Public transit in Vancouver is administered on a regional basis. Residents know this system as TRANSLINK. Within this system there are different modes of travel (bus, train and ferries).
The old Canadian Pacific Railway station, a heritage building, serves as the hub for the Seabus, Skytrain and the Westcoast Express as well as connections to the bus system. This building on Cordova Street is referred to as Waterfront Station.
The Seabus is a ferry system that links the downtown Vancouver waterfront (beside Canada place and the Waterfront Skytrain station) to North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay across Burrard Inlet.
On a beautiful day, if you are downtown, there no better deal on an excursion than a trip on the Seabus. For a regular transit fare that is good for one and a half hours (return trip) you can cross to North Vancouver, enjoy the views and take a rest & refreshments at Lonsdale Quay. We hope these images give you reason to consider the option.
Skytrain is a mostly elevated light rapid rail system that connects the most densely populated areas around Vancouver with the downtown core. This system has encouraged development of new commerce and residential areas along its path.
The rail service called Westcoast Express is a commuter system operating during each rush hour in one direction only. Into town in the morning and back to the suburbs in the evening. Its point of origin is Mission in the east all the way to downtown Vancouver where it connects with the Seabus, Skytrain and the rest of the Vancouver system at the Waterfront Station.
Two inland ferries operate in the Lower Mainland. One operates across the Fraser River between Maple Ridge at Albion and Langley at Fort langley. The other connects Surrey with Barnston Island in the Fraser River.