VF 2020 – Abridged Transit Guide

INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ROUTE BEFORE DEPARTURE.

 From the Vancouver YVR Airport:

        Skytrain Canada line to Waterfront, until end of line. => Switch to Expo line to King George, until Surrey Central => R1 Rapid Bus to Guildford Exchange, until end of line. => Cross over to the next block, then over to the other side of the street. The hotel will be towards the middle of the block.

From the Abbotsford YXX Airport:

        Ebus from Abbotsford YXX to Surrey SGRC. => Walk backwards to 152 St. => First right, then first left. The hotel will be towards the middle of the block.

From Downtown Vancouver – Can start directly in Expo line (~1h):

        Skytrain Canada line to Waterfront, until end of line. => Switch to Expo line to King George, until Surrey Central => R1 Rapid Bus to Guildford Exchange, until end of line. => Cross over to the next block, then over to the other side of the street. The hotel will be towards the middle of the block.

 From Richmond (~1h30):

        Bus to Skytrain Canada line => Canada line to Waterfront, until end of line. => Switch to Expo line to King George, until Surrey Central => R1 Rapid Bus to Guildford Exchange, until end of line. => Cross over to the next block, then over to the other side of the street. The hotel will be towards the middle of the block.

        410 bus to 22nd Street skytrain on Expo line. => Expo line to King George, until Surrey Central => R1 Rapid Bus to Guildford Exchange, until end of line. => Cross over to the next block, then over to the other side of the street. The hotel will be towards the middle of the block.

Helpful Tips and Useful Info:

  • If you plan on taking more transit on the day of your arrival, it is best to purchase a day pass. You will need a 3 zone pass out of the airport anyway.
  • Busses only take coins (and don’t give change) and sell single use bus transfers that can be used for 90 minutes on all busses.
  • Kiosks on skytrain stations accept credit and debit cards.
  • Daypasses (10.5$) are more cost effective than single tickets if you plan to make more than one trip, as they allow for unlimited trips until the end of service for the day. They can be purchases at kiosks on skytrain stations.
  • Single fare tickets bought at ticket vending machines on stations can be used for up to 90 minutes as unlimited transfers to all transit services.
  • Keep your ticket or card as proof of as fare checks may happen and lead to fines.
  • For skytrain, the city is divided in 3 zones, which have different pricings for skytrain tickets.
  • On weekends, holidays and after 18:30 all services are charged as a single zone.
  • Bus drivers are usually knowledgeable and willing to help you get down in the right stop, if you know its name or if it’s near a landmark or point of reference. (E.g.: Guildford mall for the con hotel)
  • Arrive at the stops early, especially in suburban areas, where service is less frequent.
  • Plan backup routes. Problems are rare, but may occur, and with more routes you'll have a better chance to get to your destination. 
  • Some SkyTrain stations have “Plan your trip here” kiosks with maps, departure times and transit alerts that can be useful if you are a bit lost.
  • Bus stops can be inconspicuous. If you can’t find a stop that should be there, look at the posts for a rectangular sign. It will have a white T in blue background, a yellow stop number and the bus numbers where they are headed in blue
  • Translink Alerts has up-to-date information on issues with the transit system.
  • Translink Twitter is less detailed, but replies to messages if they aren’t overloaded.
  • Translink Next Bus lists the next busses scheduled to a stop.
  • The Transit app has real time info and bay numbers for all busses and skytrain lines in metro Vancouver. 
  • Translink can also be called at 604.953.3333 for up to date transit information and help.
  • Google maps will be your friend. Remember to pre-load routes if you don’t have internet access.