Transit Tips

Getting Started

  • Check the bus # and destination displayed on the front of the bus if you’re unfamiliar with the route. Buses with the same route # run in both directions.
  • For transit schedules or trip information, call 604.953.3333 or visit TransLink’s website. Click on ‘Trip Planning’ for transit itineraries.
  • Transfers are valid for 90 minutes, regardless of the number of buses taken or the direction travelled. Hang on to your transfer… but don’t give it away. Transit tickets are not transferable; it is illegal to purchase or sell a used ticket.
  • Request-A-Stop between regular bus stops after 7 pm by asking the driver at least one stop prior.
  • There are 15 bus routes that serve UBC from all areas of the GVRD. Check TransLink’s Bus Schedules for their departure times and frequency:
4 Downtown, Powell, Phibbs Exch.
9 Alma, Broadway Stn., Boundary
17 Downtown, Oak
25 Brentwood Stn.
33 29th Avenue Station
41 Kerrisdale, Joyce Stn.
43 Joyce Stn.
44 Downtown
49 Kerrisdale, Joyce Stn.
84 VCC-Clark Stn.
99 Broadway Stn. (B-Line)
258 West Vancouver
480 Richmond Centre
N17 Downtown (Night Bus)

Getting to UBC


Downtown Vancouver

  • Take one of the following buses:#4, #44, #17, or #N17.

Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

  • Take bus #257 to West Georgia St. @ Burrard;
  • Either transfer to bus #44, which goes directly to UBC; or
  • Transfer to bus #22, to goes Macdonald at West Broadway, and then take the #99 B-Line to UBC.

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

  • Take bus #620 to Bridgeport station
  • Transfer to the Canada Line
  • Take any Westbound bus to UBC from stations in Vancouver (#84, #99, #25, #33, #41, or #43)

Vancouver International Airport

  • Take the Canada Line
  • Transfer to any westbound bus (#84, #99, #25, #33, #41, or #43) in Vancouver

Fare Pricing & Zones

Fares vary depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the number of zones you travel through. Trips within the City of Vancouver, including UBC, are one zone fares. Visit TransLink’s webpage on Fare Pricing for more information. Click here to see a map of Fare Zones.

Bikes on Transit

Cyclists may take their bikes on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and the West Coast Express.  Find out more about where and when you can bring your bike on transit by clicking here.

Transit Etiquette

  • Help free up room for standing passengers by removing your backpack and moving as far to the back of the buses as possible.
  • Priority seating at the front of the bus is for people with disabilities, seniors, and passengers with children.
  • Allowing people to disembark before attempting to board. The first forward-facing seats are particularly appropriate for blind passengers accompanied by guide dogs.
  • Moving well away from the doors so that others may board.
  • Move behind the red line and as far to the rear as possible.
  • Not occupying two seats by putting clothing or other belongings beside you, or sitting in an aisle seat.
  • Disembarking by the rear doors of buses when possible.
  • Keeping suitcases and backpacks out of the aisle.
  • Being careful that your shoulder bag, umbrella or camera doesn’t swing and hit a seated passenger on the head. Please remove and carry backpacks by hand.
  • Bundling skis and poles so that there are no sharp points and carrying them in an upright position.
  • Controlling the volume of music players so that others aren’t disturbed.
  • Not eating or drinking on board. Regulations say that food and drinks may not be consumed on TransLink vehicles and that only food that is properly wrapped and beverages that are securely covered may be transported.

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