Transportation

Getting to UBC from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

By Shuttle Bus

Shuttle buses will be available during peak hours. Students arriving during the scheduled pick-up hours will be met at the Vancouver airport by the UBC VSP Welcome Team. Students arriving outside of scheduled pick-up hours are responsible for aranging their own transportation to UBC.

Details and further information regarding the shuttle bus schedules will be provided closer to the start of the program. 

By Taxi

Students arriving outside of shuttle pick-up hours can take a taxi or public transportation to UBC. If taking a taxi, have the address of the residence assigned and the map ready for the driver. Tipping is customary with any services. Taxis from the airport to Vancouver use a zone fare system and it will cost $37 CAD per trip. Gratuities (typically 10% to 15%) are not included.

From the airport, the taxi stand is straight outside the main exit. 

By Ride-hailing App

Ride-hailing services (Uber and Lyft) are now operating in Vancouver. There are three designated pick-up areas in the airport:

  • International Arrivals, Level 2
  • Domestic Arrivals, Level 2
  • South Terminal
By Public Transit

Public Transportation from the airport to UBC costs approximately $7-10 per person and will take around an hour. Refer to this Google map or the TransLink Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Note: YVR/Airport to Waterfront – First Train at 5:07am; Last Train at 12:56am 

To get to the YVR Airport Station, exit the International Arrivals Area and follow the signs marked Canada Line. The platform will be upstairs so you will need to follow the signs and take an escalator or elevator. 

From the YVR Airport Station, you will need to travel to Langara – 49th Station, Oakridge – 41st Station, or Broadway – City Hall Station.

LANGARA – 49TH STATION
Get off the train and take the #49 UBC bus (directly outside of the station)

OAKRIDGE – 41ST STATION
Get off the train and take the #41 or #R4 UBC bus (across the street, in front of Coromandel Properties)

BROADWAY – CITY HALL STATION
Get off the train and take the #99 UBC bus (across the street, in front of London Drugs)


Getting Around

Vancouver’s public transit system, TransLink, includes buses, the SkyTrain (an elevated and an underground train), and the SeaBus (a ferry that runs between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore). Only buses stop at the UBC campus. For more information, visit TransLink.

The main east-west bus routes that stop at UBC are: 4, 9, 14, 25, R4 41st Ave, 49 and 99 B-Line. Express buses include 99 B-Line, R4 41st Ave, 44 and 480. There are two primary bus stop locations, the main bus loop and the nearby bus loop terminals 9 – 13 where you can get on the 4, 9, 14 and 258 buses.



There are two main bridges used to enter downtown from UBC, Burrard and Granville. Take the 44 to get over the Burrard Bridge. Get over the Granville Bridge by taking the 4 or 14, and also by taking the express 99 and transfer to the 10, 14 or 16 buses at the Granville and Broadway stop.

 

Use Google Maps or TransLink Trip Planner to plan your trip. 


Fare Zones and Pricing

The transit system is divided into three zones. The fare depends on how many zones you cross if travelling by SkyTrain or SeaBus. Journeys starting after 6:30pm on weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, across the entire Metro Vancouver region only require a one zone fare. Visit TransLink’s webpage on Fare Pricing for more information and Fare Zone maps.

 Zone 1

 City of Vancouver, University Endowment Lands (UBC)

 Zone 2

 North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Bowen Island, etc.

 Zone 3

 Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, etc.



Fares are valid for 90 minutes regardless of the number of buses taken or the direction travelled. You may travel on buses by purchasing a ticket in cash (exact change required) upon boarding. You can also purchase a ticket by using a pre-paid Compass Card or by tapping a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on card readers to pay an adult, cash fare. Compass Cards are required to travel or transfer on SkyTrains or SeaBuses. You can pick up the Compass Card, bus schedules and route maps at the UBC Bookstore or at SkyTrain stations throughout Vancouver. Pre-loaded Compass Cards will be available at the UBC Bookstore for $16 (with $10 stored value and a $6 refundable deposit). 

Compass cards are re-loadable at ticket machines. More information on the Compass Card is available on the TransLink website