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How To Get Around Vancouver

How can I get around Vancouver?

Living in Vancouver offers a lot of options when it comes to getting around, but just so we’re clear up front. It’s 2019 and we still don’t have Uber or Lyft like most of the world.

That aside, let’s look at how to get around in Vancouver.

You’ve got the public transit system, which I believe is one of the best in the world.

The transit system consists of 1000’s of buses and 4 major sky train lines (with more coming) and a little boat we like to call the seabus that takes people from Downtown Vancouver across the burrard inlet and over to North Vancouver.

The combination of buses and skytrain makes it possible to get pretty much anywhere in the Metro Vancouver area very easily. I made a video that goes into detail about the transit system and how to use it here.

Of course, there are downsides to public transit compared to other modes of transportation when it comes to how to get around Vancouver.

One being time. It does take longer to get around compared to say driving a car, which is always an option if you want to rent one from a car rental business.

BUT that’s not the only option when it comes to cars in Vancouver. The age old method of using a rental car service still exists, however it can get pretty expensive. If you do plan to stay in the city for awhile you might want to look into the car share services we have.

For instance, we have a car share called Evo. They offer day rates for $90, gas INCLUDED. No limits on miles/Km traveled and they cover the gas and insurance for $90. Split that between you and you’re friends and you’re paying around $25 a head to have a car for the entire day.

There’s a lot more to the car share programs than I can talk about here and there are also a few other car shares that offer different options so you’ll have to do a little bit of research and find which one works for you.

If you’re staying in the city limits of Vancouver you can take advantage of the bike share system the city has. It can be extremely handy if you feel comfortable on a bike and want to get around the city quickly. I made a video that explains how to use the bikes in less than 2 minutes.

Let’s do a quick recap on how to get around in Vancouver.

  1. Public Transit
  2. Rental Cars
  3. Local Car Share Programs
  4. Bike Share

We can add the obvious options like a taxi or walking to this list, but I don’t think I need to tell you to walk. I’m fairly certain you already know that.

And as for taxi’s it’s very similar to any other big city, which means you just wave your hand at a passing cab to get their attention and it’s that easy, I think we’ve all taken a taxi before as some point in our life.

As for the lack of Uber or Lyft in the city, it’s due in part to the taxi cab companies actually, but I won’t get into that here. As for the future of getting around Vancouver it does look bright. Uber is currently in other Canadian cities like Toronto, Calgary and Montreal and it’s only a matter of time before Vancouver adds it to the list of ways to get around Vancouver.