all three zones then it is $4.00. All of the Seabus and Skytrain stations have zone maps so that should help.
All Skytrain and Seabus stations have machines that you pay at. The machines accept cash and credit cards. The machines take up to $20 bills but give change only in coins. The buses however only take exact cash. No matter who or where you pay make sure you get and keep your transfer(the ticket).
All transfers are good for 90 minutes and you can use it as many times as you need to on any of the system's buses, trains or boats.
As I said before all directions are based from the intersection of Georgia and Granville. There are three bus stops located here. Buses heading south and west, within Vancouver are found on the west side of Granville Street. Buses heading east in the city are located on the east side of Granville. Buses going to the suburbs of North Vancouver and West Vancouver are located on the north side of Georgia, right in front of the Bay store. Any bus route that passes through downtown goes through this intersection.
There are two station at the intersection. On the northeast side of the intersection you find Granville Station. Trains from here run east to eastern Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. On the southwest corner you have City Centre Station. Trains from this station all head south into southern Vancouver and Richmond (including our international airport).
The Seabus connects downtown (Waterfront Station) to the suburb of North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay) across the Burrard Inlet. Waterfront Station is a few blocks north of Granville and Georgia and can be reached with a short walk or a two station ride on the Skytrain, going west.
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