Vancouver’s Best Public Transit Sightseeing Tours

by Julie Ovenell-Carter on November 7, 2010

by Julie Ovenell-Carter | November 7th, 2010  

Sometimes the best sightseeing tours aren’t. That is, sometimes the most authentic way to get to know a city isn’t on a big red bus crowded with other tourists.

In Vancouver, it’s easy to sightsee through a local’s lens: just buy a TransLink day pass and hop on public transit.

These budget-friendly transit trips from downtown route through some of the city’s prettiest and most interesting areas:

#5 Robson/Davie:

#10 Granville:

  • Take the #10 bus from Waterfront Station and travel south through some of Vancouver’s most affluent neighbourhoods to the Marine Drive Canada Line station, and then take the new light-rail train back downtown.

#44 UBC:

#250 Horseshoe Bay:

  • This bus follows the scenic “low road” (Marine Drive) to the seaside village–and BC Ferries terminal–of Horseshoe Bay where you’ll find a great view of Howe Sound, North America’s southern-most fjord. From there, if you want, you can make the 20-minute crossing to Bowen Island–an easy and excellent day trip.


  • A 20-minute (return-trip) mini-cruise across Burrard Inlet to Vancouver’s North Shore. Grab lunch at the Lonsdale Quay or walk a few minutes up Lonsdale Street for a wider choice of restaurants.
  • Note: use TransLink’s trip planning tool to plan other transit trips throughout Vancouver.

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April 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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Liz April 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Lovely article. I’m traveling through Vancouver on a layover in a few months and attempting to plan an outing instead of waiting at the airport for 7 hours. Which of these routes would you say are a must under a time constraint? Any suggestions of great nearby restaurants?

Julie Ovenell-Carter April 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hi Liz,
If you have a layover of four hours or longer, it’s easy to see a little of Vancouver, even if all you do is take the Canada Line from YVR to downtown Vancouver–it only takes 24 minutes!

Len May 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

We will be in Vancouver for a brief two days in early December. Any advice on getting as much of an overview of the city as possible most appreciated.

Julie Ovenell-Carter May 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Hi Len,

Here’s a link to my post on how to spend 48 hours in Vancouver:

Hope you find it helpful!

Sightseeing-tours February 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

Thanks for Sharing!!
Really its make our trip a memorable experience of fun, thrills, and excitement.


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