TRANSPORTATION AROUND VANCOUVER
The Metro Vancouver area is served by a rich network of public and private transportation options including buses, the SkyTrain, the SeaBus, and Taxis. Please note that there are currently no ride-hailing services like Uber in the Metro Vancouver area.
Getting from and to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Located on Sea Island in Richmond (the adjacent city to Vancouver), Vancouver International Airport is one of the busiest and yet most accessible airports in North America. Several transportation options connect the airport to downtown Vancouver.
SkyTrain Canada Line
Canada Line is the rapid rail transit line that links YVR, Richmond and Vancouver. Upon finishing the customs and immigration procedures, follow the signs marked “Ground Transportation” and “Train to City” to get to the platform. The trip between YVR and Vancouver City Centre (the closest Canada Line Station to the Four Seasons Hotel) takes about 25 minutes. Zone fares are in effect on Canada Line and other SkyTrain lines (see the section below). A single trip from the airport to Vancouver costs a total of $9.25 CAD, including a $5 CAD Canada Line YVR AddFare. This fare does not apply to trips to YVR.
Taxis are available at stands on L2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area. Flat zone fares (ranging from $20 to $41 CAD, excluding gratuities) apply for trips from YVR. Metered rates apply on trips to YVR or from YVR but to areas outside of the zones. Please check the zone maps and YVR website for information on fares and accessibility. The Four Seasons Hotel is in Zone 9 (Canada Place/Downtown) and UBC is in Zone 9 (The University of British Columbia).
GETTING AROUND VANCOUVER
Public transit service across the Metro Vancouver Region is managed by Translink, the regional transportation authority. Translink’s services include buses, Skytrain, and SeaBus, which allow easy getting around in the region.
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SkyTrain is the rapid transit system serving the Metro Vancouver region. With the first line built to serve Expo 86, SkyTrain currently operates three lines: Expo, Millennium, and the Canada Line, connecting Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey and YVR airport. With 79.6 km of track running fully automated trains, SkyTrain is the longest automated driverless train system in the world!
The closest SkyTrain station to the Four Seasons Hotel is Vancouver City Centre (Canada Line). SkyTrain does not reach UBC.
Translink operates a vast network of buses, trolleys and Community Shuttles in the Metro Vancouver region, connecting various hubs, exchanges, SkyTrain stations and tourist destinations. UBC is one of the major bus terminals in the region. Main east-west bus routes that stop at UBC include 4, 9, 14, 25, 41, 49 and Express Buses 99B, 43, 44 and 480. Express Bus 44, and bus 4 and 14 connect UBC and downtown Vancouver. A single flat rate applies to all the routes (see the section below on public transit fares).
The SeaBus is a passenger-only ferry service that crosses the Burrard Inlet, connecting downtown Vancouver and the city of North Vancouver. The SeaBus terminal on the Vancouver side is at Waterfront Station, close to the Vancouver Convention Centre. A crossing in one direction takes about 12 minutes.
Fares and the Compass Card
Zone fares apply to Skytrain and SeaBus. Buses, even when traveling across zones, has a single flat rate of $3 CAD (a one-zone fare). Purchasing a Compass Card and storing value in it can save you money—a reduced fare is applied when using the Compass Card. The card can be purchased at all Skytrain Stations and SeaBus terminals.
You can also tap your contact Visa and Mastercard credit card, or mobile payment devices on card readers on buses or before entering platforms or terminals in the SkyTrain and SeaBus systems. Buses accept coins as well, but not cash. Don’t tap your wallet on the card reader—card clash may occur if multiple payment methods (including the Compass Card) are tapped at the same time!
Please visit the TransLink trip planner to plan you trip and get information on fares, fare zones, maps and schedules.
Most of Metro Vancouver taxis have a flag rate of $3.25 CAD. The per km charge is approx. $1.9 CAD. Night rates will apply. A one-way trip from downtown Vancouver to UBC costs about $30-35 CAD, excluding gratuities.
Phone numbers of some taxi companies in Metro Vancouver:
Yellow Cab: 604-681-1111
Richmond Taxi: 604-272-1111
Black Top Taxi: 604-731-1111
Bonny’s Taxi: 604-451-1111